I am a PhD candidate in Economics at UC Berkeley and my research interests are in development, labor, and the economics of education. My advisors are Edward Miguel, Enrico Moretti, Barry Eichengreen, and Jesse Rothstein.
My job market paper studies the role of education in the development of the southern US economy. Using a novel dataset of county-level compulsory schooling laws, I study effects on both directly affected and neighboring labor markets. My other research includes both further work in historical developing contexts and field work with tutors in Pakistan.
I am on the academic job market for 2023-2024, and I can be reached by email at jlandinsmith at gmail dot com.