kathryn vasilaky


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly, where I teach Econ 201 and Econ 395.

My research topics are situated in experimental and development economics, utilizing lab experiments in the field, and randomized control trials (RCT). I'm interested in how social networks and group behavior affect information sharing and technology adoption, and how this differs across gender.

My secondary work is in regularization methods that address ill-conditioned data, relevant to high dimensional problems that occur in estimating, for example, heterogenous treatment effects, or multiple splines in non-parametric statistics.

In line with my research, I believe in making stem accessible and free in an inclusive learning environments. To this end I co-organized and taught for Pyladies NYC and Girls Who Code.

I am also a co-founder of Ground Truth Data, a startup that collects granular weather data in less-developed countries to improve rainfall prediction using low cost water sensors and crowd sourced citizen input.