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I am an economic theorist with a root in computer science, studying cooperation through lenses of game theory, computational methods, and statistical methods.  I expect to receive my Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at Duke in May 2018.

My job market paper focuses on understanding what factors make a situation more conducive to cooperation, by experimentally looking at a social dilemma situation where there is a direct tradeoff between self- and group-interested behavior.  I pay particular attention to distinguishing whether the effect of sanctioning on cooperation level is through the presence of a sanctioning medium or through a conscious connection of the medium as a sanctioning tool.  I have also studied cooperation in a network setting and a role assignment setting.  In the former, I identify the subset of cooperative agents, providing a pivotal information for interested agents to form functional coalition.  In the latter, I answer the question of what is the institutional arrangement either guaranteeing the most robust cooperation or requiring the least amount of subsidy to encourage cooperation.

I will be on the job market this year, and will be available at the ASSA meetings in Philadelphia on January 5-7, 2018.