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I completed my PhD at the University of Western Ontario in the summer of 2013. From September 2013 to June 2018, I conducted postdoctoral research at the ESEI Centre for Market Design at the University of Zürich in Switzerland and the AGORA Centre for Market Design at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research is focused on mechanism design with an emphasis on its applications to market design. Mechanism design develops the rules or institutions needed to implement a given objective in theory. Market design uses this theory, as well as tools from operations research, computer science and economic experiments, to engineer (i.e. test and build) real-world implementations; for example, auctions to sell radio spectrum licenses to firms.
My research aims:
To improve the practical relevance of mechanism design, for example, by developing tools to deal with complex incentive compatibility constraints; and
To study specific and practical design problems.
Awards and Achievements
TM Brown Thesis Prize, for the best thesis in Economics at the University of Western Ontario, 2013
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canadian Graduate Scholarship (Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS), Doctoral, 2008-2011
Bedard, Nicholas C. “The strategically ignorant principal.” Games and Economic Behaviour. (2017)
Bedard, Nicholas C. “Contracts in informed-principal problems with moral hazard.” Economic Theory Bulletin. (2017)