It's not my work. It's my passion.
I have always been driven by user experience or welfare; it's my passion. Whether I am developing an app or an economic model, I am focusing on how different aspects of a product would affect the consumers. For instance, how a news aggregator app, in the information age, could help users to find the "best" content much more efficently. Or how the competition among vertically integrated platforms, like Google and Apple, might harm consumers in the long-run.
During my Ph.D. studies at Toulouse School of Economics (TSE), I further investigated these questions from the economic point of view. More precisely, I studied the effect of news aggregators, like Google News and Facebook, on newspapers and consumers. I also demonstrated how the competition between vertically integrated platforms could result in a lock-in war.
While trying to understand the economic side of product development, I started working as a UX designer and a front-end developer in several projects. In that capacity, I was mostly responsible for designing and implementing the user experience. In some cases, I also managed analytics, and participated in the back-end programming.