Recent Research Interests

My research field is family economics and gender. Specifically, I have studied intra-household bargaining and its consequences on the household decision outcomes such as the quantity and quality of children. The traditional economic analyses have assumed that a household corresponds to one person, or as if one family member decides everything on the household’s choices. However, in reality, more than one person can exist in the household, and they are likely to participate in making the decisions as a household. Therefore, I studied how these complications of the decision process can affect existing studies on markets and public policies.

Moreover, I am currently planning to explore the issues of family formations. Given the changes in the structures and functions of families, I would like to advance the understanding of the relation between the role of family and the market outcomes, incorporating the knowledge of related other fields such as law, sociology, and psychology.