My PicEric Mak

Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Economics
150 St. George Street
Toronto  ON M5S 3G7, Canada


phone: +1 647 808 2607

Research Fields: Health Economics, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics

CV and Abstract (22nd Dec 2014)


I am on the job market in 2014-2015 and will be available for interviews during the CEEE in Toronto and AEA/ASSA meetings in Boston from 1/3 to 1/5, 2015.

My research focuses on the topic of adolescent maturation.

My job market paper, titled “Tracking Adolescent Maturation Using Risky Behaviors”, establishes a methodology to address this topic. In behavioral health economics, a theory explains adolescent risky behaviors by their lack of self-control. As self-control develops by age, maturation explains why the age profiles of risky behaviors are all hump-shaped, peaking at the early twenties.

The methodology leads to the first quantitative finding on this issue: Most adolescents mature at age 21, but the distribution is right-skewed: some individuals mature only in the late twenties.

This finding supports the lawmakers to set a more conservative legal age for risky behaviors: Consider an increase of the current legal drinking age from age 21 to age 23. If this policy can control for the situational changes, maturation leads to a decrease of the binge drinking rate by 6.8%.


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Referee for:

Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Canadian Journal of Economics


(2013,2014) Dorothy J. Powell Graduate Scholarship In International Economics

(2012, 2013) Doctoral Completion Award

(2012) Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network Fellowship

(2012) Edward B. Kernaghan Fellowship