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Makowsky, Michael, Ph.D.

Makowsky   Assistant Professor,
   Center for Advanced Modeling,
   Department of Emergency Medicine


George Mason University, Economics (Ph.D. 2008)
Dr. Makowsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medcine and Center for Advanced Modeling.


Upon finishing his Ph.D. in economics at George Mason University, Dr. Makowsky joined the faculty at Towson University in 2008. In 2012 Dr. Makowsky joined the Hopkins faculty. His research focuses on the use of agent-based computational models and applied microeconometrics to study group formation and dynamics; social contagion, extremism, and bifurcation; increasing returns to scale; and law and regulatory enforcement.Dr. Makowsky has pursued a variety of interdisciplinary projects, publishing in peer-reviewed journals from a variety of disciplines, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Law & Economics, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Mathematical Social Science, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Research Interests
1. Social phenomena, including obesity and extreme events (agent-based computational models)
2. Political economy of regulatory enforcement (applied microeconometrics)
3. Leadership, Representation, and Corruption (laboratory experiments)
4. Antibiotic Resistance (applied microeconometrics)

Recent Publications
1.  “Emergent Extremism in a Multi-Agent Model of Religious Clubs” Economic Inquiry, April, 2012
2. “More Tickets, Fewer Accidents: How Cash Strapped Towns Make for Safer Roads” Journal of Law and Economics, 2011, Volume 54, Issue 4 (with Thomas Stratmann)
3. “Religion, Clubs, and Emergent Social Divides” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, September 2011, Volume 80, Issue 1, Pages 74-87
4. “A Theory of Liberal Churches” Mathematical Social Sciences, January 2011, Volume 61, No. 1, pages 41-51
5. “Innovation, Price Dispersion, and Emergent Increasing Returns to Scale” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2010, volume 73, pp 406-17 (with David M. Levy)

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