I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Business and Public Policy (BPP) group at Berkeley-Haas, where I will receive a Ph.D. degree by May 2019. I am currently on the job market for the 2019/2020 academic year. I will be available for interviews at the 2018 AoM Meeting in Chicago and the 2019 AEA Meeting in Atlanta.
My research interest lies at the intersection of management and economics, with a focus on competitive strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, and public policy that shape business environment.
My dissertation comprises three essays. In my job market paper, titled “How Does Competition Affect Innovation? Evidence from U.S. Antitrust Cases,” I examine how market competition affects innovation, contributing to the long-standing competition-innovation debate. First, taking a step beyond the intensity of innovation, I consider the types and breadth of innovation. Second, I use novel events, specifically the formation and breakup of price-fixing cartels, to measure market competition and mitigate endogeneity concerns. I collected and digitized data on all known cartel cases in the U.S. for 1970-2017, where a total of 461 cartel cases, along with 1,818 firms and 1,623 managers, are identified. The main finding, that reduced competition could promote innovation activities of firms, has important implications for competition policy, namely that promoting price competition may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, and its anti-innovation effect may merit further consideration.
Two other essays in my dissertation explore several responses to the formation and breakup of cartels. One investigates entry dynamics of firms and particularly the entry, survival, and growth of entrepreneurs. Another explores differential financial market responses to firms in cartels and not in cartels, examining how the investors evaluate non-cartel firms and the market when they learn about cartels. My dissertation is supported by the 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship.
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Business and Public Policy
Haas School of Business