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I’m a PhD student in Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

I primarily study Prospect Theory, Mental Accounting, and consumer financial decision making. I am currently working on projects related to

1) The ways minimum payments affect credit card debt repayment strategies across multiple cards
(with Abby Sussman)

2) Mental Budgeting vs. Relative Thinking
AEA Papers and Proceedings (with Devin Pope and Jihong Song)

3) Metrics for detecting the ‘hot hand’ in basketball using waiting time properties of binomial distributions (with Connor Dowd and Nick Polson)

I am developing ideas related to loss aversion parameter estimation, non-parametric estimation of the probability weighting function, and reference dependence in field settings.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked at RAND in Boston doing health services research.

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