I am a postdoctoral associate in Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi, with research interests in Microeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of networks. 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. [Click on the buttons below to see more]
BackgroundPhD. Sociology, University of Groningen
I am a postdoctoral associate at the social science division at New York University Abu Dhabi
My research interests lie within microeconomics, with a particular focus on behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of networks. Within my work, I look at how differences between individuals (such as their group identities or their skills) and the types of relationships they can form with others (personal versus impersonal) cause economic inefficiencies and social exclusion.
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.
See my work
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.