Welcome to my homepage! I am an Assistant Prof. in the Department of Economics at George Mason university. My other affiliations include the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and the Center for Decision Research and Experimental Economics (CeDEx) at the University of Nottingham.

My research lies at the intersection of economic history, experimental economics, and development economics. I am particularly interested in the co-evolution of informal and formal institutions. For example, here I trace the origins of liberal democracy to the dissolution of extended kin groups in early medieval times. My work has been discussed in major news outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Wallstreet Journal, The New Yorker among many others.


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