Economics (2019 cohort)
I am a DPhil Economics student at Nuffield College, Oxford. My research interests include microeconomic theory, behavioural game theory and information economics.
My current research focuses on first impression biases and the value of blind auditioning. While there is extensive empirical evidence that biases are pervasive and that commonly used policies may have unintended consequences if objectivity is illusionary, we know relatively little about how policies designed to counteract biases affect economic incentives. A better understanding of this issue is critical because biases are costly: organisations loose talent if qualified people are excluded from certain roles due to hirers' biased perceptions. My research builds on behavioural game theory and information economics to develop new theories on how policy design in the presence of biases affects economic incentives and equal opportunity. More specifically, I plan to study the potential trade-off between policies to counteract bias and efficiency loss due to adverse effects on effort provision, and the design of an environment that minimises biases and provides effort incentives.
Prior to the DPhil, I read for the MPhil in Economics at the University of Oxford from which I graduated with distinction. During my graduate studies, I established my research agenda which I will continue to develop under the supervision of Dr Willemien Kets. Before coming to Oxford, I earned a first-class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Strathclyde, where I graduated at the top of my class. I am also an Alumni and former scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.