University of Oklahoma, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Oklahoma, USA
Labor economics, economics of immigration, entrepreneurship, education, gender and minority, labor demand and supply
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Fellow at the Global Labor Organization
Associate Professor of Economics, Birmingham-Southern College, 2016; Assistant Professor of Economics, Birmingham-Southern College, 2013–2016
PhD Economics, University of Texas at Dallas, 2008
"Knot yet: Minimum marriage age law, marriage delay, and earnings." Journal of Population Economics 30:3 (2017): 771–804 (with L. Wang).
"The impact of 9/11 on self-employment outcomes of Arab and Muslim immigrants." International Migration Review 52:2 (2018): 430–457.
"Do EPA regulations affect labor demand? Evidence from the pulp and paper industry." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 68:1 (2014): 188–202 (with M. Cebi, W. Gray, and R. J. Shadbegian).
"Language skills and the earnings distribution among child immigrants." Industrial Relations 50:2 (2011): 296–322 (with L. Wang).
“Mexican-Hispanic self-employment: A dynamic analysis of business ownership.” Research in Labor Economics 29 (2009): 197–227 (with M. Lofstrom).
Immigrants and entrepreneurship Updated
Business ownership is higher among immigrants, but promoting self-employment is unlikely to improve outcomes for the less skilledImmigrants are widely perceived to be highly entrepreneurial, contributing to economic growth and innovation, and self-employment is often viewed as a means of enhancing labor market integration and success among immigrants. Accordingly, many countries have established special visas and entry requirements to attract immigrant entrepreneurs. Research supports some of these stances, but expectations may be too high. There is no strong evidence that self-employment is an effective tool of upward economic mobility among low-skilled immigrants. More broadly prioritizing high-skilled immigrants may prove to be more successful than focusing on entrepreneurship.MoreLess