Contact Information

Aidin HajikhamenehSan Jose State University,Department of Economics 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95112Office: DMH 142

Email:    aidin.hajikhameneh<at>sjsu<dot>edu

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at San Jose State University. I am also a co-director of the Spartan Experimental Economics Lab (SEEL). My research interests are in experimental economics, behavioral economics, and economic history. In particular, my current work focuses on the effect of culture, religion, and enforcement institutions on decision-making.

You can find my CV here


"Reputation or Court: Individualism, Collectivism, and the Choice of Enforcement Mechanism in Exchange", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 217, January 2024, Pages 184-206

"God Games: An Experimental Study of Uncertainty, Superstition, and Cooperation" with Laurence Iannaccone, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 139, May 2023, Pages 88-116

"Individualism, Collectivism, and Trade" with Erik Kimbrough, Experimental Economics, Volume 22, Issue 2, June 2019, Pages 294–324  (Lead Article)

"Exchange in the Absence of Legal Enforcement: Reputation and Multilateral Punishment under Uncertainty" with Jared Rubin, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2019, Pages 192–237

Working Papers

"From Shocks to Solidarity and Superstition: Exploring the Foundations of Faith" with Laurence Iannaccone (previously circulated as  Gods and Cooperation) R&R at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

"Uncertainty, Superstition, and Endogenous Group Formation: An Intergenerational Experiment" 

"Do Individualists and Collectivists Cooperate Differently?" with Erik Kimbrough and Brock Stoddard

"Testamentary Power and Wealth Accumulation: Islamic Inheritance Law versus Primogeniture" (available upon request)

Selected Work in Progress

"Are you Lucky or Better? Inequality Acceptance under Uncertainty" (Data Collected)

"Extractive Sovereign, Property Rights, and Enforcement Mechanisms"

"Temple: An Experimental Study of the Origin of the Monetary Authority" with Justin Rietz

"Cooperation in Chaos"