I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Johns Hopkins University. My research explores individuals’ investment in human capital and how that interacts with public policy interventions. I focus on two forms of investment in human capital: investments in skills and health. The broad goal of this agenda is twofold. First, I focus on the interaction between parents’ investment in children and parental labor supply and asset accumulation decisions. The second goal is to investigate whether individuals rely on outside sources of information, such as expert reviews and word-of-mouth when making investments in their health. My CV is available here.

In my job market paper, I build and estimate a dynamic model of female labor supply, households savings behavior, and child’s schooling decision to study the role of private schooling in shaping women’s career path and asset accumulation. Results of the structural estimation show that mother’s time with the child and private schooling are complements and that the availability of private schooling leads to more work and saving among less educated women. However, more educated women drop out of the labor force and increase the time they spend with their child when the child is going to private elementary school. In addition, I estimate the price elasticity of private school enrollment to be -0.25. Policy simulations show that targeted private school subsidies to low income and less educated mothers can reduce inequality in children’s outcomes. Moreover, by inducing women to increase their labor supply to be able to top up subsidies and send their children to private schools, targeted subsidies can help women at the margin accumulate higher assets and experience wage growth of up to 20 percent over the life cycle.

Primary Fields: Labor Economics, Applied Microeconometrics
Secondary Fields: Health Economics, Economics of Education

Committee: Robert A. Moffitt (Chair), Nicholas W. Papageorge, Richard Spady

Contact Information:
Department of Economics, Johns Hopkins University
Wyman 544E, 3400 N. Charles Street,
Baltimore, MD 21218
Email:  sqayyum2@jhu.edu
Phone: +1(202)763-0885