Short Professional Bio:
I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. I received Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.S. degree in economics from Purdue University. Prior to joining Montana State University, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Tulane University. My other previous experiences include developing electricity price forecasting models for spot and day ahead markets as well as work as an engineer in the automotive industry. At Montana State University, I teach industrial organization, microeconomic theory and intermediate microeconomics.
My research has an emphasis in applied industrial organization particularly with questions pertaining to price discrimination, product differentiation and switching costs. My previous work in this area shows that contrary to the previous literature, switching costs may facilitate lower prices and explains why some industries, like airlines, reward consumer loyalty yet other industries, like long distance phone service, entice consumers to switch. My research also extends into other areas of economics including auction theory, telecommunications, and energy and environmental economics.