Research

Published and Accepted Papers


  • Satisficing with a Variable Threshold (with Levent Ulku) - Journal of Mathematical Economics, Vol. 87: 67-76, March 2020. slides

    • Idea: What can we say about a satisficer with an unobserved and changing notion of "good enough?"


  • The Focal Luce Model (with Gerelt Tserenjigmid) - forthcoming at American Economic Journal: Microeconomics - online appendix

    • Idea: Multinomial logit is great, but what if a decision maker pays more attention to some alternatives than others? It turns out you can identify these "focal" alternatives and distinguish utility from bias.


  • A Model of Stochastic Choice from Lists (with Levent Ulku and Yuhta Ishii) - forthcoming at Journal of Mathematical Economics - slides

    • Idea: Menu variation is great, but what if all you can change is the order of alternatives? Can we still learn about preferences? Yes.

Working Papers (My arXiv page)



  • Conservative Updating - under review

    • Idea: Some people do not change their beliefs enough when provided information . Here's a preference based characterization of such behavior.


  • Ambiguity and Partial Bayesian Updating - under review

    • Idea: How should a set of beliefs be updated? One way is to first select those that are "pretty likely" given the data, then use Bayes' rule. You can find a behavioral analysis of this and more inside.


  • Reference Dependence and Random Attention (with Elchin Suleymanov) - under review

    • Idea: How does a status quo interact with random attention?

    • This paper combines and supersedes "Thinking Inside the Box: Status Quo Bias and Stochastic Consideration" (Kovach 2016) and "Stochastic Attention and Search" (Suleymanov 2018).

Work in Progress

  • Regret and Bounded Rationality In Games: The Focal Quantal Response Equilibrium (with Gerelt Tserenjigmid) - slides

  • Sincerity and the Doctrinal Paradox (with Alan Miller) - slides

  • Ordered Surprises (with Adam Dominiak)

  • Motivated Reasoning in Probability Updating (An experiment, with Matthew Chao)

    • This study is supported by a grant from the Moore Foundation

  • Frame Sensitive Voters and Electoral Competition

Permanent Working Papers

  • Thinking Inside the Box: Status Quo Bias and Stochastic Consideration - working paper - these results have been incorporated into "Reference Dependence and Random Attention."