Kai Barron

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, WZB-Berlin

Research Associate, Berlin School of Economics

I am currently a Research Fellow at the WZB-Berlin, in the Berlin School of Economics (BSE), having received my PhD from University College London and previously studied at the University of Cape Town (undergraduate). My research fields are experimental, behavioural and development economics, with a particular focus on belief formation, communication and moral behaviour.

Working Papers

"Alcohol and short-run mortality: Evidence from a modern-day prohibition" (with Debbie Bradshaw, Charles Parry, Rob Dorrington, Pam Groenewald, Ria Laubscher and Richard Matzopoulos) Draft available upon request

"Explicit and implicit belief-based gender discrimination" (with Ruth Ditlmann, Stefan Gehrig and Sebastian Schweighofer-Kodritsch)

"Discrimination, narratives and family history: An experiment with Jordanian host and Syrian refugee children" (with Heike Harmgart, Steffen Huck, Sebastian Schneider and Matthias Sutter) revise and resubmit, Review of Economics and Statistics

"Lying to appear honest"

"Everyday econometricians: Selection neglect and overoptimism when learning from others" (with Steffen Huck and Philippe Jehiel) revise and resubmit, AEJ: Micro

"Belief updating: Does the `good-news, bad-news´ asymmetry extend to purely financial domains?" Experimental Economics (forthcoming)

"Motivated motive selection in the lying-dictator game" (with Robert Stüber and Roel van Veldhuizen)

"Confidence and career choices: An experiment" (with Christina Gravert) revise and resubmit, Scandinavian Journal of Economics


"Nudging cooperation in public goods provision" (with Tuomas Nurminen) Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2020, 88, 101542 [WP]

"Behavioral response to a sudden health risk: Dengue and educational outcomes in Colombia" Journal of Development Studies, 2019, 55(4), 620-644 (with Luis F. Gamboa and Paul Rodriguez-Lesmes)

"Challenges to promoting social inclusion of the extreme poor: Evidence from a large-scale experiment in Colombia" Economia, 2016, 16(2), 89-141 (with Laura Abramovsky, Orazio Attanasio, Pedro Carneiro, and George Stoye)


Email: kaibarron[at]gmail.com

Curriculum vitae: [pdf]