I am an Economist at the USC Center for Economic and Social Research.
I earned my Ph.D. in economics from University College London in 2011. My primary research fields are applied microeconomics, economics of aging, and financial economics.
My current projects focus on household consumption, saving and investment behavior, with emphasis on the effect of unexpected earnings variations, pension uncertainty, and adverse health shocks on wealth accumulation, portfolio choices and financial preparedness for retirement. My work examines the role of cognitive ability and financial literacy in shaping household asset allocation decisions and explores ways to incorporate individual expectations about future stock market returns, generosity of Social Security benefits, and catastrophic medical expenses into a life-cycle model of saving and portfolio choices.
My research agenda also features different aspects of survey methodology, from sampling and weighting techniques to measurement properties of questions aiming at eliciting household income, wealth, and consumption. I am currently responsible for the sampling and weighting procedures of the American Life Panel and involved in the development of the Global Aging Data Repository.