I am an economist specializing in international trade and environmental economics. My current research is on international trade in waste with a focus on its cross-country welfare consequences, the design of an international environmental agreement on waste trade, and the effects of waste trade de-liberalization on firms and cities. I also study the interplay between regulation and international trade. Particularly, I study how the structure of international trade encourages countries to adopt regulatory standards.

I currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and hold a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

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