Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Oregon, interested in empirical IO and competitions in digital markets.
Summary of Qualifications
- A Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Oregon, entering the job market for the 2023-2024 cycle.
- Interested in empirical industrial organization, platform competition, and dynamic optimization problems.
- A skilled communicator with teaching experience as the sole instructor of three undergraduate courses, and the discussion leader of more than five undergraduate courses in economics
- A interdisciplinary collaborator with experience working in various sectors, including consulting, legal, and an intergovernmental organization
- A developer of three web applications
Job Market Paper
Why Firms Buy: Dynamic Games of Acquisition Among Tech Giants
Formerly titled "The Battle of Tech Titans: A Game Theoretic Approach to Their Interactive Acquisition Dynamics"
Tech markets often feature high market concentration and frequent acquisitions. Understanding the motives underlying these acquisition strategies is therefore a first-order question for regulators and practitioners. I formulate a dynamic discrete choice model involving multiple agents to analyze acquisition records of the "big five" -- Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and Apple. I characterize the firms' acquisition decisions observed in the data as a Markov perfect equilibrium that are driven by their internal motives and defensive motives. I find that the defensive motives can explain a major share of their acquisition behaviors, sometimes overshadowing their internal motives of economies of scale. I show that a company might opt to acquire not necessarily because it enhances its core strengths, but to defend against its significant rivals (other members constituting 'tech giants') from obtaining targets that put itself at a competitive disadvantage.
[ Snippet -- The sectors in which the tech giants made acquisitions ]
Web applications developed
Insructor on Record:
Research Associate, Capital Economic Consulting Group, Lee & Ko Law Firm
Intern, Arthur D. Little
Intern, Institutional Shareholder Service
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Oregon
M.S. in Economics, University of Oregon
M.S. in Economics, Korea University
B.A. in Business Administration, Korea University