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Research experiences

LECG Economic Consulting
I studied the economic and legal literatures to assess the proper means for valuing patent rights. I applied these results to damages calculations in intellectual property litigation. I also performed an economic analysis of a proposal to reform the California property tax system through the introduction of a split roll.

Summer 2008

Richard Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley, Institute of
Business and Economic Research
I worked with Professor Richard Gilbert on intellectual property issues. Specifically, I looked at historical trends in patent litigation outcomes and awards. Also, I examined the institutional factors that lead to the creation of patent pools for digital media standards.

Summer 2007--
Fall 2007

Walter Mebane, Cornell University Department of Government

I worked with Professor Walter Mebane to develop statistical tests for the forensic analysis of election returns. We created a model of voter choice and manipulated vote counts to simulate a variety of fraud scenarios. We analyzed the frequency of digits in the resulting vote totals for conformity to frequencies predicted by Benford's Law. Unadulterated vote totals followed this distribution, while many tampered results did not. Precinct-level data from the 1996, 2000, and 2004 U.S. presidential elections, too, largely followed Benford's Law. These results suggest that a Benford's Law test may help detect fraud in American elections.
(See a description of Walter's work in The Economist.)

Summer 2006

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Office of Markets, Tariffs, and Rates, Policy Group
Under Chief Economist Richard O'Neill, I prepared a paper outlining the theory and assumptions underlying models of oligopoly. I generated an original oligopoly model based upon asymmetric firms. I assessed the applicability of these models to market power monitoring and mitigation in the electricity sector and summarized empirical findings. Additionally, I co-authored a paper with Dick O'Neill and others on bilateral market power. I was presented with the Agency's Award for Quality Service for my work.

Summer 2005

Beacon Hill Institute for Public Policy Research

My internship began by researching, compiling, and analyzing data on state and local tax referenda in Massachusetts in search of evidence for the Tiebout hypothesis. Later that summer, I worked with a team of interns to conduct a contingent valuation survey of Cape Cod residents and tourists. The survey was part of a larger study of the economic and environmental impacts of siting windmills in Nantucket Sound. The following summer, I performed a comparative analysis of the efficiency of northeastern highway systems in response to Governor Mitt Romney's proposal to merge the Highway Department and the Turnpike Authority.

Summers 2003--2004


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