For an abbreviated summary, most of my background and accomplishments so far are contained in my cv (below).
In terms of interests, I love economics and there are few aspects of it that I'm not interested in--at least a little. Due to inevitable scarcities of time and attention, of course, my work focus is much more narrow.
The two biggest themes in my research are:
- Matching. The process by which two sides of a market come together to form economic relationships.
- Contests. Theoretical models of how individuals exert effort while competing for scarce prizes.
In general I study how the rules of these types of competitive settings--matching processes, allocation procedures, contests, and other mechanisms for making social choices--affect the welfare of the participants involved. More specifically, I often focus on which types of social welfare criteria are and are not compatible with one another given a social rule or a set of rules. Occasionally I even consider how contest and matching procedures together can influence macroeconomic outcomes.
Refereed Journal Articles
- ``Social Choice Violations in Rank Sum Scoring: A
Formalization of Conditions and Corrective Probability Computations,'' (2014) with J. Ehrlich, S. Sanders, and A. Winn, Mathematical Social Sciences, 71, 20-29.
- ``What Price Stability? Social Welfare in Matching Markets,'' (2014) with V. Knoblauch, Mathematical Social Sciences, 67 (1), 27-33.
- ``Preferences and the Price of Stability in Matching Markets,'' (2013) with V. Knoblauch, Theory and Decision, 74 (4), 565-589.
- ``On the Evolution of Prize Perceptions in Contests,'' (2012) with N. Shunda, Economics Letters, 116 (3), 498-501.
- ``Dividing Profits Three Ways: Exactness vs. Consensuality,'' (2011) with V. Knoblauch, Mathematical Social Sciences, 62 (2), 79-86.
- ``A Note on the Efficiency and Fairness of Decentralized Matching,'' (2011) Operations Research Letters, 39 (4), 231-233.
- ``All-Pay Auctions with Discrete Action Spaces,'' (2011) Applied Economics Letters, 18 (2), 161-162.
- ``Stratification and Growth in Agent-Based Matching Markets,'' (2010) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 75 (2), 168-179.
- ``Marriage Matching with Intercorrelated Preferences,'' (2010) with V. Knoblauch, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 12 (3), 587-602.
- ``Preference Structure and Random Paths to Stability in Matching Markets,'' (2008) Economics Bulletin, 3 (67), 1-12.
Refereed Conference Proceedings
- ``An Exploration into Why Some Matchings are More Likely than Others,'' (2012) Proceedings of MATCH-UP 2012: the Second International Workshop on Matching Under Preferences, 39-50.
- ``The Price of Stability in Matching Markets," (2010) with V. Knoblauch, UConn Working Paper 2010-16.
- ``Sequential Pre-Marital Investment Games: Implications for Unmployment," (2008), UConn Working Paper 2008-45.
- ``Sequential Auctions with Budget Constraints: Evidence from Fantasy Basketball Auction Drafts,'' (2015) with N. Shunda. (Data below.)
- ``Competitive Balance and Ranking Cycles,'' (2013) with S. Sanders.
- ``Tacit Collusion and Noise in the Contest Success Function,'' (2013) with N. Shunda.
- ``Brain Gain with Limited Commitment,'' (2012) with M. Khraiche.
- ``Stag Hunt Contests,'' (2014) with S. Sanders.
- ``Asymmetric Alliances in Stag Hunt Contests,'' (2014) with S. Sanders.
Work in Progress
- ``All-Pay Auctions with Regret," with N. Shunda.
- ``Competing Contests with Reimbursements," with N. Shunda and S. Sanders.
- ``Why are some matchings more likely than others?''
- ``Traditional vs. Real-Time Teaching Evaluations: Truth,
Usefulness, and the Incentive Structure for Student Participation,'' with C. Jeffords.