I am an economist specializing in international trade and environmental economics. My current research focuses on international trade in waste including the welfare consequences of waste trade across countries and how the design of an international environmental agreement on waste trade affects countries' incentives to join the agreement. I also study the interplay between regulation and international trade. Particularly, I study how the structure of international trade creates incentives for countries to adopt regulatory standards.

I'm an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


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