Jeff is a fourth year Economics PhD student. His research focuses on the morbidity costs of air pollution and how air pollution affects the demand for prescriptions. With emLab, he is working with Professor Kelsey Jack and two other co-authors to study the electricity purchasing habits of the poor in South Africa. He is working specifically to model the purchasing and consumption behavior of those in Cape Town with pre-paid electricity meters to better understand why poorer individuals make more frequent, smaller purchases relative to wealthier individuals. Before coming to UCSB, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama and a MA in Economics from the University of Memphis. When he is not working on his dissertation, Jeff enjoys hiking, playing soccer, traveling, and watching Alabama football win 6 of the last 12 national championships.