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  • Research Activity

    My research has been published in journals including Conflict Management and Peace Science, Financial Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

  • Banking, Credit, and Macroeconomics

    My work in this area is broad, ranging from past work estimating the inter-temporal elasticity of substitution to evaluating discrimination in mortgage markets. Currently, I am working on several papers that use credit union data to evaluate CEO performance as it relates to their ideology and the effects of board heterogeneity.

  • International Conflict

    Policymakers are increasingly interested in the possibility that increasing international business activity, via trade, may reduce the likelihood of international conflict. My research examines under what conditions this is true.

  • Education Outcomes

    My research with various co-authors has used predictive modeling to examine graduation rates, enrollment decisions, and academic performance using individual and institution level data.

Working Papers

"Minority Boards of Directors and Decision Making: The Effects of Homophily on Lending Decisions".

"The Capital Structure of Domestic and Foreign Denominated Debt: Firm-level Evidence from South Korea," with Kwan Yong Lee.

"More Credit, More Problems? Federal Student Loan Limits and Education Outcomes," with Chih Ming Tan.

"Political Ideology and CEO Performance under Crisis," with Katherine Campbell, Matt Notbohm & Adam Smedema.

"Variety is the Spice of Life and Cure for Interstate Conflict".


"Uncertain Times and Predictions of Bank Failures," Financial Review, Forthcoming Read the Paper Web Appendix

"The Market for Private Student Loans: An Analysis of Credit Union Involvement, Risk, and Returns," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 50(4): 1227-1251, 2018. Read the Paper

"The Policy Impact of New Rules for Loan Participation on Credit Union Returns", Journal of Banking and Finance, 73:198-210, 2016. Read the Paper

"Mission Accomplished: A Reply to Reuveny and Keshk", Conflict Management and Peace Science, 30(1):19-23, 2013. Read the Paper

"Survival of the Fittest: What do early behaviors tells us about student outcomes?" with Melissa Harris & Kenton Pauls, Journal of College Student Development, 54(1):43-61, 2013. Read the Paper

"Simultaneity between trade and conflict: Endogenous Instruments of Mass Destruction", Conflict Management and Peace Science, 28(5):459-477, 2011. Read the Paper Replication Data and Web Appendix

"From Toys to Warships: Interdependence and the Effects of Disaggregated Trade on Militarized Disputes." Journal of Peace Research, 47(5): 547-559, 2010. Read the Paper Replication Data and Web Appendix

"Discrimination and Mortgage Lending in Boston: The Effects of Model Uncertainty", Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 40(3): 260-285, 2010. Read the Paper

"Investing in Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work for in America," Journal of Economics, 34(1): 1-20, 2008. Read the Paper

"A Life-Cycle Approach to the Intertemporal Elasticity of Substitution" with Daniel K. Biederman, Journal of Macroeconomics, 30(1):481-498, 2008. Read the Paper

"Economic War and Democratic Peace," Conflict Management and Peace Science, 24(3): 171-182, 2007. Read the Paper Replication Data

"A Predictive Model of Inquiry to Enrollment," with Kenton Pauls, Research in Higher Education, 47(8): 935-956, 2006. Read the Paper

"Accounting for Model Uncertainty in the Prediction of University Graduation Rates," with Sean M. Snaith, Research in Higher Education, 45(1): 25-41, 2004. Read the Paper

"Predicting graduation rates: An analysis of student and institutional factors at doctoral universities," with Sean M. Snaith. Journal of College Student Retention, 5(4): 409-420, 2004. Read the Paper

"Uncertainty of the Liberal Peace," Journal of Peace Research, 41(5): 589-605, 2004. Read the Paper Replication Data

"Assessing the Impact of Increased Admission Standards," with Sean M. Snaith. College and University, 80(1): 29-34, 2004.

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