New Barriers to New Work? Evidence from Job Transitions in the Innovation Economy

Funded Research Proposal

The modern knowledge economy depends crucially on innovation, but adaptation to innovation has been linked to economic ills such as wage inequality, skill polarization, and geographic divergence. Between 2000 and 2016 alone, the U.S. shed approximately 6 million manufacturing jobs largely as a result of increasing pressure from automation and international trade.Read More

When do Firms Go Green? Comparing Price Incentives with Command and Control Regulations in India

Working Papers

India has a multitude of environmental regulations but a history of poor enforcement. Between 1996 and 2004, India‚Äôs Supreme Court required 17 cities to enact action plans to reduce air pollution through a variety of command-and-control (CAC) environmental regulations.Read More

Can Displaced Labor be Retrained? Evidence from Quasi-Random Assignment to Trade Adjustment Assistance

Working Papers

The extent to which workers adjust to labor market disruptions in light of increasing pressure from trade and automation commands widespread concern. However, surprisingly little is known about efforts that deliberately target the adjustment process.Read More

Can the State Pick Winners? Comparing Firm Outcomes from a Random Subsidy Lottery and Innovation-Targeted Subsidy Formula

Funded Research Proposal

In 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown recognized several of the state’s existing firm incentive policies aimed at catalyzing innovative activity in the state, to be ineffectual, citing poor incentive design.Read More

Do Local Production Subsidies Spur New Innovation Hubs?

Funded Research Proposal

The extent to which local incentive policies (such as subsidies and tax credits) are effective at spurring new centers of innovation, and whether these incentives induce overall productivity growth or just a shift of production from one region to another, is the subject of this proposal.Read More

The Impact of Industrial Policy and Export Processing Zones on Technological Growth: Evidence from a Panel of 7 Million Indian Firm Financial Statements

Funded Research Proposal

Scholars of industrial, trade, and urban economics have long been concerned with understanding the determinants of firm growth, and the mechanisms through which it propagates. Central to research in this area is the question of what role externalities and market imperfections play (if any) in hindering total factor productivity (TFP) growth.Read More