I was working in Kyiv to open American University Kyiv and, by a coincidence (or divine providence), one day before Russia started bombing Kyiv, I came back to the US to see my wife and family. For obvious reasons, my returning flight to Kyiv was cancelled and now I am doing everything I can to help my country to survive the NaZi Russian invasion.
Also, I officially became a Co-Chair of Ukrainian American House - an organization that worked for many years to advance cooperation between the US and Ukraine. I am coordinating humanitarian aid efforts of UA House. Please support us by your donations. As a Co-Chair, I can promise you that all your money will be used in the most efficient way to provide help and relief in Ukraine. Please, donate, and share with others: Donate, GoFundMe
My TED talk about happiness, behavioral economics and my life is online: “The Pursuit of Happiness: Advice from a Behavioral Economist.”
I was recognized as the 2019 Best 40 Under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants.
I received the 2018 Smith Ascending Scholar Prize which is awarded by the IFREE to a “budding genius” in social science. (My wife will confirm that I am not a "genius," but it is still flattering).
PUBLICATIONS IN THE PAST TWO YEARS
"The Impact of Taxes and Wasteful Government Spending on Giving," with Neslihan Uler, Experimental Economics, forthcoming. (Media: Wall Street Journal) (Video: SPI Conference)
“Theories of Conflict and War,” with Erik Kimbrough, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming.
“War and Conflict in Economics: Theories, Applications, and Recent Trends,” with Erik Kimbrough and Kevin Laughren, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming.
“Winner-Take-All and Proportional-Prize Contests: Theory and Experiment,” with Tim Cason and Will Masters, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, 175, 314-327.
“The Tug-of-War in the Laboratory,” with Cary Deck, European Journal of Political Economy, 2019, 60, 1-12.
“Adding Tournament to Tournament: Combining Between-Team and Within-Team Incentives,” with Michael Majerczyk and Yu Tian, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2019, 166, 1-11.
“The Attack and Defense Games,” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2019, 42, 41-43.
“New Hampshire Effect: Behavior in Sequential and Simultaneous Multi-Battle Contests,” with Shakun Mago, Experimental Economics, 2019, 22, 325-349.
“The Attack and Defense of Weakest-Link Networks,” with Dan Kovenock and Brian Roberson, Public Choice, 2019, 179, 175-194.
“Status and the Demand for Visible Goods: Experimental Evidence on Conspicuous Consumption,” with David Clingingsmith, Experimental Economics, 2018, 21, 877-904. (Media: The National)
"Behavior in Group Contests: A Review of Experimental Research," Journal of Economic Surveys, 2018, 32, 683-704.
"Trust, Reciprocity and Rules," with Tom Rietz, Eric Schniter and Tim Shields, Economic Inquiry, 2018, 56, 1526-1542.
“Loss Aversion and the Quantity-Quality Tradeoff,” with Jared Rubin and Anya Samek, Experimental Economics, 2018, 21, 292-315.