Postdoctoral Research Officer
José Moran is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Mathematical Institute and the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Working at the interface of statistical physics and macroeconomics, he completed his PhD under the supervision of Jean-Philippe Bouchaud and Jean-Pierre Nadal at the Centre d'Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales and Capital Fund Management (CFM). Prior to this he graduated from the École Polytechnique and the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, where he studied applied mathematics and statistical physics.
His research has focused on what is generally known as the “small shocks, large business cycle” puzzle, namely how small idiosyncratic shocks to firms can grow into large economic fluctuations, instead of compensating each other when one looks at aggregate quantities. José also has a keen interest in numerical simulations of agent-based models, particularly memory and imitation effects in agents’ decisions, and uses tools from statistical physics to find their appropriate analytical description and solution. This combination of empirical analysis, numerical simulations and analytical techniques lies at the heart of his research.
José is also an external fellow at CFM/École Polytechnique (Chair of Econophysics and Complex Systems) in Paris, and at the Complexity Science Hub in Vienna.