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I am the primary economist for the Antitrust Divsion of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General. I work to protect consumers and ensure fair competition amidst the tech and healthcare giants of my native Evergreen State. I also have long-time interests in elections, research, data analysis, and cartography.

I previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management after earning a PhD in economics from Washington State University, specializing in empirical political economy. My research investigates how political polarization affects the ways we live our daily economic and social lives. I have built one-of-a-kind national precinct-level election datasets for American presidential elections and often work with large-scale smartphone location tracking data. I am also interested in social isolation and interactions, the effects of mass media, and in the intersection of politics, economics, and religion– all things you shouldn’t talk about at the dinner table but that are at the heart of who we are as people.

My work has been published in academic journals such as Science and The Review of Economics and Statistics and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, The Times of London, The Atlantic, and many others. I also assist in crowd-sourced election coverage with Decision Desk HQ and have done freelance election work for The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, and The Upshot.

This is my personal website for the things which interest me; it is designed to host my economics research and CV but also my election maps and other personal works. I can be contacted at rarohla@gmail.com.