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Research

My research interests are in theoretical political economy and other areas of applied theory. My main line of research introduces an approach to modeling decision making in informationally rich and complicated environments. The key novelty is to use the Brownian motion (and stochastic processes more generally) to represent the mapping from actions to outcomes. So far I have published six papers using this technology, across a variety of applications (11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, and 22 on my C.V), and I’m actively working on several new projects (e.g., the two posted working papers with Niko Matouschek). Click here to see more information on this line of work.  

We hold a lunch group for people on campus interested in political economy theory. The details and schedule can be found here: Political Economy Theory Lunch

 

Publications

The Risk of Failure: Trial and Error Learning and Long-Run Performance
with Niko Matouschek
American Economic Journal -- Microeconomics 11 (February): 44-78, 2019.
with Davin Raiha
Quarterly Journal of Political Science Vol. 12: No. 1, pp 59-97, 2017.
with Tom S. Clark
American Political Science Review 111 (February): 184-203, 2017.
with Greg Martin
American Journal of Political Science Volume 61, Issue 1 (January): 50-67, 2017.
Quarterly Journal of Economics — Cover Image
with Bård Harstad
Quarterly Journal of Economics 130 (2): 951-1002, 2015
Econometrica — Cover Image
with Patrick Hummel
Econometrica 82 (4): 1509-1528, 2014
American Journal of Political Science — Cover Image
with Keith Krehbiel
American Journal of Political Science 58 (4): 819-834, 2014
American Political Science Review — Cover Image
American Political Science Review 105 (4): 643-662, 2011
American Economic Review — Cover Image
American Economic Review 101 (6): 2277-2308, 2011
Journal of Economic Theory — Cover Image
with Johannes Hörner
Journal of Economic Theory 144 (4): 1421-39, 2009
Games and Economic Behavior — Cover Image
Games and Economic Behavior 64 (2): 393-420, 2008
Quarterly Journal of Political Science — Cover Image
Quarterly Journal of Political Science 3 (2): 123-140, 2008
Review of Economic Studies — Cover Image
Review of Economic Studies 75 (3): 671-697, 2008
Journal of Public Economics — Cover Image
with Catherine H. Wilson
Journal of Public Economics 92 (3-4): 565-581, 2008
Journal of Politics — Cover Image
with Catherine H. Wilson
Journal of Politics 69 (4): 1047-1056, 2007
Previously under the title: "Abstention Due to Alienation and Electoral Competition."
Games and Economic Behavior — Cover Image
with Simon Wilkie
Games and Economic Behavior 60 (2): 262-286, 2007
Review of Economic Studies — Cover Image
Review of Economic Studies 74 (3): 653-684, 2007
Quarterly Journal of Political Science — Cover Image
with Catherine H. Wilson
Quarterly Journal of Political Science 1 (3): 227-254, 2006
Journal of Political Economy — Cover Image
Journal of Political Economy 113 (5): 1116-1145, 2005
Journal of Public Economics
with Charles Plott
Journal of Public Economics 89 (8): 1469-1495, 2005