Gaetano Basso is a PhD student in economics at University of California Davis. His research interests are in the field of labor and public economics. He has contributed several articles on the Italian labor market and the liberalization of professional services to Italian economic watchdog websites. Before starting his PhD, he worked at Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (2009-11) where is currently affiliate. He earned a MSc in economics (cum laude) from Università Bocconi in 2009 and a BA (cum laude) from the same university in 2007.
Chloe East is a third year graduate student in economics. Her interests include public and labor economics, and she is currently working on a research project about the consumption smoothing effects of Unemployment Insurance.
Ethan Evans’ interests include Medical Sociology, Organizations, Urban Affairs and Social Welfare. His dissertation project focuses on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, asking: “In what ways do pre-ACA county indigent care programs impact implementation of the Act in California?” The project seeks to understand the influence of institutions at a time when governance roles and social welfare provision are changing.
Andrew Foote’s research focuses on migration within the United States, attempting to identify the effect of labor market and crime shocks on migration. He is also interested in education policy, and currently is researching the effect of student’s receiving information about their readiness for college on their subsequent college enrollment decisions.
Michel Grosz is a PhD student in the UC Davis Economics department. His research focuses on higher education in California and the impact of the recent recession. Before coming to Davis he graduated from Pomona College and worked at the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.
Brian Halpin is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at UC Davis. His interests include Work, Labor, Inequality, and Qualitative Methods. Recent projects include researching employment barriers and employability strategies of low wage workers in Northern California.
Christina Hollifield is a doctoral student in the Human Development Graduate Group working with Dr. Kathi Conger and Dr. Amanda Guyer. Her research interests include the development of motivation across the lifespan, social and biological influences toward motivation such as family resources, family relationships, and neurological functioning, as well as outcomes of motivation such as career and educational trajectories.
Esra Kose is a Ph.D. student in the UC Davis Economics Department. Her research interests are Public Economics, Labor Economics, and Econometrics. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Istanbul University and a Master’s Degree at California State University, East Bay in Economics.
April S. Masarik’s research investigates how romantic couples respond to economic pressures and the degree to which economic pressures are transmitted from one generation to the next. She is particularly interested in characteristics of resilient couples and families.
Emerald Nguyen received her Ph.D. in sociology at UC Davis. Her research interests include immigration, immigrant incorporation, marriage and family, adolescent development and well-being, and health outcomes and behaviors. Her dissertation addresses how immigrant family structures change over time, and how these same structures influence the mobility outcomes of individual family members.
Kevin is a PhD Candidate at the Economics Department at UC Davis and currently studying the impact of immigration on labor markets, education, and other sectors of the US economy. He is a native of Queens, NY and received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.
Natalie received her BA from Reed College in 2007 and immediately moved to Davis to begin her graduate work in psychology. Although her research focus has bounced around and evolved in the intervening years, she remains interested in studying families-at-risk and long-term effects of childhood poverty.
Xiaohan Zhang is a graduate student in the Economics department of UC Davis. Her research focuses on intergenerational mobility and the impact of social programs. Current projects include evaluating the short and long term impacts of economic conditions during childhood, and examining the long term effect of fetal alcohol exposure.