Alec McQuilkin is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and Master's Degrees in Applied Mathematics and Economics from the University of Colorado, Denver. Alec's research interests include urban and transportation economics, labor economics, econometrics, and demography. His current work examines the spatial mismatch between the residential location of the urban poor and areas of high employment growth. He investigates the potential for large public transportation capital projects to alleviate the lack of mobility and improve employment outcomes among this population.