PhD Candidate, Department of Economics

Egor Starkov

Contact Information

Department of Economics
Northwestern University
2211 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208

Phone: 224-619-2917


Ph.D. in Economics, Northwestern University, 2019 (expected)
M.A. in Economics, Northwestern University, 2015
M.A. in Economics (cum laude), New Economic School, 2013
B.A. in Economics, Higher School of Economics, 2011

Primary Fields of Specialization

Microeconomic Theory, Economics of Information

Secondary Fields of Specialization

Behavioral Economics, Economics of Media and Internet

Curriculum Vitae

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Job Market Paper

“Bad News Turned Good: Reversal Under Censorship” (with Aleksei Smirnov)

Download Job Market Paper (PDF)

Sellers often have the power to censor the reviews of their products. We explore the effect of these censorship policies in markets where some consumers are unaware of possible censorship. We find that if the share of such “naive” consumers is not too large, then rational consumers treat any bad review that is revealed in equilibrium as good news about product quality. This makes bad reviews worth revealing and allows the seller to use them as a costly signal of his product’s quality to rational consumers.

Other Research Papers

“Experts, Quacks and Fortune-Tellers: Dynamic Cheap Talk with Career Concerns” (with Aleksei Smirnov) (PDF)

The paper studies a dynamic communication game in the presence of adverse selection and career concerns. An expert of privately known competence, who cares about his reputation, chooses the timing of his forecast regarding the outcome of some future event. We find that in all equilibria in a sufficiently general class earlier reports are more credible. Further, any report hurts the expert’s reputation in the short run, with later reports incurring larger penalties. Reputation of a silent expert, on the other hand, gradually improves over time.


Prof. Jeffrey C. Ely (Committee Chair)
Prof. Yingni Guo
Prof. Wojciech Olszewski