Zachary Kessler


Postdoctoral Research Associate


Curriculum vitae



Policy Modeling, Public Policy Programme


Alan Turing Institute



Zachary Kessler


Postdoctoral Research Associate


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Zachary Kessler


Postdoctoral Research Associate


Curriculum vitae



Policy Modeling, Public Policy Programme


Alan Turing Institute




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I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute in the Public Policy Programme and member of their policy modeling group. Here I do research pertaining to inequality on a number of margins but with particular interest in labor markets and housing affordability. To study these areas, I utilize a variety of computational and statistical methods including machine learning, agent-based modeling, non-convex optimization methods, reinforcement learning, as well as other econometric and data science techniques. 

My Ph.D. is in economics from George Mason University where I studied under Richard Wager, Robert Axtell, and Garett Jones. My dissertation, An Algorithmic Framework for Modeling Institutional Processes, focused on developing methodologies to formalize our analysis of institutions by transforming them into analogous algorithms. This process then novelly allowed for statements on both the effectiveness and efficiency of said institutions. I applied this approach labor markets with high levels of complementarity between workers, HOA governance in neighbourhoods, and  central bank structures.
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