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
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
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
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