I'm a Ph.D. student in Economics at Brown University with research interests in Health and Labor, Applied Econometrics, and Entrepreneurship.
I will be on the job market this year and am available for interviews at the January 2014 AEA/ASSA meetings in Philadelphia.
My research focuses on how the social safety net affects entrepreneurship. My job market paper examines the effect of public health insurance on firm formation in the US. Some of my other work looks at how Food Stamps affect business ownership; how public benefits affect immigrant entrepreneurs; the extent of health insurance crowd-out; and the long-term impacts of child abuse.
My work is supported by the National Science Foundation's IGERT Fellowship and the Hazeltine Fellowship for Research in Entrepreneurship. I'm affiliated with the Population Studies and Training Center, the Watson Institute for International Studies, and Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences. I was also a visiting fellow for two summers in the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
I did my undergraduate studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, but I'm originally from Anchorage, Alaska.
Gareth_Olds@brown.edu — (509) 240-2833