Christoph Walsh

I am a PhD candidate in Economics at Boston University. My research interests are in Industrial Organization and Development Economics.





B16 264 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215
A pdf version of my CV is available here

Contact Information





B16 264 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215

Education

  • PhD Economics, Boston University
    Expected 2018
  • MSc. Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 2012
    Distinction
  • BA in Business and Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 2011
    First Class Honors and Gold Medal

Work Experience

  • Research Assistant for Juan Ortner, Boston University, Boston MA (May 2015-Present)
  • Research Assistant for Lesley Chiou, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA (Summer 2014)
  • Research Assistant at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland (Summer 2011)

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer at Boston University
    Intermediate Microeconomics, Summer Term 2016
  • Teaching Fellow at Boston University
    Principles of Microeconomics, Fall 2013-Spring 2015
  • Teaching Assistant at Trinity College Dublin
    Teaching Assistant for Mathematics and Statistics, Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Rewards and Scholarships

Conferences

  • 15th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference, Boston (April, 2017)
  • 2017 ASSA Annual Meeting, Chicago (January, 2017)

Other

Languages: English (Native), German, Irish
Software: R, Python, C, Bash, LaTeX, Stata
Nationality: Irish with F1 Visa
My research interests are in Industrial Organization and Development Economics. In particular, my research focuses on the dynamics and strategic interaction of firms' entry and location choices in developing countries.

Work in Progress

  • Liberalizing the Airwaves in Ghana: A Dynamic Model of Radio Station Competition
    Abstract:
    Ghana liberalized its radio broadcasting sector in 1992 to allow the entry of commercial stations, where previously the state had a monopoly. I consider the role of the broadcasting regulator in affecting commercial stations' decisions to enter and the resulting effects of coverage spillovers in rural areas. Using entry data of all radio stations, I estimate their coverage areas to construct a dataset of which stations are available at every point in the country. I estimate a dynamic model of entry for commercial stations who face competition from commercial and public stations, measured by the overlaps of the stations' coverage areas. The model incorporates spillovers across the country through the network of overlapping coverage areas. To study the effects of radio, I exploit random variation in coverage caused by coverage spilling through gaps in mountainous areas. With this, I estimate the effect of coverage on night lights using a geographic regression discontinuity. I also combine the radio coverage data with Demographic Health Survey data to explore the effect of radio entry on mosquito bed net usage, as malaria is the leading cause of mortality in Ghana. I then use the structural model to evaluate the effects of alternative regulations on transmitter strengths and broadcasting fees on entry in rural areas, which would increase the positive externalities of radio.

Previous Teaching

EC201: Intermediate Microeconomics
Boston University, Summer II 2016
Syllabus
Course webpage


Teaching Fellow for Principles of Microeconomics
Boston University, Fall 2013-Spring 2015


Teaching Assistant for Mathematics and Statistics
Trinity College Dublin, Fall 2011-Spring 2012