Gerelt Tserenjigmid has been named as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, part of the College of Science at Virginia Tech.

Tserenjigmid earned his bachelor of arts from the University of Tokyo in 2011 and master’s and doctoral degrees from the California Institute of Technology in 2013 and 2016, respectively, all in economics.

His research involves microeconomic theory, decision theory, behavioral economics, and game theory. He is interested in the foundations of behavioral economics and using decision theoretic tools to understand connections between well-documented behavioral phenomena and common features of preferences in economics and psychology, including the reasons why people are more risk averse after receiving bad news than good news. 

Tserenjigmid is one of 18 tenured and tenure-track faculty members to join the College of Science and its affiliated programs this year.

The college is made up of eight departments, including biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics, in addition to the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience, and the Academy of Integrated Science. The academy includes programs in nanoscience, computational modeling and data analytics, systems biology, the Integrated Science Curriculum, and the science, technology, and law minor.

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