Professor of Economics, Director of Graduate Studies
I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). I hold a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1991) and a PhD in Economics from Stanford University (1998). Prior to joining the faculty at Zurich, I held academic positions in the UK and US at the University of Warwick, Duke University, and the University of Arizona. In 2007-2008, I was the Chief Economist at the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), the United States media and communications regulator.
I am an empirical economist specializing in the fields of industrial organization, econometrics, and media economics. Much of my work focuses on "evidence-based policymaking": using data on consumer and firm behaviour to understand the mechanisms generating market outcomes in product (esp. media) markets in order to best design public policies in those markets. I am also interested in empirical models of information, learning, and search, endogenous product characteristics and optimal product choice, and the economic effects of advertising.
Since 2014, I am also co-Program Director for the Industrial Organization program at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Among other duties, I organize the annual conference in Applied IO in the last half of May each year. The last few such conferences that I have organized can be found below and the full list can be found here.
For further information about my specific fields of interest and copies of my published and working papers, please click here.