Welcome

webpThank you for visiting my website! I am an assistant professor of Economics at Oxford College of Emory University. Here you can find information about my research, teaching, and just about anything related to my academic life.

Although I have a lifelong interest in the history of economic ideas (there are just too many fascinating topics worth learning about), my current research specializes in exploring the role of the public sector in promoting human development through policies that foster economic growth and reduce income inequalities. I use several alternative measures for quality of life. Broadly speaking, the first set of measures is based on the psychological notion of subjective well-being, and the second set on the philosophical notion of “capabilities.” I also try to account for any potential trade-offs between economic growth, freedom, and income inequality.

For example, the United States today is far richer than it was at the beginning of the twentieth century, or even in the 1970′s. Yet, the gap between the rich and poor is also at a historically high level (only comparable to what happened prior to the Great Depression). Millions of people have expressed their discontent with the current level of income inequality through the Occupy Wall Street movement. Are we better off today, then, as a result of the economic growth even if this growth has come at the expense of a more equal society? This is the question that my research tries to answer using alternative measures such as the level of self-reported happiness and the Human Development Index.

I am also interested in the effect of economic freedom (and the political institutions that define it) on productive and non-productive entrepreneurship. In the future, I plan to create a rent-seeking index, which will allow me to determine if decline in economic freedom causes further decline in freedom as it gives economic actors an incentive to spend more energy in non-productive ways such as lobbying and lawsuits.

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Public Economics, Microeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Happiness Economics, History of Economic Thought, Behavioral Economics