I am a PhD candidate in the Business and Public Policy (BPP) group at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. My research interest is at the intersection of economics and management, with a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. I am also interested in firm size effect and business dynamics – e.g., how small versus large firms behave differently and bring different values to the economy.
Summary of Job Market Paper:
I will be on the job market in late 2018 for the 2019 academic year. As a 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, I study how market competition affects a firm’s ability/incentives to innovate, contributing to the so-called "Competition-Innovation Debate." Empirical results show a negative causal relationship between competition and innovation. I further explore how firms change their breadth of innovation as they face different level of market competition. I find novel evidence that firms broadened their area of innovation when facing less competitive pressure. These findings provide implications for the competition policy that promoting competition by rote may not be a one-size-fits-all solution for achieving its goal and that pro-innovation effect of reduced competition may merit further consideration.
To measure market competition and deal with the endogeneity, I exploit 461 price-fixing collusion cases (involving nearly 2,000 firms) in the U.S. during 1975-2015. Each collusion provides double opportunities – the formation of collusion, by design, suppresses market competition, whereas collusion breakdown restores the degree of competition. Access to the U.S. Census restricted-use microdata also enables a thorough examination of various aspects of entrepreneurial and innovation activities.
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Updated on Mar 2018