PictureI'm currently working as a Senior Lecturer in the Cardiff Business School. I am working mostly in the fields of applied micro and econometrics, I invent models, quantify their predictions and test their consistency with the data.
Research supervision: I am eager to supervise PhD students in many topics (from international trade to social choice to corruption to mechanism design), but my specialty is in applied micro theory. If you have a research idea, write to me, I try to reply to all the emails I get.

News and Plans

  • 19-23 July 2021 Presentation at GAMES 2020 conference, Budapest,  Hungary.
  • 24-27 August 2020 Presentation at EEA 2020 congress, virtual.
  • 16-30 June 2020 Participation at RSSIA summer school, virtual.
  • 19 March 2020 Presentation at the QuaCatCo conference, virtual.
  • 12 October 2019 Got elected to be a member of the Alumni Council at New Economic School.
  • 31 October 2019 Presentation at the Center for Institutional Studies, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
  • 28 October 2019 Presentation at the Economics Department, Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia.
  • 2-4 July 2019 Presentation at the 15th European Meeting on Game Theory, University of Turku, Finland.

Current Research (more)

Leadership in Scholarship: Editors' Influence on the Profession's Narrative


With Ali Sina Önder and Sascha Schweitzer. Full text, AER topic loadings in time (and calculation of proportion of topics that exhibit trends), words in topics, visualization of topcs in our data.

Academic journals disseminate new knowledge, and therefore can influence the direction and composition of ongoing research by choosing what to publish. We study the influence of editors and coeditors of the American Economic Review (AER) on the topic structure of papers published in the AER between 1976 and 2013 using a textual analysis of manuscripts. We compare AER's topic structure to that of the other top general interest journals. The appointment of new AER editors, while accompanied by a minor comovement of AER topics towards topics of editor's post-appointment publications, serves more to premediate trends in the other Top 5 journals. Presented at:

  • AEA 2020 (by Ali Sina Önder), 2020, USA.
  • University College Dublin, 2017, Ireland.
  • Bayreuth University, 2017, Germany.
  • Cardiff Business School workshop, 2017, Wales.
  • Queen's University Belfast, 2016, Northern Ireland.

Same Sex Marriage, The Great Equalizer

With Aleksey Parakhonyak. Full text.

We demonstrate the abundance of asymmetric equilibria in a standard marriage market model, when agents must only engage in heterosexual marriage: agents of different gender are not guaranteed to have the same payoff even under equal opportunities, even if all other factors, such as own type or the distribution of partner types, are same across genders. Then we allow for same-sex marriage, and we demonstrate that under equal opportunities, when genders are symmetrical, only symmetric equilibria survive. Presented at:

  • Lund University, 2018, Lund, Sweden.
  • EARIE, 2018, Athens, Greece.
  • Econometric Society European Meeting, 2018, Cologne, Germany.
  • European Economic Association Congress, 2017, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Department of Economics, University of Leicester, England.
  • 5th Game Theory Society World Congress, Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Lancaster Game Theory Conference, 2015, Lancaster, England.

Alma Mat(t)er(s): Determinants of Early Career Success in Economics


With Sascha Baghestanian. Full text, currently under rewriting.

We study 6000 author-publication observations to investigate predictors of early career success in six fields of Economics. Concentrating on top researchers enables us to control for the effects of ability and effort, and focusing on the start of their careers minimizes distortions from reputation feedback. Our results reveal that the most important predictor for early career success is the ranking of an author’s PhD granting institution, followed by his first placement. Our insights suggest that a counterfactual decrease in the Alma Mater of a high ability author, who graduated from a top 10 university, by as little as 10 to 20 ranks, reduces his probability of getting a top 5 publication significantly by 13 percentage points. Lowering the ranking of his Alma mater by another 80 ranks decreases his chances of getting a top publication by a factor of three. Our findings suggest that the Economics publication market values Alma mater signals, discounting newcomers graduating from- or working at lower ranked departments.