I am a fifth year PhD student at Vanderbilt University specializing in health and labor economics. My research focuses on the implications of immigration policies for vulnerable populations, as well as methods for improving HPV vaccination.
I am currently examining the effects of state employment verification (E-Verify) mandates. In one project, I find that E-Verify mandates reduce the probabilities that likely-unauthorized immigrants are employed and have employer-sponsored health insurance. However, I show that these effects are limited to one period after implementation, and I show that this pattern can be explained by selective outmigration of otherwise unemployed and uninsured likely-unauthorized immigrants. In another project, my coauthors and I find that E-Verify mandates lead to reductions in property crime. We show that these mandates improve the labor market prospects of low-skilled Hispanic natives who possess a higher propensity to commit crime than their immigrant counterparts.
In prior work, my coauthors and I found that states allowing unauthorized immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses experienced increased auto insurance coverage. Because these states did not experience concurrent increases in vehicle miles driven, air pollution, auto insurance claims, or fatalities, we concluded that these policies enabled unauthorized drivers who were already on the road to purchase insurance.