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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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.