Emily is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, studying Urban and Environmental Economics. She is interested in researching the ways that land use policy, local amenities, and property tax laws affect housing markets. Current projects include an investigation into the effect of historic district designation on home values, as well as an exploration of how tax incentives under California's Proposition 13 have affected the sorting behavior of households. Her research employs a wide variety of methods, leveraging causal inference when the data allows while turning to structural estimation for more complex problems.
Emily received a B.S. in Economics, with a minor in Math, from Portland State University. As a nominally first-generation college student— Emily and her started college at the same time!—She is passionate about making the Economics profession a welcoming space to students from diverse backgrounds. She is a founding member of We are Economics at Santa Barbara (WeSB), a group of graduate students working to raise awareness and provide support to students who identify as women, first-gen, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, or any other underserved or underrepresented group in Economics.
Before starting her PhD, Emily attended culinary school and worked as a professional baker in San Francisco, CA and Portland, OR. She still enjoys baking in her spare time, though she has vowed to never pipe another macaron again. When not testing new cake recipes she enjoys hiking, cooking, crafting, and taking care of her many plants.