David Fragoso Gonzalez is an economist interested in the fields of economics of information, political economy, and industrial organization. A native of Portugal, Fragoso Gonzalez started his study of economics at the University of Minho in Braga, where he received a licenciatura in economics (the equivalent of a B.S.) in 2005. He worked briefly in an auditing and consulting multinational firm before moving to the U.S. to enroll in the graduate program of the economics department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There, he earned his M.Sc. (2011) and Ph.D. (2013) in economics.
Fragoso Gonzalez’s main research project applies tools of microeconomic analysis, like game theory, and of the mathematical field of calculus to the study of executive compensation. He has developed a model that illustrates how, under some circumstances, companies use the compensation that they award to their executives to convey confidence about future success to financial markets. In his other current research project, Fragoso Gonzalez is employing tools of economics and mathematics to develop a theoretical study of concentration patterns in the financial audits market.
Fragoso Gonzalez will teach Introduction to International Studies (Inst 101) with Professors Wilson and Ibrahim in Fall 2016. He will also teach Calculus of Decision Making (Math 271) with Professor Buskes and Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 202).
Inst 371 seeks to introduce students to the analysis of the fundamental questions about economic globalization:
The course address these questions through the lens economic theory complemented by the analysis of current and historic case studies.
This course provides an introduction to the economist's way of thinking. You will learn how the market forces of supply and demand determine the prices of the products and services that you buy. You will study what makes markets work and what makes them fail, and you will learn about the positive and negative effects of government intervention in those markets.
But, more importantly, you will see how, by employing a few simple economic concepts (incentives, scarcity and trade-offs, specialization, and marginal effects), you can improve your understanding of the behavior of individuals, firms, and governments.