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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 to some degree).  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:
  1. Matching.  The process by which two sides of a market come together to form economic relationships.
  2. 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

  • ``Sequential Auctions with Budget Constraints:  Evidence from Fantasy Basketball Auction Drafts," (2016) with N. Shunda, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 62, 8-22. (Data below.)
  • ``Social networks and Black–White differentials in public employment agency usage among mature job seekers,'' (2016) with M. Mora and A. Davila, Annals of Regional Science, 56 (2), 433-448. 
  • ``Choosing 'Flawed' Aggregation Rules:  The Benefit of Social Choice Violations in a League that Values Competitive Balance,'' (2015) with S. Sanders, Economics Letters, 137, 106-108.
  • ``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.

Working Papers

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.
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