University of Illinois
Department of Economics
214 David Kinley Hall
1407 W Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61801
Email: cphili6 [at] illinois [dot] edu.

This is Koshka.

I am an Instructor in Economics,

Department of Economics
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Previously (and still, from time to time) Lecturer in Economics,

Department of Economics
Illinois State University

Specialty Areas:

Mathematical Econometrics: including Expectile regression, Bayesian methods (Mostly empirical macroeconomics). Contingency Prediction and Forecasting is a recurring theme in my work.

My interests and contributions are focused on econometric methodology, but I work with applications in a variety of fields. Special topics of interest include fiscal and monetary policy, and the business cycle.


Illinois State University (MS, Applied Economics 2014; MS, Mathematics, 2015), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D., expected 2020), Reading books and talking to people (circa 1992-present).

Honors, Achievements and Affiliations:

I am the recipient of several academic awards, including the CITL's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent or Outstanding (for the top 10% of instructors universitywide) some dozen or more times, the Scott M. Elliot Graduate Scholarship, and the Actuarial Science Committee's Best Statistical Project award. I have received the CITL's Outstanding award for in-person teaching as well as online teaching.

I am proud to have taught six courses (and counting) over the years and served as a teaching assistant for two others while in graduate school. My teaching portfolio includes Economics of Energy and Public Policy, Comparative Economic Systems, Individual and Social Choice, Using Regression and Econometric Methods, Principles of Economics, Economic Forecasting.

From 2017-2019 I served as chair of the UIUC Macroeconometrics brown bag seminar (the department's only seminar series with a catering budget!).

I am closely engaged with the undergraduate community and serve as an active mentor. At Illinois State, I served as the Faculty Advisor to the Virtual Reality Club from 2014-2016. I have also been an invited speaker at the UIUC Economics Club and the UIUC Consumer Economics and Finance club.

I have served as a referee for publications including the International Journal of Forecasting. If you need comments or referees for expectile regression research, reach out to me first.