Korok is an Associate Professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University, and Director of the Mays Innovation Research Center.
Korok’s core area of research is performance measurement: the study of incentives, risk/reward, and compensation for human performance. His research seeks to create economic models of human behavior and to design incentive systems to achieve better outcomes for all. His tools are economic theory, data science, and artificial intelligence.
Korok founded the Mays Innovation Research Center, an interdisciplinary center at Texas A&M dedicated to the study of innovation. It seeks to understand the true nature of innovation: how it works, when it fails, the obstacles to and pre-conditions for innovation, and how innovation benefits society. The Center supports faculty research, engages students, hosts events, and distributes this knowledge broadly to the campus, scholars, policymakers, managers, and the public.
Korok earned a BS in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. He has taught at the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, as well as Texas A&M University. He also served on the Council of Economic Advisers of the White House from 2007 to 2009 during the historic financial crisis.