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Positions Held


Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, since 2016.


Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, 2011-2016.


Postdoctoral Associate, MIT Sloan School of Management, 2009-2011.



Other Affiliations


CEPR Research Affiliate, since 2016.


Associate, ERINN (Economic Research on Identity, Norms, and Narratives), since 2017.


External Member, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, UC Irvine, since 2018.





PhD in Economics, Harvard University, 2009.


BA in Economics and Mathematics, Yale University, summa cum laude with special distinction, 2003.



Research Interests


Applied Microeconomic Theory, Organizational Economics, Sociology and Economics.





"Value Formation: The Role of Esteem," Games and Economic Behavior, 102, 2017, 1-19.  Lead Article.


"The Importance of Legitimacy," World Bank Economic Review, 30(S), 2017, 157-165.


"Movers and Shakers" (with Richard Holden), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131(4), 2016, 1849-1874.


"Anger and Enforcement," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 126, 2016, 110-124.


"'We Thinking' and its Consequences," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 106(5), 2016, 415-419.


"The Nature of Tournaments," (with Richard Holden), Economic Theory, 51(2), 2012, 289-313.



Working Papers


"Network Externalities and Market Dominance" (with Richard Holden and Luis Rayo)


"Capital Assembly" (with Richard Holden) [previous version titled "Network Capital," CEPR Discussion Paper 11763]





"Narratives and the Economics of the Family" (with Luis Rayo)


"Group Identity"


"(S)weathering the Storm: Firing, Restructuring, and Productivity in a Bangladeshi Garment Factory" (with Anik Ashraf, Rocco Macchiavello, Atonu Rabbani, and Chris Woodruff)



Grants, Fellowships, and Awards


INET research grant, 2016 ($80,608)

Harvard Presidential Scholar, 2003-2009

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Charles Heberman Dickerman Memorial Prize (best senior thesis in economics at Yale), 2003

William M. Massee Prize (best overall record in economics at Yale), 2003

DeForest Senior Mathematical Prize (best overall record in mathematics at Yale), 2003

Yale Science and Engineering Assoc. Prize (best overall record of a junior in the sciences at Yale), 2002

Anthony D. Stanley Prize (best overall record of a junior in mathematics at Yale), 2002

Phi Beta Kappa, 2002



Invited Presentations


3rd Colloquium on Identity Economics; London Business School; ERINN Inaugural Conference; University of East Anglia; 10th Australasian Organizational Economics Workshop; Cambridge University; 2nd Colloquium on Identity Economics; Association Francaise de Sciences Economique; ETH Zurich; Workshop on Dysfunctional Institutions; ASSA Annual Meeting; Global Economic Symposium, Kiel; VfS Annual Conference; UMass Amherst; Summer Colloquium on Identity Economics, London; NBER Organizational Economics Meeting; University of Oxford; University of Munich; University of Zurich; NBER Culture and Institutions Meeting; Kiel Institute for World Economy; Institute for Advanced Study, Toulouse; University of Sydney Organizational Economics Symposium; Carnegie Mellon; Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting; Case Western; University of Sydney; UNSW; ANU; University of California Berkeley; Brown University; Cornell University; Pompeu Fabra University; Boston University; University of Colorado Boulder; North American Econometric Society Meetings; CESifo conference on tournaments.





Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of the European Economics Association, Review of Economic Studies, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Journal, Economic Inquiry, Economic Theory, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, The Economics of Transition.



PhD Advising


Rocco D’Este (Sussex, 2016)

Andrew Siu (Gettysburg, 2016)

Tony Liu (Office of National Statistics, 2016)

Terry Cheng (current student)

Ayush Pant (current student)

Jonathan Yeo (current student)

Anthony Tuckwell (current student)

Yatish Arya (current student)

Sergio Alessandro Castagnetti (current student)





EC9B1 Advanced Economic Theory, University of Warwick [2015, 2016, 2017]


EC208 Industrial Economics 1: Market Structure, Undergraduate, University of Warwick [2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016]


EC980 Contract Economics, Graduate, University of Warwick [2012, 2013, 2014]


EC331 Research in Applied Economics, University of Warwick [2014/2015, 2015/2016]


Advanced Topics in Organizational Economics, Graduate, MIT Economics Department [2010]


Economic Analysis for Business Decisions (15.011), Graduate, MIT Sloan School of Management [2009]