PhD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 1995
BSB, Miami University, Oxford, Oh 1988


Professor of Economics
Southwestern University
August 01, 2005 - present

Chair - Department of Economics and Business
Southwestern University
August 01, 2011 - present

Associate Dean of the Brown College of Arts and Sciences
Southwestern University
August 01, 2008 - present

Previous Courses

Principles of Economics, Public Economics, Discrimination


Housing Programs (Rent Control, Vouchers, Program Benefits and Costs), Housing Discrimination, Homelessness (Causes and Solutions), Rental Housing Price Indices, Poverty Measures

Professional Work


US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Research for Assisted Housing II Grants Program, Title: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Rents of Constant Quality Units in the Housing Choice Voucher Program: Evidence from HUDs Customer Satisfaction Survey, 2010.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Research for Assisted Housing II Grants Program, Title: Metropolitan Area Cost of Rental Housing Indices Using the Customer Satisfaction Survey, 2006.


Peer Reviewed Publications:

A Panel of Interarea Price Indices for All Areas in the United States, 1982-2012. (with Paul Carrilo, George Washington University, and Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia). Journal of Housing Economics, 2014.

Geographical Price Variation, Housing Assistance and Poverty. (with Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia) in Philip M. Jefferson (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty, Oxford University Press, 2012.

An Empirical Investigation of the Determinants of Street Homelessness. Journal of Housing Economics, Vol. 14, No. 1, March 2005.

The Determinants of Homelessness and the Targeting of Housing Assistance. Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 55, No. 1, January 2004.

Subsidized Housing, Emergency Shelters, and Homelessness: An Empirical Investigation Using Data from the 1990 Census. (with Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia.) Advances in Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 2: No. 1, Article 2, 2002.

Rent Control, Rental Housing Supply, and the Distribution of Tenant Benefits. Journal of Urban Economics, Volume 48, Number 2, September 2000.

The Effects of Rent Regulations on Price in the Uncontrolled Sector: An Empirical Investigation using Data from the AHS. (with Jon Phelps, Southwestern University.) Journal of Housing Research, Volume 10, Issue 2, December 1999.

A Microeconomic Model of Homelessness: An Empirical Investigation Using Choice-Based Sampling. Journal of Housing Economics, Volume 8, Number 4, December 1999. The Role of Subsidized Housing in Reducing Homelessness: An Empirical Investigation Using Micro-Data. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Volume 17, Number 4, Fall 1998.

Rent Control and Homelessness. (with Edgar Olsen, University of Virginia.) Regional Science and Urban Economics, Volume 28, Number 6, November 1998.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications:

Medicaid, Managed Care and the Health of Children in Texas. (with Mary Young, Southwestern University). In The Status of Women: Facing the Facts, Forging the Future: Proceedings of the Symposium held in Washington, D.C., June 8-10, 2001, edited by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 2002.

Honors and Awards

Exemplary Teaching Award from the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church, 2005-2006

Southwestern University Outstanding Teaching Award, 2002

Sam Taylor Fellowship 2001-2002

Brown Research Fellowship, Southwestern University, 1998-1999

Mundy Faculty Research Fellowship, Southwestern University, 1996-1997