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Florida State University (PhD)
Major: Political Science
Florida State University (M.S.)
Major: Political Science
University of Notre Dame (M.A.)
Major: Economics and Econometrics
Dickinson College (B.S.)
Majors: Economics and Mathematics
Academic and Professional Positions
2013 to present: Visiting Assistant Research Professor, Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL), Department of Political Science, New York University Abu Dhabi.
2008 to 2013: Graduate Assistant, Department of Political Science, Florida State University
Summer 2010: Visiting Graduate Student, CREED, University of Amsterdam
2007 to 2008: Associate Economist, Moody's | Economy.com
2006 to 2007: Research Assistant, Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Notre Dame.
"An Experimental Investigation of Lobbying Strategies" (pdf attached at bottom)
Description: As a test of traditional theories of resource allocation by lobbyists, as well as an examination of coordination and cooperation by small groups, this project reports the results of an experiment which suggests the greater relative success enjoyed by large interest groups is a result of both their own effective strategies and failures among small groups to realize potential gains from alliance formation. (under review)
(with Marcelo Tyszler) "Information and Economic Voting" (pdf attached at bottom)
Description: The connection between the economy and vote choice continues to garner interest both in the academic and popular press. A partial explanation is the inherent complexity of the political environment. To isolate the effects of economic considerations we develop a laboratory experiment that allows us to vary these considerations at three levels: the individual, community and national economy. Choices by a policymaker directly affect outcomes at each of these levels, allowing us to test for egotropic, `communotropic', and sociotropic voting, as well as examine information search. We observe significant demand for information, where little would be expected, and that demand decreases with the complexity of the environment. Moreover, information demand is positively associated with other-regarding behavior.
"A Communotropic Theory of Economic Voting" (pdf attached at bottom)
Description: This project advances a new theory of economic voting, distinguishing community level preferences from both the personal (egotropic) and national (sociotropic) levels. Using questions of perception placed on the 2010 CCES and linking survey responses to metropolitan area unemployment data, this study finds strong evidence to support the existence of preferences that are other-regarding, but locally based.
(with Sebastian Goerg and David Johnson)"`Can't Touch This!' Willingness to Keep Dirty Money" (Draft available upon request)
Description: Giving has traditionally been explained by altruism, reciprocity, or allusions to a warm glow experienced by the giver. However, giving can also be motivated by a desire to rid oneself of the endowment. This paper reports the results of a two stage experiment. In the first stage, we use non-laboratory subjects recruited from particular groups to generate a pool of money. This pool becomes the endowment for laboratory subjects in a dictator game. We find that negative affect toward the group that generated the endowment significantly increases dictator giving.
Works in Progress
"Risk Preference Elicitation When Gambling is Forbidden."
Description: Economists have long used financially incentivized choices in lotteries to elicit risk preferences from subjects in experiments. However, particularly in lab-in-the-field experiments, researchers may encounter situations where subjects refuse to participate on religious grounds or where such lotteries are illegal. This project reports the results of an experiment that presents an alternative behavioral measure for use when standard methods are impossible or unethical.
(with Rebecca Morton) "Religion, Experiments, and Ethical Concerns."
New York University Abu Dhabi
Math for Social Scientists I. Spring 2014
Z-Tree short course. Winter 2014
Florida State University
Experimental Political Science. Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Summer 2012, Fall 2012
Political Science Research Methods. Spring 2011, Spring 2012
Introduction to Public Policy. Summer 2010, Spring 2013
2014: IMEBESS, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
2013: NYU-CESS (poster), MPSA
2012: NYU-CESS (poster), APSA
2011: APSA, MPSA
2010: MPSA, University of Amsterdam-CREED, FSU-IESES (poster)
Awards, Grants, and Scholarships
2012 APSA Travel Grant
Conference Presentation Grant. "Rethinking Presidential Approval" for presentation at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 2010. Congress of Graduate Students, Florida State University. Amount: $300.
2008-2009 Florida State University New Graduate Student Scholarship. Amount: $1000
2006 CW Fink Memorial Prize in Economics, Dickinson College. Amount: $200
Benjamin Rush Scholar, Dickinson College. Amount: $48,000
Political Research Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research
Workshops and Training
Graduate Student Workshop in Experimental Economics. January 5-9, 2010. Chapman University, Orange, CA.
z-Tree Short Course. Summer 2009. Florida State University Department of Economics
Public Choice Outreach Conference. Summer 2006. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
“Protecting Human Research Participants”. Certificate of Completion. National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research. Certification Number 373311.