I am an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Tennessee specializing in microeconomic theory and industrial organization. A central focus of my research is the internal organization of firms and incentives facing managers. One aspect if this is the incentives for managers to comply with environmental and other regulations. This work also extends to studying both risk-taking and cheating (such as fraud) by managers as they compete for advancement within a firm, and to studying how contracts can deter both malfeasance and shirking by managers. My research has also explored a variety of other topics including the performance of charter schools and the response of public schools to competition from charter schools, job-search procrastination and, and the logic of retail rebate programs. Before joining the faculty of the University of Tennessee, I taught at Texas A&M University, where I earned my Ph.D., and at the University of Texas at Austin.