My research interests are in theoretical political economy and other areas of applied theory. My main line of research introduces an approach to modeling decision making in informationally rich and complicated environments. The key novelty is to use the Brownian motion (and stochastic processes more generally) to represent the mapping from actions to outcomes. So far I have published nine papers using this technology, across a variety of applications (11, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 23, and 24 on my C.V), and I’m actively working on several new projects. Click here to see more information on this line of work.  

We hold a lunch group for people on campus interested in political economy theory. The details and schedule can be found here: Political Economy Theory Lunch

SITE conference. For the past few years I have co-organized a conference on Political Economy theory as part of the Stanford University SITE program (jointly with Avi Acharya, Hulya Eraslan, Dana Foarta, and Tom Palfrey). We see this conference as sitting at the intersection of political economy and economic theory, a venue at which political economists can gather and discuss new and interesting theory and at which economic theorists can step into political economy. The conference has been virtual so far (2020 & 2021). We will be live and in-person in 2022! Please submit your best PE theory papers and attend the conference.


** New ** Conference on the Political Economy of Environmental Sustainability. I am organizing a conference with Jon Bendor in conjunction with the new Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability. The conference will be held on Stanford’s campus (in person) on October 14-15, 2022.  Conference details, including how to submit a paper, can be found at the website here. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2022. Let me know if you have any questions.


Working Papers

Agenda Control Under Policy Uncertainty

with Nolan McCarty
(R&R at AJPS)

Context-Dependent Prospects

Innovation and Competition on a Rugged Technological Landscape

with Nicolas Lambert and Niko Matouschek

Policy Decay and Political Competition

with Greg Martin

The Dynamics of a Policy Outcome: Market Response and Bureaucratic Enforcement of a Policy Change

with Dana Foarta and Takuo Sugaya
(R&R at AJPS)


Ideological Competition

with Federica Izzo and Greg Martin
Accepted at AJPS

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Cause and Effect in Political Polarization: A Dynamic Analysis

with Juan Carlos Carbajal
Journal of Political Economy 130:4 (April), 825-880, 2022.

The Novelty of Innovation: Disruption, Competition, and Antitrust Policy

with Niko Matouschek
Management Science 68:1 (January), 37-51, 2022
Paper        Kellogg Insight


The Power of Referential Advice

with Nicolas Lambert and Niko Matouschek
Journal of Political Economy 129 (November): 3073-3140, 2021.
Paper    LSE Management Blog

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Arrow Meets Hotelling: Modeling Spatial Innovation

with Nicolas Lambert and Niko Matouschek
American Economic Association Papers & Proceedings (non-refereed) 111: 538-543, 2021.


The Risk of Failure: Trial and Error Learning and Long-Run Performance

with Niko Matouschek
American Economic Journal — Microeconomics 11 (February): 44-78, 2019.

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