I work in the philosophy of economics and social science, especially the foundations of decision, rational choice and game theory. I have also interests in general philosophy of science, philosophy of public policy and political philosophy.
Research Project ‘Foundations of Intergenerational Discounting’
In the research project ‘Foundations of Intergenerational Discounting’, I seek to develop general foundations of intergenerational discounting. I will compare existing approaches against these general foundations and discuss problems of value-ladenness and intergenerational justice. The project is funded with a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant and includes two workshops and one conference.
Research Project: Any Number can win? – Measurement Theory for Economic Policy-Making
Numbers are ubiquitous in economic policy-making: GDP, unemployment, inflation, discount rates, and many more are frequently in the focus of interest. Yet, such numbers can take on a life of their own: often, they are used without paying attention to what kinds of assumptions and limitations they entail. In this research project, I seek to develop a coherent account of measurement for economic policy. This account will allow us to make precise what kinds of assumptions are hidden in numbers that are frequently used in economic policy and what good principles are according to which such numbers can be constructed. The project is funded with an NWO VENI grant. More details can be found here.
Publications and Working Papers
- How to be Fairer. Synthese, forthcoming (with Stefan Wintein, Erasmus University Rotterdam).
- A New Interpretation of the Representational Theory of Measurement. Philosophy of Science 82(5) 787-797.
- Success Conditions for Nudges: A Methodological Critique of Libertarian Paternalism. European Journal for Philosophy of Science 4(1), 75-94, 2014.
- Time Discounting Functions as Measures of Radical Uncertainty about the Future? LSE Choice Group Working Paper Series 9(1), 2013.
- Two Types of Self-Censorship: Public and Private. Political Studies 61(1), 178-196, 2012 (with Philip Cook, University of Leicester).
- Review of P. Anand, P.A. Pattanaik, C. Puppe (eds.) The Handbook of Rational and Social Choice. Oxford University Press. Economics & Philosophy 28(1): 92-98, 2012.
- Agent Connectedness and Backward Induction. International Game Theory Review 13(2): 195-208, 2011. Longer version in the LSE Choice Group Working Paper Series 5(3) (with Christian W. Bach, University of Maastricht).
- Censorship and Two Types of Self-Censorship. LSE Choice Group Working Paper Series 6(2). (with Philip Cook, University of Leicester). Also available at SSRN.
- Measurement-Theoretic Foundations of Time Discounting. LSE Choice Group Working Paper Series 4(6).
- Logic and Games. In: J. Williamson and F. Russo (eds.): Key Terms in Logic, Continuum, 2010.