My research covers areas including: Classical/Marxian political economy; computational simulation methods and agent-based computational modeling, as well as computational social science, more broadly; exploitation theory, particularly the relationship between exploitation and income and wealth inequality; the history of economic thought; and macroeconomics with a focus on growth, distribution, and climate change.
The general focus of my work in Classical/Marxian political economy is on themes in value theory and theories of exploitation and class, with a particular interest in the application of computational simulation methods to these topics. I am currently collaborating with Roberto Veneziani and Naoki Yoshihara on a project employing a computational simulation approach to study the dynamics of exploitation and class, as well as income and wealth inequality, in accumulating economies.
In addition to this collaboration, I work on the Classical/Marxian theory of value and its applications to contemporary questions in political economy. I have recently finished a co-authored book titled Value, Competition and Exploitation: Marx's Legacy Revisited, which applies modern tools of economic analysis to the Classical/Marxian tradition and argues that Marx's theory of value remains a valuable tool in understanding the structure and dynamics of capitalist economies. My other research along these lines is mostly organized around an agent-based computational approach to the labor theory of value, and studying the intellectual roots of the long-period method and the Classical/Marxian theory of labor mobility.
I also study the labor theory of value, and theories of value in general, in the history of economic thought. My current project in the history of economic ideas focuses on the history of economic theory, especially general equilibrium, from the 1960s onward. The specific focus of this project is a historical account of the development of the concept of "the core" in economics, its impact on developments in economic theory throughout the 1960s and 70s, and its eventual decline. Due to the core's origin in cooperative game theory, this project also touches on the history of game theory in economics.
Lastly, I have recently started to work with Philip Garnett, Craig McMahon, and Simon Mollan on a project on the organizational history of the Federal Advisory Council (FAC) in the Federal Reserve System. This project leverages a large dataset on FAC membership and related bank characteristics and computational data analyses to study the complex organizational structure of the Federal Advisory Council.