I am a postdoc in Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. My research interests lie within behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of networks.

In my job market paper, I study how group identities can promote social coordination when minority groups strategically match their identity with that of the dominant majority to escape segregation (see JM paper)

I am on the 2019/2020 economics job market and available for interviews at the EEA (Rotterdam) and the ASSA (San Diego) job market meetings.

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Research

Job Market Paper

Flexible identities: How identity change can promote efficiency in social coordination settings


Abstract: Group identity has emerged as a key explanatory variable of social exclusion or economic inequality because people prefer to benefit others who are similar to them (in-group favoritism) over those belonging to a different social group. In this paper I study identity choices as strategic moves, so that individuals in disadvantageous groups can change their identities to break free from inefficient outcomes. Particularly, I look at group identity choices in a social network setting where interactions with others (both in-group and out-groups) are strategically interdependent. I provide a theoretical model and characterize equilibrium outcomes when group identities can be changed, showing how identity change significantly reduces the equilibrium set compared to settings with fixed identities. I then test the predictions of the model in a laboratory experiment and find evidence that identity change greatly helps the attainment of efficient, while at the same time observe a persistence of selective discrimination and in-group favoritisms. I also conduct additional experimental treatments to understand different types of frictions preventing identity change.


Publications

  1. James Andreoni and the quest for others in our utility functions. J. Public Economic Theory, 2018. (with N. Nikiforakis)

  2. Equilibrium characterization of networks under conflicting preferences. Economic Letters, 2017 (with P. Hernandez, G. Martinez, A. Sanchez)

  3. Conflict and Segregation in Networks: An Experiment on the Interplay between Individual Preferences and Social Influence. J. Dynamic and Games, 2016 (with L. Ellwardt, P. Hernandez, G. Martinez)

  4. The Strategic Role of Non-Binding Communication. J. Applied Mathematics: Special Issue on Experimental Game Theory and its Application in Sociology and Pol. Science, 2015. (with L. Palacio, A. Cortés)

  5. The Bargaining Power of Commitment: An Experiment on the Effects of Threats in the Hawk-Dove Game. Rationality and Society, 2015 (with L. A. Palacio, A. Cortes)

  6. Heterogeneous Network Games: Conflicting Preferences. Games and Economic Behavior, 2013 (with P. Hernandez, A. Sanchez)
    * This paper was derived from my single-authored master thesis

Working papers

  1. Integration and diversity (with S. Goyal, P. Hernández, G. Martínez, F. Moisan, A. Sánchez)
    [R&R Experimental Economics]

  2. Collaborative production networks among unequal actors (with J. Dijkstra, R. Wittek, A. Flache)
    [R&R Network Science]

  3. Business culture: The role of relational proximity and contract incompleteness (with E. Reuben)
    [Submittted]

  4. The limits of transparency on embezzlement and bribery (with D. Parra, L. Palacio)
    [Submittted]

In preparation

  1. Communication and contracts in multitask principal-agent relations (with E. Reuben)

  2. Web of Lies (with K. Makovi)

  3. Second- and third-party counter-punishment (with N. Nikiforakis)

  4. Group diversity, coordination, and spillovers (with Y. Long)

  5. Turn Taking in Repeated Investment games with Competition

  6. Preferences for cooperation or competition (with S. Behnk)

Teaching


Application of Theories

  • Course on research design and causality in social sciences
  • Undergraduate level
  • Taught from 2011 to 2014
  • Website


Social Networks

  • Introductory course on social networks in Economics
  • Course: completely designed by me for a summer school
  • Taught in 2013
  • Website