Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the College
Kirill Ponomarev is a theoretical econometrician working at the intersection of econometrics, industrial organization, and microeconomic theory. He uses statistical tools and economic thinking to develop methods for quantifying and testing economic theories with the available data. He is especially interested in models that involve strategic interactions between individuals or firms, such as market entry, peer effects, and network formation models, and auctions. In the empirical analysis of such settings, researchers sometimes use restrictive assumptions, which cannot be tested or motivated by economic theory, to obtain informative conclusions. Ponomarev’s work aims to develop econometric methods that relax or eliminate such assumptions, remain sufficiently informative, have desirable statistical properties, and allow for practical implementation.
He received his BS degree in economics summa cum laude from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, where he majored in mathematical economics. He obtained his PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.