I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at UC Davis. My research aims to provide guidance in dealing with the distributional impacts of globalization and economic policies.
I will join the Chair of International Economic Policy at the Gutenberg School of Management and Economics at the University of Mainz as a postdoctoral researcher in Summer 2021.
Research interests: international trade, labor economics, and spatial economics.
PhD in Economics, 2021 (expected)
MA in Economics, 2011
BA in Economics, 2009
Abstract: I study how regions respond to price shocks in the presence of internal migration. I examine Indonesia in the 2000s as it faced a commodity boom for its export commodities and initiated its trade protection on rice, a staple food for its population. I use the variation in the potential shares of palm oil and rice sectors across district economies to measure local exposure to shocks. I find that the commodity boom increased the real expenditure per capita of palm oil-producing districts. These districts also received more migration, providing evidence that palm oil price shocks were no longer localized and internal migration spreads the windfall. However, these relatively higher levels of real expenditure per capita do not last after the commodity boom ends in 2014. Meanwhile, the trade protection on rice did not materialize as higher purchasing power to rice-producing districts. I estimate the overall welfare gains in Indonesia between 2005 and 2010. Gains from migration accounts for one-third of these gains.
with Katheryn Russ, Phillip Baker, Michaela Byrd, Manho Kang, Hammad Zahid, and David McCoy [link]
with Samuel Bazzi, Bo Cowgill, and Zoe Cullen
[AEA RCT registry]
with Teguh Dartanto
I was an Associate Instructor for ECN 160B “International Macroeconomics” at UC Davis in the Spring of 2019. Here is the syllabus: syllabus
Previously, I worked as a Teaching Assistant in the following classes at UC Davis:
I also taught as a Lecturer at Universitas Indonesia for the following classes:
Undergraduate Research Center UC Davis (15 Oct 2020)
“Saving lives will save Indonesia’s economy," Asia and the Pacific Policy Society, Policy Forum, 6 April 2020.
“Tobacco industry and ‘Making Indonesia 4.0’," The Jakarta Post, 9 April 2019.
“Why should we use national ships for CPO, coal exports?," The Jakarta Post, 20 March 2018.