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Vartan Kesiz Abnousi

Ph.D. Candidate

Vartan is a Ph.D. candidate in the department who is also completing a master's degree in applied statistics. He has also completed coursework in computer science and plans to pursue a master’s in that subject as well. Vartan is currently researching the performance, statistical properties, and methodology of non/semi parametric matching estimators, and their application in eliciting the value of environmental amenities with  Dr. Klaus Moeltner. He is a member of The Econometric Society and serves as the departmental delegate in the college’s Graduate Student Council. He was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the Armenian General Benevolent Union for three consecutive years (2014 – 2016).

Vartan’s research interests include econometric methodology, spatial econometrics and automated causal inference through machine learning.

Prior to pursuing graduate work, Vartan worked in the financial industry as a quantitative analyst in portfolio construction process and risk management. 


Samory, M., Kesiz Abnousi, V., & Mitra, T. (2020). Characterizing the Social Media News Sphere through User Co-Sharing PracticesProceedings of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media14(1), 602-613. 

Kesiz Abnousi V., Karantemiris K., Doulis A.G. (2020) Agricultural Cooperatives and Acceptance of Technological Innovation. In: Krassadaki E., Baourakis G., Zopounidis C., Matsatsinis N. (eds) Operational Research in Agriculture and Tourism. Cooperative Management. Springer, Cham.