University of Michigan (2012), Ph.D.
London School of Economics (2005), MSc.
Arizona State University (2003), B.A.
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My research focuses on the intersection of psychology and economics. Classical economic assumptions about individual behavior are meant to approximate reality, but, in many contexts, these assumptions have been shown to be systematically violated. In my research, I aim to improve our understanding of behavior in these situations by using three approaches. First, I examine how to characterize decision makers’ preferences from their observed choices, inferring potential behavioral biases instead of assuming them. Second, I explore the implications of non-standard preferences in strategic interactions, such as markets and voting. Third, I test models of non-standard preferences using data. I combine these approaches to explore behavior in a variety of settings, especially those featuring risk, search, and information acquisition
I plan on teaching both introductory economics as well as an elective course in psychology and economics. This course will touch on both the theoretical foundations of preferences used in behavioral economics as well as the empirical evidence that used to support these models.