I am a Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University and a Research Associate at the NBER Economic Fluctuations and Growth (EFG) and Political Economy (POL) programs. I am also an affiliated member of the Stony Brook Center for Theory Center and Computer Science. I am ranked among the Top 5% Economists (last 10 years) by RePEc.
My main fields of study are Macroeconomics, Political Economy, and International Finance, with particular emphasis on dynamic public finance and the effects of polarization on the economy. My work has been published at the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the International Economic Review, and the Review of Economic Dynamics, among other journals. I developed the “Partisan Conflict Index,” that tracks political disagreement among US politicians and it is currently published and updated monthly by the Real-Time Data Research Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. It can also be obtained from Data Buffet (Moody’s Analytics) or from my website.
I was a Fellow of the Murray S. Johnson Chair in Economics and the Rex G. Baker, Jr., Professorship of Political Economy. I received a Dean’s Fellowship at the U. of Texas-Austin and was a visitor at the Cowles Foundation.
Before joining SBU, I worked as an Economic Advisor and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and an assistant professor at the Universities of Iowa and Texas-Austin. I was also a visiting scholar at the FR Banks of Richmond and Minneapolis, and the University of Pennsylvania. I received my PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester in 2004.