**Overview**

My main research interest is the study of behaviour and decision making from a mathematical viewpoint although I am currently in the process of diversifying my research portfolio to study public finance in developing economies where informal production looms large and to study exclusion in credit markets. My work on decision theory has applications to both econometrics and finance.

**Decision theory**

To date, my research mostly focuses on that which lies at the heart of all economic activity: decision-making. I strive to ensure that the model we attribute to economic agents is robust to the background structure we attribute to the model of the decision maker.

For instance, in the standard model of expected utility, an agent's preferences are defined on a convex set of lotteries or prospects.

Yet it is fair to say that the typical subject in an experiment is unaware of the convex set the experimenter has in mind.

In ``Axioms for measuring utility on partial mixture sets'' (single-authored R & R at Journal of Mathematical economics), I provide a framework that encompasses a number of benchmark models of uncertainty and ambiguity. I show that relaxing standard conditions on the set of prospects requires a compensatory strengthening of the axioms on preferences: if the usual cardinal linear utility is to exist. For different setting, in my paper ``Parametric continuity of utility when the topology is coarse'' (single-authored publication in Journal of Mathematical economics), a similar tradeoff arises in relation to the set of parameters that index utility.

More recently, in ``Prudent and open-minded case-based prediction with limited data'', I generalise the model of Gilboa and Schmeidler (Econometrica, 2003) to allow for forecasters that have limited data or that lack experience. To compensate for this structural weakening, I require that the decision maker is prudent enough and open-minded enough to draft her current forecast with the potential arrival of new information in mind.

**Taxation and industrial organisation**

I have a working paper on ``Optimal taxation in networks with informal production''. Like bounded rationality, informal production introduces bounds on the ability of the government to tax firms. This work is of particular relevance to developing economies where the informal sector is large and where it may be efficient to let small firms and transactions slip through the tax net. I show that production efficiency (as in the seminal work of Diamond and Mirrlees, 1971) is feasible, but only if the government can impose a cashflow tax that depends on bundles of goods. Each chain of supply should contain at least one formal link and production specific decisions should be left undistorted. In practice, the government will typically need to invest in infrastructure (e.g.~technology and finance) to expand the set of efficient equilibria and enable formal firms to overcome any diseconomies of scope that arise due to bundling.

Informal production forms a large and important part of most developing economies. In the presence of informal production, the usual value-added tax (VAT) or general sales tax GST) may cause distortions along the supply chain. This is partly because informal producers do not declare sales and therefore cannot cannot reclaim VAT paid on inputs and partly because input prices may be distorted by the tax. This is all the more important due to the widespread adoption of the VAT in many countries during the last four decades.

Existing models adopt a general equilibrium approach and restrict attention to linear pricing. In practice, nonlinear pricing is commonly observed and firms are determined through competition in a manner that is better described through a game. We consider a system of Bertrand–Edgeworth markets with free entry, where firms compete both in terms of price and quantity.

**Eliciting beliefs about stock prices**

With behavioral finance in mind, my working paper ``Eliciting beliefs about stock prices'' applies the main result of ``Axioms for measuring utility on partial mixture sets''.

I propose a method for eliciting beliefs about about stochastic processes in continuous time.

We argue that paths and moments provide a more tractable alternative to the standard approach of Savage or Anscombe and Aumann, which is better suited to ''small decision worlds". The standard approach takes events as the primitive object of measurement. Beliefs are elicited by asking the agent to choose between pairs of binary options that pay "a dollar" if the event obtains and zero otherwise.

The issue is that even the simplest events in such infinite dimensional settings are cylinder sets (see figure). I argue even these events are too complicated for most experimental subjects to evaluate. Even for a machine that has learnt the process, eliciting or testing moments should be more informative.

**Exclusion from credit markets when screening is competitive**

In this project, we explore the conditions under which exclusion from credit markets can arise in markets where banks compete with one another, screen borrowers and are free to offer nonlinear price schedules.