I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at UC Davis. My research interests are international trade, labor economics, and spatial economics.
I am on the job market during the 2020-21 academic year. I will be available for interviews at the EEA 2020 Virtual Meeting and the ASSA 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting.
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 and initiated its trade protection on rice, a staple food for its large 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 districts exposed to palm oil price shocks had temporarily higher real expenditure per capita compared to the non-exposed ones. These exposed districts also received more migration, providing the evidence that palm oil price shocks were no longer localized. Meanwhile, exposure to rice price shocks did not materialize as higher purchasing power to exposed districts compared to the non-exposed ones. I estimate that the overall welfare increased by 0.39% in Indonesia between 2005 and 2010, and one third of the increase can be accounted for by internal migration.
with Katheryn Russ, Phillip Baker, Michaela Byrd, Manho Kang, Hammad Zahid, and David McCoy
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.
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.