I do not separate my identity as a teacher from my identity as a scholar or member
of society. As a teacher, I am responsible for teaching the essence of the intelligible
world to my students. However, without any scholarship how would I know anything about
this essence? Thus, without scholarship how could I teach? Nevertheless, my students are
also part of the intelligible world. Therefore, as I teach them, their responses also
inform me. This information helps me with my scholarship. Thus, there seems to be, for me
at least, a continuous feedback loop between teaching and scholarship that helps me
become both a better teacher and a better scholar – and therefore understand the world
better. Indeed, my ability to be a contributing member of society improves with better
understanding of the world’s elements. It is also a lot of fun! 

My scholarly activity reflects an eclectic intellectual curiosity centered around my
interest in the role of information in decision making. My interest in the economics of
information have led me to investigate areas as wide ranging as the role of information
transmission in cartel stability, lying to a dentist, the unsuitability of racial
profiling for detecting terrorists, the determination of identity, and the role of
civilization in generating short sighted human decisions. 

Conflict

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The Evolution of Revolution: Is Splintering Inevitable? (with Laura Razzolini), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2013)

We use an evolutionary model to study splintering in rebels’ groups. We assume that rebels...

 

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Cultural Assimilation: The Political Economy of Psychology as an Evolutionary Game Theoretic Dynamic (with Dave Cotting), VMI Working Paper Series (2012)

In this paper, we model the interaction between idiocentric and allocentric immigrants in two settings...

 

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Is Reform Inevitable In Iran? An Evolutionary Analysis (with Laura Razzolini and Dixon Josh), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2011)

A persistent, if somewhat violent, reformist movement in Iran has many observers believing that reform...

 

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Predicting State Failure: A Classification Tree Approach (with Jim T. Bang and William F. Shughart II), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2010)

We deviate from standard practice in the literature on state failure to use classification tree...

 

A Theory of Conflict As A Function of State Power: Cases Illustrating An Evolutionary Process (with Jim J. Hentz and Laura Razzolini), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2010)

In this paper we develop a simple evolutionary model that analyzes the role of state...

 

Industrial Organization

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Price Discrimination and Resale: A Classroom Experiment (with David Reilly, Christian Rojas, and et al), Journal of Economic Education (2008)

This paper presents a classroom experiment designed to illustrate key concepts of third-degree price discrimination....

 

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Silence is Golden: Communication, Silence, And Cartel Stability (with John Conlon), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2007)

This paper studies how cartel stability is influenced by asymmetric information and communication about demand....

 

Growth and Development

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Reducing the Impact of Ethnic Tensions on Economic Growth – Economic or Political Institutions? (with Jim Bang and Michael Reksulak) (2010)

We use a standard growth regression model and show that ethnic tensions reduce per capita...

 

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Losing the Edge at the Final Frontier: A Relative Decline in Scientific Inputs and its Consequences (with Michael Reksulak), Applied Econometric and International Development (2007)

This paper proposes a model of scientific output utilizing a Cobb-Douglas production function. We employ...

 

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US Aid or US Trade? – Relative Effect on Worldwide Human Development (with Tinni Sen), Proceedings of the International Business and Economics Research Conference (2006)

The effect of aid on economic growth is unclear. It may be more plausible to...

 

Teaching Economics

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Price Discrimination and Resale: A Classroom Experiment (with David Reilly, Christian Rojas, and et al), Journal of Economic Education (2008)

This paper presents a classroom experiment designed to illustrate key concepts of third-degree price discrimination....

 

Human Resource Management

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Are People Sometimes Too Honest? Increasing, Decreasing, and Negative Returns to Honesty (with John Conlon), Southern Economic Journal (2000)

We show that sender honesty can hurt receivers in simple signaling games. The receiver faces...

 

Technology and Education

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Losing the Edge at the Final Frontier: A Relative Decline in Scientific Inputs and its Consequences (with Michael Reksulak), Applied Econometric and International Development (2007)

This paper proposes a model of scientific output utilizing a Cobb-Douglas production function. We employ...

 

Antitrust Law

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Silence is Golden: Communication, Silence, And Cartel Stability (with John Conlon), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2007)

This paper studies how cartel stability is influenced by asymmetric information and communication about demand....

 

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Titan Agonistes: The Wealth Effects of the Standard Oil (N.J.) Case (with Michael Reksulak, Bill Shughart, and Bob Tollison), Research in Law and Economics (2004)

This paper explores the puzzling wealth effects of the Standard Oil (N.J.) case. Contrary to...

 

Evolution and Economics

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When Good Bankers Go Bad: Is Moral Hazard Evolutionarily Stable? (with Troy Siemers and Sam Allen) (2013)

We apply existing theory as a preliminary analysis of whether efficient contracts can evolve naturally....

 

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The Evolution of Revolution: Is Splintering Inevitable? (with Laura Razzolini), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2013)

We use an evolutionary model to study splintering in rebels’ groups. We assume that rebels...

 

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Cultural Assimilation: The Political Economy of Psychology as an Evolutionary Game Theoretic Dynamic (with Dave Cotting), VMI Working Paper Series (2012)

In this paper, we model the interaction between idiocentric and allocentric immigrants in two settings...

 

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The Evolution of Cooperation: How Patience Matters (with Raja Mazumder and Vahan Simoyan), Working Paper (2012)

The evolution of cooperation has been the focus of much attention from evolutionary game theorists....

 

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Is Reform Inevitable In Iran? An Evolutionary Analysis (with Laura Razzolini and Dixon Josh), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2011)

A persistent, if somewhat violent, reformist movement in Iran has many observers believing that reform...

 

Decision Analysis

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A Decision Analysis Approach To Solving the Signaling Game (with Barry Cobb), Decision Analysis (2009)

Decision analysis has traditionally been applied to choices under uncertainty involving a single decision maker....

 

Constitutional Law

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Is Reform Inevitable In Iran? An Evolutionary Analysis (with Laura Razzolini and Dixon Josh), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2011)

A persistent, if somewhat violent, reformist movement in Iran has many observers believing that reform...

 

Checks and Balances at the OK Corral: (with Michael Reksulak and William F. Shughart), Constitutional Mythologies: New Perspectives on Controlling the State (2010)

The second amendment of the US constitution is often interpreted by lawyers as a way...

 

International Trade

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The Truth About Outsourcing, Virginia Viewpoint (2005)

For businessmen, outsourcing is a tool used by one’s competitors in the global marketplace. For...

 

Legislative Processes

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Predicting State Failure: A Classification Tree Approach (with Jim T. Bang and William F. Shughart II), VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2010)

We deviate from standard practice in the literature on state failure to use classification tree...

 

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Reversal of Fortune: the politics and economics of the superconducting supercollider (with Paul Pecorino and William F. Shughart II), Public Choice (1999)

Congress approved the superconducting supercollider but later cut all funding after construction of the project...

 

Bioinformatics

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The Evolution of Cooperation: How Patience Matters (with Raja Mazumder and Vahan Simoyan), Working Paper (2012)

The evolution of cooperation has been the focus of much attention from evolutionary game theorists....

 

Psychology

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Cultural Assimilation: The Political Economy of Psychology as an Evolutionary Game Theoretic Dynamic (with Dave Cotting), VMI Working Paper Series (2012)

In this paper, we model the interaction between idiocentric and allocentric immigrants in two settings...