I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Chair of International Economic Policy at the Gutenberg School of Management and Economics at the University of Mainz. My research aims to provide guidance in dealing with the distributional impacts of globalization.
Research interests: international trade, labor economics, spatial economics, and development economics.
PhD in Economics, 2021
MA in Economics, 2011
BA in Economics, 2009
with Jonah Busch, Oyut Amarjargal, Kemen Austin, Farzad Taheripour, Thomas Hertel, and Kellee Koenig, Environmental Research Letters, 2022 [link]
with Katheryn Russ, Phillip Baker, Michaela Byrd, Manho Kang, Hammad Zahid, and David McCoy, International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 2021 [link]
with T.M. Zakir Machmud, in Integrating Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) into the More Integrated East Asia, ERIA Research Project Report 2009, No. 8. [link]
[Job Market Paper], previously titled “Global Prices, Trade Protection, and Internal Migration: Evidence from Indonesia”
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 palm oil, which became one of its main export commodities. I exploit the variation in the land shares and crop suitability to compute the potential contribution of main crops across district economies as a measure of local exposure to shocks. I find that the commodity boom increased the purchasing power of palm oil-producing districts. These districts also received more migration, providing evidence that palm oil price shocks were no longer localized. Indeed, internal migration spread the windfall. I also find spillover to neighboring districts. However, these relatively higher levels of purchasing power did not last after the commodity boom ended in 2014. I show that the palm-oil sector grew through extensification as a response to the price shocks, with no indication of growth through intensification. I estimate the overall welfare gains in Indonesia between 2005 and 2010 and find substantial gains from migration.
with Rizal Adi Prima and Chairina Hanum, report for the The National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction in the Indonesian Vice President’s Office by SEADI Project of the Boston Institute for Development Economies.
with Jess Rudder and Teguh Dartanto
with Katheryn Russ, Burkhard Schipper, Phillip Baker, David McCoy, Faiz Ahmed, Julianna Eaton, Kyle Nabors, and Shaelyn Steere
with Samuel Bazzi, Bo Cowgill, and Zoe Cullen
[AEA RCT registry]
At the University of Mainz, I am teaching the following courses in the Winter Semester 2021/2022:
I taught as an Associate Instructor for ECN 160B “International Macroeconomics” at UC Davis in the Spring of 2019. Here is the syllabus: syllabus
I also taught 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.