Write a little about yourself. Just a paragraph will do.
I recently had moved to Pittsburgh for an Economics faculty
position at Carnegie Mellon (and before that was in Chicago, SF and
Boston). In my old-age pragmatism, I thought I'd give online dating
I think my friends would describe me as thoughtful, sincere,
irreverent, playful and maybe a bit eccentric. I feel I'm at my
best around people who are passionate about ideas, comfortable in
their skin, and who are emotionally and socially curious. I really
like learning from others (and in more recent years, teaching
students who genuinely care about a topic).
My favorite two people in the world are probably my little nephews
(who excitingly just recently moved from London to Seattle)--
though my baby niece is surging up the ranks. All three are very
cute, and my nephews are scarily observant little guys with a
deceptive knack for Uno. Bono is somewhere in my top ten.
Admittedly, I watch way too much television. Mainly reality shows
(all 27 seasons of Survivor, love SYTYCD) and sports (with strong
loyalties to my Vikings, but also many hours of NBA, golf, grand
slam tennis - hoping that poor Fed can capture at least 1 more slam
before his racket must be hung), unless its a campaign year (which
arguably is a lavishly funded 2 year reality show...). However, I'm
not averse to the quality scripted drama or comedy (e.g., Modern
Family, The Tudors, Rome -- the Wire, Breaking Bad and early West
Wing are on the docket, and are being saved for some future
I have an insatiable appetite for movies (and movie critique).
Chris Nolan, Sam Mendes, David Fincher, PTA and well, Spielberg are
current (living) favorites. I've been battling a lip balm addiction
for 15 years, and a caffeine addiction for five years (I have 4
espresso machines in different locations). I'm curious why people
do the things they do, and i feel lucky that i get to study that
for a living.
What I’m doing with my life
Don’t overthink this one; tell us what you’re doing day-to-day.
I research (and teach) behavioral economics and decision-making.
Essentially I use field experiments and lots and lots of data to
document "mistakes" that people tend to make in important decisions
(like financial choice, food choice, health behavior, educational
decisions... and, most important among these obviously, dating!)
and to try to test ways to improve such choices.
Recently I also started working on a series of projects on
happiness and emotional well-being, and the factors that contribute
(and don't contribute) to it. Last two papers were on gender
differences in love, and whether kids lead to parental happiness --
standard topics for any economist...
My only "real" job was a short stint in consulting at mckinsey
after undergrad. Unfortunately, I was too young/shy at the time to
take full advantage of the all open tabs and jet-setting : )
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
Naps of a dazzlingly wide variety of lengths.
The first things people usually notice about me
I’m an empty essay… fill me out!
I am applying Chapstick (again). And I ask a lot of (sometimes
irreverent) questions. And I've been told I wear subdued hues.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
2. U2 and music more generally
3. Email, ESPN, Politico, the Atlantic, New Republic, Arts &
Letters Daily, Oscar blogs, psych and econ blogs, and many other
5. Food - Shelter - Water - Movies
6. Other Humans
7. Autonomy (and freedom from numerical rules...)
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
Papers, experiments, politics, sleep, and the NFL draft.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
Ideally out with friends having a drink and good conversation, but
sometimes at home working, with a glass of wine, and maybe a movie
(or certainly music) in the background.
You should message me if
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I'm looking for someone kind, empathic, bright, occasionally
self-scrutinizing and always curious, and who doesn't take
themselves or the world (or me) too seriously. Someone who likes
Totinos, indulges the possibility of the paranormal, excludes Chris
Matthews in any indictment of political journalism, appreciates
counterfactuals, loves U2, even post Achtung, believes in social
justice, has seen at least 21 seasons of Survivor (or, even better,
participated on a season), and can play tennis is a plus.
Someone who's content having dinner/drinks with friends and likes
my lasagna, fajitas and very spicy chicken curry, probably works
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