Welcome to my website! I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of California, San Diego. I am on the academic job market during 2022-2023.
I am a microeconomic theorist with a focus on learning, organizational economics, and political economy. You can find my research statement here.
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Motivating Creativity 📄 PDF
How should a principal motivate an agent to frequently experiment with new ideas?
How should one incentivize creativity when being creative is costly? We analyze a model of delegated bandit experimentation where the principal desires the agent to constantly switch to new arms to maximize the chance of success. The agent faces a fixed cost of switching. We show that the principal's optimal reward scheme is maximally uncertain---the agent receives transfers for success, but their distribution has an extreme variance. Despite being stationary, the optimal reward scheme achieves the principal's first-best outcome provided that the agent's outside option is sufficiently valuable. Our results shed light on the non-transparent incentives used by online platforms, such as YouTube, and guide how to design incentives for creativity in such applications.
We present a laboratory experiment designed to measure both actual and perceived dynamic inconsistency using a novel convex commitment device. Participants supply effort in the form of unpleasant tasks over time, and can commit to future effort at a cost. We find that participants demand a great deal of commitment, implying they believe they are significantly dynamically inconsistent, despite evidence of little to no dynamic inconsistency. The results suggest caution when employing commitment devices, as their usage may be unrelated to the problem they are trying to solve.