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I am a computational social scientist, thinking about firms and inequality, broadly defined.


My research interests revolve around the causes and consequences of firm heterogeneity. They begin with the historical development of firm strategies as key for understanding the integrated strategy of the firm in the context of internationalization and extend to the extent to which the relationships between firms and the institutional contexts within which they operate can account for sustained heterogeneous performance. More broadly, I am interested in the comparative study of firms as institutions and strategy and the development of strategic capabilities as processes, in the development of competitive advantage in regimes of rapid technological change.


My intellectual inquiry contends with issues such as how to best conceptualize and measure firms' responses to the globalization of finance, trade, and production and how to best theorize and measure how firms strategize to develop and sustain competitive advantage, with an empirical focus on dynamic complementarities among firms' activities as the basic units of competitive advantage.


My most recent work Varieties of Wage Inequality examines firm-level heterogeneity in access to financial instruments, especially patient capital, and industry-level heterogeneity in multi-level wage bargaining. I offer a theory that suggest that wage bargaining institutions lead to natural labor market segmentation by industry and differential access to patient capital leads to natural capital market segmentation by firm.


I further argue that the endogenous interaction of these segmentations drive the margins of labor market adjustment to facets of globalization, including trade liberalization and exchange rate misalignment, which form Varieties of Wage Inequality​. Finally, variety explains the cross sections for the formation of new social blocs, politics, and preferences across the globe.


I am supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship.



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