I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Utah State University and the Director of the Experimental Economics Program and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity.
My current research can be roughly divided into three categories. In the first, I study auctions and contests from both a theoretical and experimental perspective. I focus on the implications of asymmetric information, endogenous entry, and valuation structure. In the second, I try to understand the implications of the incentives faced by legal actors. I am particularly interested in prosecutorial incentives and the plea bargaining process. In the third, I study informal institutions. My work thus far has largely focused on cultural differences in social norms.