About Me

As of August 2017 I've joined the new Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy as an associate professor of economics in the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University. I'm on leave from Simon Fraser University.

I received a BA in international affairs and economics from The George Washington University in 2006 and an MS and PhD in computational sciences from George Mason University in 2010.

Research

My current research uses experiments to explore the underpinnings of prosociality, cooperation and conflict resolution and to identify the origins of economic institutions such as property rights. I have also worked on finding ways to increase the supply of transplantable organs, measuring the spitefulness of individuals, understanding the sources of asset price bubbles, evaluating individual theory of mind, and capturing the discovery process underlying specialization and trade, among other topics.

You can find links to my papers here and a copy of my CV hereMy work is also available on SSRN and RePEc, and you can check out my Google Scholar citations.

Teaching

Part of the mission of the Smith Institute faculty is to develop provocative, interdisciplinary seminar-style courses in the emerging Humanomics program at Chapman. This year I'll be working with Jan Osborn on a course that combines works from economics, philosophy and literature to explore the ethics of "conspicuous consumption" - can anyone mount an ethical defense of luxury and the life of the "leisure class"? We'll find out... I'm also cooking up a course on the idea of "equality of opportunity" - what do we mean when we say that? Is such a thing really possible?

In the past, I've taught courses on experimental methods in economics for undergraduate and graduate students as well as intermediate micro. You can find out more about my courses here, with new material being added as soon as I develop it.