Assistant Professor of Finance

W. P. Carey School of Business
Arizona State University

Research Interests

In my research, I study how frictions such as network externalities, contracting, and labor search affect systemic risk and asset prices.

  • Banking and Financial Institutions: networks, systemic risk, financial regulation
  • Asset Pricing: theoretical and empirical, labor market frictions, production-based models
  • Macro Finance: top income taxation, labor market dynamics


"A Labor Capital Asset Pricing Model," with Lars-Alexander Kuehn and Mikhail Simutin (SSRN) (BibTeX) (Internet Appendix)(Data)

We show both empirically and theoretically that labor search frictions are an important determinant of the cross-section of equity returns.

  • Forthcoming, Journal of Finance
  • Best Paper Award (ASU Sonoran Finance Conference 2013)
  • WRDS Award for an Outstanding Paper in Asset Pricing Research (MFA 2013)

Working Papers

"Distress Dispersion and Systemic Risk in Networks" (SSRN) (BibTeX)

I develop a model of contagion that stems from endogenous risk-sharing when financial firms differ in distress levels.

"Bank Networks and Systemic Risk: Micro-Evidence from the National Banking Acts," with Mark Paddrik and Haelim Park (BibTeX)

Using interbank deposit networks before and after the National Banking Acts in 1863-1864, we show that a concentrated network is "robust-yet-fragile" to liquidity crises.

"Taxing Atlas: Executive Compensation, Firm Size and Their Impact on Optimal Top Income Tax Rates," with Laurence Ales and Antonio Andres Bellofatto (SSRN) (BibTeX)

We model top income earners as firm managers and derive a formula of optimal top tax rate based on readily available firm-level data on size and executive compensation.

"Asset Pricing with Dynamic Labor Contracts" (BibTeX)

I study asset prices in a two-agent production economy in which the worker has private information about her labor productivity.