I am a microeconomist interested in mechanism and market design, contract theory, healthcare economics and applied ethics.

This Summer I am enjoying the last months of my Ph.D. studies in Managerial Economics and Strategy at Kellogg School of Management, under Luis Rayo and Jim Schummer’s advising. I will be joining El Colegio de Mexico A.C. (a.k.a. Colmex) as an Assistant Professor by the end of August 2021.

edwin@edwinmunoz.net

Work in progress

Medical treatment, market structure and competition for organs

with James Schummer

Dynamic discrete choice in liver transplantation

with Brett Gordon and Nitin Katariya, M.D.

Working Papers

In the allocation of livers and hearts, the U.S. transplantation authority has faced a pervasive problem of asymmetric information about patients’ medical urgency. At the same time, there is longstanding controversy on the ethical principles for allocating organs. I investigate the optimal design of prioritization rules under different social welfare functions while taking patients’ incentives to misrepresent medical needs into account. Building on the theory of dynamic contracting, I deliver a way of incentivizing truth-telling and offer a novel perspective on the medical ethics debate. 

Strategic timing of reports in the U.S. market for livers: empirical evidence and welfare implications

with Brett Gordon and Nitin Katariya, M.D.

We study the strategic behavior of U.S. transplant centers regarding the timing of reports of medical urgency with the aim of maximizing the probability of a patient getting an organ. We document different aspects of this strategic behavior, estimate their welfare consequences and evaluate policy proposals to address the issue.

with Daniel Martin

We study the link between misperception of payoff generating rules and play of dominant strategies in the BDM mechanism. Using a rational inattention framework, we show that a decrease in the cost of processing information increases the frequency of play of dominant strategies. In an experimental setting, we study the impact of framing payoffs contingency by-contingency, and find that this frame substantially reduces choice mistakes relative to a standard frame. The treatment effect is comparable to the impact of learning with feedback.

Work is love made visible

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