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I’m an Associate Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh with a secondary appointment at the Department of Economics. I direct the Pitt Smart Living Human Behavior lab (NSF #1739413) in collaboration with the School of Computing and Information. I am also a member of the Heinz Endowments funded Pitt Wage Study team, which is centered at the School of Social Work, and the Pittsburgh Experimental Economic Laboratory. I am on sabbatical in AY 18-19.

I received my PhD in Social Science at the California Institute of Technology in 2010. Before Caltech I was a computer scientist at Adobe Systems, working on the PDF file technology. As an experimental economist in a school of public affairs, I bridge academic research and the day-to-day challenges facing those who provide services to vulnerable populations. My research focuses on three important drivers of service provision: 1) the supply of donated funds and labor (prosocial behavior), 2) the ability for decision makers to aggregate mission-critical information under uncertainty (information aggregation), and 3) the behavior of the population targeted for service. I believe that solutions to real world problems transcend disciplinary boundaries to touch upon universal human motivations. This belief has translated into collaboration with political science, social work, and computer science as well as experiments in the US, India, China, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan. I am also work on big data, prediction and visualization using mobile phone and social services data.