Matthew Kovach has been named as a collegiate assistant professor in the Department of Economics, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science.

His research focuses on economic theory and behavioral economics, developing psychologically realistic models of human decision-making. Recent projects include studies that show how financial incentives influence beliefs about future events, how consumers allocate their attention, and how the existence of a reference point determines which alternatives a consumer considers.

Kovach earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2010, and master’s and doctoral degrees from California Institute of Technology, both in economics in, respectively, 2012 and 2015. Prior to arriving at Virginia Tech, Kovach was a visiting assistant professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.