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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 Intelligent Systems Program at SCI and the Department of Economics at Arts & Sciences. I direct the Pitt Smart Living Human Behavior Laboratory (video), which is funded by the NSF.

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 1) the supply of donated funds and labor (prosocial behavior), 2) the ability for decision makers to aggregate mission-critical information, 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.

I am currently working on the Heinz Endowments funded Pitt Wage Study team, which is centered at the School of Social Work, and the Pittsburgh Experimental Economic Laboratory.

I’m the GSPIA-IS joint degree program coordinator: for initial information see here, then download the checklist here