I am an associate professor at the Department of Economics, University of California San Diego. I was born in Montréal (paternal side is Japanese and maternal side is French Canadian) and speak English, French, and Japanese. According to WikiTree, I am distant cousins with Celine Dion (singer), Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister of Canada), and Taylor Swift (singer).

Upcoming seminars

  • 2/28/2024 Georgetown University
  • 3/1/2024 George Mason University
  • 5/13/2024 Copenhagen Business School
  • 5/14/2024 University of Hamburg
  • 5/16/2024 Lund University
  • 5/20/2024 Jönköping University
  • 5/22-23/2024 University of Oslo

My research

I am a mathematical economist with strong interests in applications. The topics I have worked on include

among others.

I have published papers in journals such as Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Theoretical Economics, Quantitative Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, American Mathematical Monthly, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Operations Research Letters, and Physical Review E, among others. I am also a medical doctor (anesthesiologist) and an associate editor at Economic Theory and a co-editor at Journal of Mathematical Economics. Please see my research page for more details.

My values

I find it beautiful when regularity and complexity come together. Some corollaries of this statement are:

  • I like mathematics,
  • I like power law behavior,
  • I like bubbles,
  • My favorite composer is J. S. Bach,
  • My favorite artist is M. C. Escher,
  • I like short, simple papers that are to the point.

I also like programming, chess, and tennis, although I am not particularly good at those.

My Erdős number

My current Erdős number is 3, based on the following connections (you can use this tool to compute your Erdős number or the collaboration distance between anybody):

Paul ErdősNoga AlonGregory GutinAlexis Akira Toda