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Umy is a Behavioral Science PhD student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to joining Booth, he worked with Dr. Matt Lowe at Vancouver School of Economics and with Dr. Steven Heine, Dr. Azim Shariff, and Dr. Kristin Laurin at the University of British Columbia's Department of Psychology, and with Dr. Alvaro Parra at the UBC Sauder School of Business. In his spare time, Umy enjoys playing chess and music production.

Research Interests

Umy's behavioral science research can be grouped into two goals:

1. Mapping out cultural variation exhibited by people living under different institutional structures
2. Finding out how efficiently anti-poverty policies affect populations with different cultures

By bringing in insights from cultural psychology, he aims to inform the better design of tailored anti-poverty policies.