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A little about me:

I am an associate professor at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the department of Risk and Insurance. I am an applied microeconomist specializing in behavioral economics. My interests are wide-ranging and eclectic and include the study of risk aversion and insurance choices, discrimination, and issues surrounding self-control and commitment.

Here is a link to my CV [pdf].

Here is my google scholar page.

Published and Forthcoming Papers

  1. The Limits of Simple Implementation Intensions: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Making Plans to Exercise, with Mariana Carrera, Heather Royer, Mark Stehr and Dmitry Taubinsky, Journal of Health Economics, forthcoming.
  2. Can Financial Incentives Help People Trying to Establish New Habits? Experimental Evidence with New Gym Members, with Mariana Carrera, Heather Royer and Mark Stehr, Journal of Health Economics, Vol 58, 202-214, 2018.
  3. The Questionable Value of Having a Choice of Levels of Health Insurance Coverage with Keith Marzilli Ericson, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 31:4, 51-72, 2017.
  4. Choose to Lose: Health Plan Choices from a Menu with Dominated Options with Saurabh Bhargava and George Loewenstein, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol 132:3, 1319-1372, 2017.
    • Circulated previously under the titles "Do individuals make sensible health insurance decisions? Evidence from a menu with dominated options" and "Evaluating Health Insurance Decisions: Health Plan Choices from a Menu with Dominated Options"
  5. Incentives for Loan Repayments: Evidence from a Randomized Field Study with J. Michael Collins and Leah Gjertson, Journal of Consumer Affairs, doi:10.1111/joca.12142, 2017.
  6. The Effects of Savings on Risk Attitudes and Intertemporal Choices with Leandro Carvalho and Silvia Prina, Journal of Development Economics, Vol 120, 41-52, 2016.
  7. Bid Takers or Market Makers? The Effect of Auctioneers on Auction Outcomes with Nicola Lacetera, Bradley Larsen, and Devin Pope, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Vol 8:4, 195-229, 2016.
  8. The Role of Pregnancy in Micro Health Insurance: Evidence of Adverse Selection from Pakistan with Yi (Kitty) Yao and Joan Schmit, Journal of Risk and Insurance, doi:10.1111/jori.12131, 2015.
  9. Behavioral Economics: Economics as a Psychological Discipline with Devin Pope, in the Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Judgement and Decision Making (eds G. Keren and G. Wu), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
  10. Focal Points and Bargaining in Housing Markets with Devin Pope and Jaren Pope, Games and Economic Behavior, Vol 93, 89-107, 2015.
  11. Incentives and Commitments for Exercise: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Workers at a Fortune 500 Company with Heather Royer and Mark Stehr, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Vol 7:3, 51-84, 2015.
  12. Would You Buy a Honda Made in the U.S.? The Impact of Production Location on Manufacturing Quality with Nico Lacetera. Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol 97:4, 855-876, 2015.
  13. Estimating the Effect of Salience in Wholesale and Retail Car Markets with Megan Busse, Nico Lacetera, Devin Pope and Jorge Silva-Risso, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, Vol 103:3, 575-579, 2013.
  14. Heuristic Thinking and Limited Attention in the Car Market with Nico Lacetera and Devin Pope, American Economic Review, Vol 102:5, pp 2206-36, 2012.
  15. Implementing Anti-Discrimination Policies in Statistical Profiling Models with Devin Pope, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol 3:3, pp 206-31, 2011
  16. What's in a Picture? Evidence of Discrimination from Prosper.com with Devin Pope, Journal of Human Resources. Vol 46:1 pg 53-92, 2011.
  17. Digit Ratios (2D:4D) as Predictors of Risky Decision Making with Robert Slonim and Ellen Garbarino, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Vol 42:1, pg 1-26, Feb 2011. Here is a link to the supplementary materials for the paper.
  18. Geographic Variation in the Differences in Test Scores with Devin Pope, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol 24:2 Spring 2010.
  19. (Over)Insuring Modest Risks, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. Vol 2:4 pg 177-199 Oct. 2010.

Working Papers

  1. The Structure of Health Incentives: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Mariana Carrera, Heather Royer and Mark Stehr, NBER Working Paper 23188, 2017 [Revise & Resubmit Management Science]
  2. Liquidity Constraints and the Value of Insurance with Keith M. Ericson, NBER Working paper 24993, 2018
  3. Dominated Options in Health-Insurance Plans, with Chenyuan Liu, NBER Working Paper 24392, 2018
  4. Time to Repay or Time to Delay? The Effect of Having More Time Before a Payday Loan is Due with Susan Carter, Kuan Liu and Paige Skiba
  5. Simplifying Health Insurance with Consequence Graphs. with Anya Samek [Draft Coming Soon]