I am a fifth year PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University specializing in health and labor economics. My research focuses on methods for improving HPV vaccination, as well as the implications of immigration policies for vulnerable populations.
In a working paper, I show that moving from a one-time opt-out form to an annual opt-out requirement increased the probability that teen girls in Washington, DC initiated HPV vaccination by 12 percentage points. Given the political difficulty of eliminating vaccine requirement exemptions, this result suggests that increasing the frequency with which parents are required to opt their children out of vaccination may be an effective avenue for improving vaccine take-up.
In other work, I’ve examined the relationship between health insurance coverage and HPV vaccination. I’ve also written on the effects of state employment verification (E-Verify) mandates on crime and unauthorized immigrants’ access to health insurance, as well as how policies allowing unauthorized immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses increase auto insurance coverage. Ongoing projects include exploring how policies improving HPV vaccination may affect later health decisions, the relationship between immigration enforcement and birth outcomes, the effects of state restrictions on indoor tanning, and how social comparisons influence dieting behaviors