With Honors!!!

I am glad to announce my dissertation proposal was presented on December 1st 2017 and approved with Honors!!! A special thanks to my advisor, Dr. Tarun Sabarwal, as well as to my amazing committee members: Dr. David Slusky, Dr. Paul Johnson, Dr. José Azar and Dr. Jianbo Zhang! My dissertation will be looking at some … Continue reading With Honors!!!

Juan Manuel Santos (Nobel Laureate) at KU

Hoje tive a oportunidade de conhecer presidente Juan Manuel Santos da Colômbia. Ele formou em Economia e Administração na KU. Graças a seu sucesso em trazer paz para Colômbia e fazer tratados de cessar-fogo com as FARCs ele recebeu o prêmio Nobel da paz em 2016. Hoje ele recebeu um doutorado honorário da KU. Seu … Continue reading Juan Manuel Santos (Nobel Laureate) at KU

Missouri Valley Economic Association Conference 2017

I have just presented my paper Incorporating Cost Efficiencies into Upward Pricing Pressure at the Missouri Valley Economic Association Conference 2017. I received some wonderful feedback and constructive criticism. A special thanks to Prof. Jannett Highfill from Bradley University for her insightful comments. Next presentation will be on November 8th in which I will offer a seminar at The … Continue reading Missouri Valley Economic Association Conference 2017

Women in Statistics and Data Sciences

This past week I had the opportunity to join some of the finest women in the world in a conference organized by the American Statistical Association. I presented my paper "Cross-Market Unilateral Effects of Mergers on Multimarket Oligopolies" and received some valuable feedback and encouragement from attendees. I can't wait to get back to work … Continue reading Women in Statistics and Data Sciences

Should Antitrust Agencies be Concerned about Limit Pricing?

Limit Pricing is a fascinating yet widely unexplored concept in economics classes. When teaching our students about how monopolists and/or firms with market power make their decision regarding output and prices, it usually follows a simple premise - firms choose the level of output to maximize profits, which occurs where marginal revenue equals marginal cost, … Continue reading Should Antitrust Agencies be Concerned about Limit Pricing?

An Evening of International Music

Last Saturday, September 30th, I had the opportunity to share a little bit of my Brazilian Culture at the University of Kansas. Phi Beta Delta hosted this wonderful concert in which students from many nationalities shared music and/or dance from their heritage. I took the chance to introduce and share this history behind the history … Continue reading An Evening of International Music


First clarification I want to make is the understanding that this post isn’t about whether firms should or not maximize profit – which can just as well be the theme for another post. Most Micro and Macroeconomic Theory start from the premise that each firm seeks to maximize profit, which is intuitively sound and can … Continue reading DO FIRMS MAXIMIZE PROFITS?

Using Kahoot in the Classroom

Getting students engaged in the classroom is no easy task. We live on an overly stimulated society with probably the shortest attention span in decades. I have found that creating a dynamic experience for the classroom is the best way to keep students on their toes. Most of us are familiar with the learning pyramid … Continue reading Using Kahoot in the Classroom


This may sound to you like a pretty philosophical question, but I would like to go mathematical for a minute (bear with me)…then yeah, let’s get philosophical (because observation can only take you so far…let us reason through it too). Any intro to statistics or probability courses will start with a coin being thrown up in … Continue reading IS THE WORLD RANDOM?

Was Math discovered or created?

This question has roots more deep than our reason can comprehend. Ultimately, it gets to the question of existence itself. Many philoshophers and scientists have battled with that very same question mark: How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the … Continue reading Was Math discovered or created?