I am currently working on four main lines of research. The first concerns methods to estimate consumer preferences that are flexible in that they relax restrictive assumptions on what consumers know and how they operate when facing a choice problem. Second, I am studying the patterns of consumer search over multiple product attributes (such as price and quality), with the goal of understanding what we can learn about these patterns from observed choice outcomes. Third, I am working on developing methods to analyze dynamic decisions by economic agents - e.g. a firm deciding whether to enter a market or a consumer deciding whether to buy now or tomorrow. Relative to existing methods, our approach is more robust in that it allows for variables that are observed by the agents (but not the researcher) and are correlated over time. Finally, I have been working on US offshore oil lease auctions. Specifically, the goal of our project is to shed light on how the information on the value of the leases is distributed across the bidding firms, which - among other things - has important implications for optimal auction design.
Research Expertise and Interest
industrial organization, econometric modeling, applied econometrics, marketing