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 competitive strategy and business dynamism – e.g., how small/entrepreneurial versus large established firms behave differently and bring different values to the economy. I will be on the job market in the late 2018.
As a 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow, I study whether competition contributes to entrepreneurial activities and innovations, and how. First, I examine whether higher competition promotes birth and growth of capable entrepreneurs (and crowds out inefficient incumbent firms). My second question is on the effects of competition on a firm’s ability/incentives to innovate and the resultant types of innovation. Importantly, I make a distinction between incremental versus radical innovation, which could explain the opposing views (Arrow vs. Schumpeterian) on the causal relationship.
I use a novel instrument – breakup of price-fixing collusion – as a plausibly exogenous change in market competition. Access to the U.S. Census restricted-use microdata also enables a thorough examination of various aspects of entrepreneurial and innovation activities.
Updated on Feb 2018