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Mathematica Policy Research

At Mathematica (2017-present) I work on projects for clients ranging from federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration, and the U.S Administration of Children and Families, to nonprofit advocacy organizations such as the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. These projects concern a wide range of public policy programs dealing with training and re-employment, unemployment insurance, employment and income support, adolescent pregnancy prevention, child welfare, and homelessness. My tasks include conducting systematic evidence reviews, rapid-cycle evaluations, cost analyses, and general policy research.

You can find more on my work at Mathematica here.

My research with the OECD

Currently, as an external consultant (2016-present), I am conducting a systematic review of the international literature for the OECD that shows that there is a business case for public and private employers to invest in better quality work environments for their employees, as well as room for governments to promote such investments through the provision of adequate guidance and support services coupled with the right financial incentives. This review will be followed by a set of country reviews that investigates the links between job quality, health, and productivity.

As a policy analyst at the OECD (2013-2016), I contributed to the organisation’s work stream on Job Quality. I prepared the OECD Guidelines for Measuring the Quality of Working Environment – a set of guidelines that aim to help data users and producers (such as national statistical offices), especially those with limited experience, collect statistics on the quality of working environment. I also contributed to the development of the Job Quality Framework, which identifies three key dimensions of job quality that shape workers’ well-being (earnings quality, labor-market security and the working environment), and helped develop an indicator of job strain that measures the quality of the working environment, one of the three dimension of OECD’s job quality database. In addition, I prepared the OECD Inventory of Survey Questions on the Quality of the Working Environment, which reviews international surveys conducted since the early 1990s, classifies their instruments according to 18 sub-dimensions of the working environment, and provides users with detailed documentation on the questions.

My postdoctoral research at Nuffield College, Oxford

As Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2013) with the British Skills and Employment Survey (SES) team, I worked on questionnaire design, helped supervise data collection, harmonized the SES time-series data set, and contributed to reports, journal articles and an edited volume that focuses on changing job quality in the United Kingdom. Specifically we investigated the links between: (a) direct participation at work and learning; (b) job related well-being and work re-organisation, downsizing, skills challenge and effort; (c) learning at work and job satisfaction; and (d) employee participation and fear of job loss.

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