I am a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta. I hold an MA (1999) and a PhD (2003) degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, which I obtained after my undergraduate studies in business and economics at the University of Hohenheim, Germany. Before coming to Alberta in 2012, I held appointments at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (USA) and at Emory University in Atlanta, GA (USA).
My general research fields are applied microeconomic theory, public economics, political economy, law and economics, and industrial organization. I study the decisions of individuals and organizations, their effects on social and economic outcomes, and how these effects are shaped by the law and by public policy.
Within the aforementioned areas I have worked on a variety of specific research topics, including campaign finance, models of political elections, models of discrimination (in the labor market and other realms), the regulation of industries, and a number of issues in behavioral economics. My research lies at the intersection of economics with political science, law, sociology, and psychology.
Please visit my personal website to find out more about my research.
I have taught economics since 1999 at both the undergraduate and graduate level. My courses include intermediate and advanced microeconomic theory, game theory, public expenditure, taxation, public choice, and mathematical economics.
Content varies from year to year. Topics announced prior to registration period. Prerequisites: ECON 109 and ECON 281. Additional prerequisites may be required; consult the department for further information.Fall Term 2021
This is an applied projects course in which you will be interacting directly with a partner organization in industry, government, or the non-profit sector, with an Economics faculty member to provide guidance and supervision. No in-class meeting pattern; group meetings and advisor meetings will be scheduled throughout the term as needed. Prerequisite: ECON 109 and consent of Department. ECON 399 recommended.Winter Term 2022
Producer and consumer behavior; partial equilibrium models of perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets; Walrasian general equilibrium; welfare economics. Prerequisites: ECON 386 and 387, 481 and 482.Fall Term 2021