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Current Employment

Postdoctoral Fellow, Chapman University, August 2018 — Present


PhD. in Economics, Columbia University, conferred May 2018

Honors and Awards

  • Dissertation Fellowship, Department of Economics, Columbia University, 2017 —2018

  • Columbia Experimental Lab for Social Sciences (CELSS) Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, Fall 2017

  • CELSS Graduate Student Research Grant, Columbia University, Spring 2016

  • CELSS Graduate Student Research Grant (with Ambuj Dewan), Columbia University, Fall 2015

  • Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies, 2014 — 2015

  • CELSS Graduate Student Research Grant, Columbia University, Fall 2013

Other Professional Experiences and Employment

  • Lab Manager to the CELSS, Columbia University, 2013 — 2015 and 2016 — 2017

  • Research Assistant to Professor Francois Gerard, Columbia University, 2015 — 2016

  • Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science Modeling and Complexity, Santa Fe Institute, Summer 2014

Job Market Paper

“Rational Memory with Decay”

Completed Papers

  • “Estimating Information Cost Functions in Models of Rational Inattention” (with Ambuj Dewan)
    – Revision requested: Journal of Economic Theory

  • “Vying for Dominance: An Experiment in Dynamic Network Formation”
    – Revision requested: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

  • “The Theory of Vying for Dominance in Dynamic Network Formation”

  • “Experimental Tests of Rational Inattention” (with Mark Dean)

Working Papers

  • “Experiments on Learning about Insurable Risk with Rational Memory”

  • “Rational Inattention with Perceptual Distance” (with Ambuj Dewan)

  • “Re-Encoding for Realistic Memory Models”

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant to Professor Qingmin Liu in Intermediate Microeconomics, Columbia University, Fall 2015

  • Teaching Assisstant to Professor Katherine Emily Ho in Industrial Organizations, Columbia University, Spring 2016

  • Instructor for Tutorial on zTree course each semester, Columbia University, 2014 — 2017

Selected Presentations

  • Rational Memory and Persuasion Through Timing of Information Release, Economic Science Association North America

  • Rational Memory and Recency Bias in Voting, Bay Area Behavioral and Experimental Economics Workshop (BABEEW)
    6 April 2019

  • Exploring Rational Memory with Insurance-Purchasing Experiments, Chapman University Brown Bag
    3 April 2019

  • Rational Memory and Recency Bias in Insurance Purchasing, Guest Lecture for Professor Juan Carillo, Graduate Experimental Methods, University of Southern California
    14 February 2019

  • Rational Memory and the Forgetting Curve, Chapman University Brown Bag
    26 September 2018

Journal Refereeing

Experimental Economics
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Journal of Economic Theory

Primary Research Areas

  • Experimental Economics

  • Neuroeconomics

  • Attention

  • Memory

  • Decision Making

  • Network Formation

Secondary Research Areas

  • Information Theory

  • Learning

  • Choice Under Uncertainty

Other Research Interests

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Neural Network Modularity

  • AI Safety

Statistical Methods

  • Panel Data Analysis

  • Time Series Analysis

  • Instrumental Variables

  • Regression Discontinuity

  • Cluster Estimation

  • Structural Estimation

  • Non-Parametric Estimation

  • Maximum Likelihood Estimation

  • Hierarchical Bayesian Modeling

Scripting Languages

  • R

  • Matlab

  • Python


  • EViews

  • GAMS

  • Mathematica

Experimental Software

  • zTree

  • Qualtrics


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