My research interests include matching and bargaining (with applications to labor economics and family economics), auctions, and evolutionary and psychological game theory. I seek to test my theories empirically and experimentally, and apply them in interdisciplinary and classroom settings.
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PAPERS [by date] [by topic]

Working Papers

  1. Pay It Forward: Theory and Experiment (with Amanda Chuan),
    February 2022.
  2. Reputational Bargaining with Ultimatum Opportunities (with Mehmet Ekmekci),
    February 2022.
  3. Decentralized Matching with Transfers: Experimental and Noncooperative Analyses (with Simin He and Jiabin Wu),
    February 2022.
  4. Heterophily, Stable Matching, and Intergenerational Transmission in Cultural Evolution (with Victor Hiller and Jiabin Wu),
    December 2021.
  5. A Marriage-Market Perspective on Risk-Taking and Career Choices (with Ben Zou),
    European Economic Review, revise and resubmit, December 2021.
  6. Overcoming Borrowing Stigma: The Design of Lending-of-Last-Resort Policies (with Yunzhi Hu),
    October 2021.
    Paul Van Arsdell Best Paper Award in Corporate Finance, Midwest Finance Association
    Best Paper Award in Markets and Institutions, Eastern Finance Association


  1. Polarization, Antipathy, and Political Activism (with Jiabin Wu),
    Economic Inquiry, published online, March 2022.
  2. Project Team Collaborations During Time of Disruptions: Transaction Costs, Knowledge Flows, and Social Network Theory Perspective (with Hasan Gokberk Bayhan, Sinem Mollaoglu, and Kenneth Frank),
    Construction Research Congress, March 2022.
  3. Prices versus Auctions in Large Markets,
    Economic Theory, November 2021.
  4. Preference Evolution in Different Matching Markets (with Jiabin Wu),
    European Economic Review, August 2021.
  5. Tractable Cubic Cost Functions for Teaching Microeconomics (with Scott Swinton),
    Applied Economics Teaching Resources, June 2021.
    [Excel] [Mathematica] [Mathematica PDF]
  6. An Investment-and-Marriage Model with Differential Fecundity: On the College Gender Gap,
    Journal of Political Economy, May 2021.
  7. The Optimal Sequence of Prices and Auctions,
    European Economic Review, April 2021.
  8. An Evolutionary Justification for Overconfidence (with Kim Gannon),
    Economics Bulletin, September 2020.
    University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) Best Paper Award, Michigan State University
  9. Pre-Matching Gambles,
    Games and Economic Behavior, May 2020.
  10. The Optimal Sequence of Prices and Auctions (Extended Abstract),
    Third Conference on Auctions, Market Mechanisms and Their Applications, August 2015.
  11. To Risk or Not to Risk? Improving Financial Risk Taking of Older Adults by Online Social Information (with Jason Chen Zhao, Wai-Tat Fu, Henry Been-Lirn Duh, and Shengdong Zhao),
    Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, March 2015.
  12. Evolutionary Justifications for Non-Bayesian Beliefs,
    Economics Letters, November 2013.
  13. Two-Player Zero-Sum Poker Models with One and Two Rounds of Betting,
    Penn Science, Fall 2010.
  14. Cohort Profile: The China Jintan Child Cohort Study (with Jianghong Liu, Linda A. McCauley, Yang Zhao, and Jennifer Pinto-Martin),
    International Journal of Epidemiology, June 2010.