My research is motivated by solving problems that matter the most to the welfare and prosperity of current and future generations, particularly in the agriculture and food sector. As an applied economist, my research targets studying market inefficiencies, using microeconomic and industrial organization theories and quantitative methods. Broadly speaking, my research usually falls within the domains of economics of competition, economics of innovation, and interactions of the two. Since I am fascinated by economic agents' strategic bahaviour, I often find myself looking at issues in these fields from the perspective of economics of strategy:
- How does the sequential and cumulative nature of innovation impact pricing behaviour of firms?
- How are the economic incentives for anticompetitive behaviour different at firm level and at ownership level? What are horizontal shareholders incentives for anticompetitive behaviour? Is there any natural mechanism to stop them from engaging in such a behaviour?
- Why is negative marketing becoming more popular in the food sector? How does this impact competition?
- How do railways maximize profit under regulations and capacity constraint?
These are the type of questions that I try to tackle in my research. More specifically, I have been involved in research in the following areas:
- Institutional Investment and Common Ownership in Agricultural and Food Markets;
- Economics of Innovation in Agricultural Input Industries;
- Impact of Negative Marketing on Preferences and Competition;
- Grain Transportation and Handling in Canada.
- 2014 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teacher Award;
- 2015/16 Sask Wheat Pool President’s Fellowship in Agri-Business;
- University of Saskatchewan 2012-13 Teacher Scholar Doctoral Fellowship;
- Canadian Wheat Board Graduate Fellowship Award 2011-12;