Working Papers

“Voting Rights and the Resilience of Black Turnout” [PDF] [Appendix]

The Voting Rights Act increased turnout among Black voters, which then, in turn, generated economic benefits for Black communities. In Shelby County v. Holder (2013), the Supreme Court invalidated the enforcement mechanism responsible for these improvements, prompting concerns that states with histories of discriminatory election practices would respond by suppressing Black turnout. I estimate the effect of the Shelby decision on the racial composition of the electorate using triple-difference comparisons of validated turnout data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. The data suggest that the Shelby decision did not widen the Black-White turnout gap in states subject to the ruling.

Works in Progress

“More than a free lunch: The impact of universal free school meals on externalizing behaviors”

“Evaluation efficacy: How do students respond to relative performance feedback?”