Francisco Castro

I'm an assistant professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management. My work focuses on the operations and design of markets with emphasis on their spatial and incentive aspects. I'm particularly interested in the design of optimal pricing policies and contracts that can be used in digital marketplaces such as ride-hailing platforms and ad exchanges.

Research Interests

  • Revenue Management
  • Operations Management
  • Market Design
  • Mechanism Design
  • Pricing
  • Auctions
  • Ride-hailing platforms

Papers

Dynamic Pricing and Matching for Two-Sided Markets with Strategic Servers. [Link]

  • with Sushil Mahavir Varma and Siva Theja Maguluri
  • Conference Version: ACM SIGMETRICS 2021 (to appear).

Matching Queues, Flexibility and Incentives. [Link]

  • with Peter Frazier, Hongyao Ma, Hamid Nazerzadeh and Chiwei Yan
  • Under review

Matching Queues with Reneging: a Product Form Solution. [Link]

  • with Hamid Nazerzadeh and Chiwei Yan
  • Queueing Systems

The Scope of Sequential Screening with Ex-post Participation Constraints. [Link]

  • with Dirk Bergemann and Gabriel Weintraub
  • Conference Version: Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC), Cambridge, MA, 2017.
  • Journal of Economic Theory

Spatial Capacity Planning. [Link]

  • with Omar Besbes and Ilan Lobel
  • Conference Version: Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Economics and Computation (EC), Phoenix, AZ, 2019.
  • forthcoming, Operations Research

Optimal Timing of a Multi-Stage Project Under Market Uncertainty. [Link]

  • with René Caldentey, Rafael Epstein and Denis Sauré
  • Working paper

Fellowships and Awards

  • Deming Doctoral Research Fellowship, The W. Edwards Deming Center, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, 2018
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, 2014–2019
  • Outstanding Student Award, School of Engineering Sciences, Universidad de Chile, 2008, and 2012. Award conferred to the best 10 % students of every year

Contact Me

You can reach me at: francisco.castro At anderson.ucla.edu