Austin is an Assistant Professor of Economics at American University and a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. His research focuses on major transitions in developing-country labor markets and agriculture, and how such transitions interact with environmental forces. Austin’s dissertation research focused on the regulatory and labor-market forces behind a sharp change to agricultural production in Brazil, and how those changes affected human health. He is currently involved in two major data collection efforts: Yale EGC’s Tamil Nadu Panel and a representative panel of host and refugee communities in Southern Bangladesh. Other ongoing research projects relate to fertility and women’s labor force participation, retirement reform, and the long-term effects of childhood shocks in a context with child labor.