As a research assistant for the Health Policy group at the Institute for Research on Poverty, I have worked with the Medicaid Evaluation, Research, and Technical Assistance (MERTA) unit on several projects for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. I use Medicaid enrollment data and the universe of Medicaid claims to evaluate the effects of changes to adult Medicaid eligibility on churning among children, as well as evaluate the effect of increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates for select dental services on utilization and provider behavior. I currently work on evaluating a care coordination pilot program intended to decrease avoidable visits to the ER.
Trade and FDI
In the summer of 2018, I served as an economic consultant to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which assists business development and innovation through loans, grants, tax credits, and technical assistance programs. WEDC's goal was to determine the industries, metro areas, and countries that represent the best opportunities for future development efforts. Together with a team of seven economists and data analysts, I produced five-year forecasts of revenue, employment, and exports for over 100 industries in Wisconsin. I also developed a structural model of production to predict the number of indirect jobs created in response to the opening of a large plant, by Wisconsin subregion and NAICS code. You can find the executive summary here, and the full set of results at https://ssc.wisc.edu/wedc/.