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: Can identity change promote efficiency in social coordination


Abstract: In this paper I study how identities impact efficiency in social coordination settings. I formalize a game theoretic model and then test the main insights from the model in a laboratory experiment. The findings show there is a tension between choosing efficiently and choosing consistently with one’s identity. While efficiency is achieved when all players integrate and choose one same action to coordinate on, identities cause agents to have opposing views on which action is best to adopt, driving them towards a segregated society. Arguably, a way to solve this problem is to facilitate agents in minority groups to assimilate by strategically match their identity to that of the majority. I test this conjecture, looking at different challenges to assimilation as treatment variations, and find support for this prediction: when identities are rigid inefficient segregation is predominant, but flexible identities can solve this conflict and promote efficiency via assimilation.


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

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

  3. Web of Lies (with K. Makovi)

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