Zachary Kessler


Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University


Curriculum vitae


Economics


George Mason University




Zachary Kessler


Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University


Contact

Zachary Kessler


Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University


Curriculum vitae


Economics


George Mason University




About


I am a Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University and a Mercatus Ph.D. Fellow with the Mercatus Center.  The fundamental goal of my research is to properly model and simulate the institutions of societies and to understand the way they mechanistically direct aggregate behavior into predictable outcomes. I use whatever methods, mathematic, econometric, experimental, or computational, necessary to reach this end. I am particularly interested in simulation models, machine learning, agent-based modeling, network theory, computation, public policy, applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, and political economy.

My dissertation is titled "An Algorithmic Framework for Modeling Institutional Processes: Applications to Industrial Organization, Development, and Macroeconomics." My committee is chaired by Richard E. Wagner who is also joined by Robert Axtell and Garett Jones

When I am not staring into a code compiler, cleaning a multi-million observation, micro-level dataset, or reading up on the latest methods in computing, you can find me despondent as my beloved Jacksonville Jaguars lose yet another football game, watching Hamilton or some other piece of musical theatre for the thousandth time, or "enjoying" a nice run around campus.