Steve Levkoff, PhD, CAP®

Steve received his B.A. in three years, with honors in Economics, from the Johns Hopkins University in 2005, pre-Med and pre-Law, with a second major in Applied Mathematics and minors in Mathematics, Entrepreneurship & Management.

Steve continued to pursue his graduate work at the 
University of California, Riverside as a prestigious Chancellor's Distinguished Fellow.  He received his M.A. in Economics only one year later in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Economics in 2011.  During his graduate studies, Steve completed enough course work to qualify himself as a triple field major in Advanced Microeconomic Theory, Advanced Macroeconomic Theory, and Environmental Economics & Resource Management, with a minor in Advanced Econometrics.

Currently, his research applies interdisciplinary techniques from operations research and productivity analysis to two problems:  The first investigates the effects of environmental regulations on energy firms that produce both good (electrical generation) and bad (residual pollution) outputs by non-parametrically estimating the best practice technologies of these firms and measuring inefficiencies associated with abatement and electrical generation.  The goal of this research is to provide a better understanding of how these types of firms optimally reallocate inputs/outputs to satisfy binding abatement constraints.  The second body of research is involved with analyzing the efficiency properties of collusion in infinitely repeated games - an experimental problem more closely related to the field of behavioral economics.  Applications of this research include the analysis of oligopoly interaction, auctions, and mechanism design, and have received government funding from the National Science Foundation.

Steve has held adjunct/visiting appointments at the University of California, Riverside in multiple departments including
EconomicsInformation Systems (in the School of Business Administration at the Anderson Graduate School of Management), and Environmental Sciences, as well as at the California State University, San Bernardino
's Economics Department.  Teaching almost a decade at the university level, he has given hundreds of lectures across a variety of more than ten distinct disciplines within the realm of economics, business, and the environment.  

Currently, Steve holds joint appointments in the Department of Economics and in the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, where he currently conducts his research and lectures in economic theory, game theory, operations research, and finance.  He also holds an appointment in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego.  In the private sector, Steve was also the Chief Economist and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Nerd Kingdom, Inc., a technology start-up based out of the Los Angeles (now Dallas) area where he consulted on games user research, analytics, and design.  He has since worked as a data science, analytics, and strategy consultant for numerous client projects and is certified by INFORMS with the designation of Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®).

In his free time, Steve enjoys practicing Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has over a decade of experience in the grappling arts.  He trains jiu jitsu at the Arena under Master Baret Yoshida and also holds a Judo black belt from the United States Judo Association under Sensei Mark Hays.  In addition, Steve is a founder, coach, and the head instructor of USD Torero Judo & Jiu Jitsu, the Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu programs at the University of San Diego.  

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