PhD in Economics

Examining Committee: Marc WILLINGER (advisor, Montpellier), Marie-Claire VILLEVAL (Lyon), Frederick VAN DER PLOEG (Oxford), Daan VAN SOEST (Tilburg), Enrique FATAS (Pennsylvania)

Research Interests: Behavioral Economics (primary), Development Economics, Environmental Economics

Methodological Expertise: Behavioral Experiments (Field, Laboratory, Online, & Lab-in-Field Experiments); Advanced Survey Sampling & Design (Household Interviews & Online Surveys, esp. A/B Test Experiment Design)

Data Analysis Skills: STATA, R (i.e. R Studio), KNIME, JASP.

I am an applied microeconomist affiliated with the United Nations University, a development research institute of the UN in Finland. I am also an external researcher at the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE), Umea University in Sweden. I have extensive teaching & research experience in universities in Asia & Europe. For almost 3 years, I worked as fixed-term junior professor (Economics) in Japan. I was also visiting researcher/lecturer in academic institutions in Spain, the Philippines, & France.

My research attempts to understand:

1) How social & economic inequalities affect individual & collective decision-making, esp. in the context of development & the environment.

2) How to design governance institutions & utilize cultural norms for more equitable and sustainable outcomes.

I primarily use behavioral experiments (laboratory & field experimental designs) as tools. I complement experiments with large-scale data that I collect using advanced survey methodologies (household interviews & online surveys).

As principal investigator in several government-funded projects, I have led & managed fieldwork and data collection in the Global South, esp. in Sub-Saharan Africa (e.g. Guinea) & Southeast Asia (e.g. Philippines, Vietnam).

I have published in refereed journals like European Economic Review & Review of Behavioral Economics. I have collaborated with multi-cultural, interdisciplinary teams in various contexts: Universities, governments, & international organizations.