I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Boston University. My research interests include labor markets, human capital and underdevelopment, domestic and international migration, political economy, and urban economics.

Job Market Paper

Monopsony for Whom? Evidence from Brazilian Administrative Data

Recent interest in inter-firm wage differentials has led to a renewed debate regarding the extent of monopsony in labor markets. However, the recent empirical analysis on this topic has been split; studies of job separation activity suggest that firms hold high degrees of monopsony power, while studies of hiring activity provide little evidence for monopsony and are generally faced with simultaneity concerns. I leverage uniquely well-suited employer-employee matched administrative data from Brazil to study this discrepancy, looking both at whether firms offer higher wages to their new employees at the times when they are growing more rapidly, and the extent to which workers’ voluntary separation decisions depend on their own wage. The comprehensiveness of the data allow me to address simultaneity concerns through two novel “shift-share” style instruments, as well as the inclusion of local labor market fixed effects. Although my results provide clear evidence that labor markets are imperfect even at hiring, they also strongly suggest that firms hold comparatively little monopsony power over their new hires as compared to their existing workers. I discuss the implications of several models that can potentially explain these results.

Working Papers

The Division of Labor and the Labor Market: Are Specialized Worker Skillsets Valued?

The Impact of Having a Job at Migration on Settlement Decisions: Ethnic Enclaves as Job Search Networks

Work in Progress

  • Circling the Wagons: Do Immigrants Agglomerate in Response to Economic Shocks? (with Sam Bazzi)
  • Migration in Multi-period Citizen Candidate Voting Models (with Ben Solow)