I am an economist working in the fields of Political Economy and Social Dynamics.
Markets operate within an institutional framework, which is usually taken as given. My work examines how economic behavior is shaped by and in turn shapes the social-political environment, often combining game-theoretic models of population dynamics with historical analysis. This approach to political economy broadens the scope of economics to include social norms, culturally transmitted preferences and belief systems, and groups and networks. It draws upon and contributes to a number of emerging fields, including the economics of identity, culture, and religion. The aim of the research program is to better understand the forces governing large-scale economic, social, and political change.
My work has been applied to the following topics:
I am Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow of New College. Previously, I was Associate Professor at the University of California-Irvine in the Department of Economics and the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences. I have been a visiting scholar at Harvard, Stanford, NYU, and Warwick.
I was educated at the University of Oxford (DPhil, MPhil, Monash scholar) and the University of Western Australia.
Course in Evolution and Learning in Games
Religion & Cultural Transmission (ASREC Grad Workshop)
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