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Educational Background

Florida State University (PhD)
Discipline: Political Science
Fields: American Politics and Public Policy
Research Areas: experimental methods, economic voting, and other-regarding behavior
May 2013

Florida State University (M.S.)
Discipline: Political Science

University of Notre Dame (M.A.)
Discipline: Economics and Econometrics

Dickinson College (B.S.)
Majors: Economics and Mathematics
Minor: German

Academic and Professional Positions

2013 to present: Visiting Assistant Research Professor, Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL), New York University Abu Dhabi.
                         - 2014: Acting Director, Social Science Experimental Laboratory (SSEL)

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.


Rogers, Jonathan. 2014. "A Communotropic Theory of Economic Voting". Electoral Studies. 36: 107-116. (Paper)

Rogers, Jonathan. 2014. "On the Replication of Experiments in Teaching and Training." The Political Methodologist. 22(1). (Paper)

Morton, Rebecca and Jonathan Rogers. (forthcoming).
"Religion, Experiments, and Ethical Concerns." in Ethics and Experiments: Problems and Solutions for Social Scientists and Policy Professionals, ed. Scott Desposato. Routledge.(Paper)

Working Papers

*Job Market Paper*: "Other People's Money: Warm Glow and Risk Preferences" (Job Market Paper)

Description: As researchers take laboratory experiments to the field in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries, they may find that standard experimental protocols are culturally unacceptable or legally prohibited.  For instance, incentivized risk preference measures that are routine in economic experiments can be interpreted as gambling, which is forbidden in Islam.  However, if subjects derive "warm glow" utility from engaging in other-regarding behavior, then this warm glow should extend to risk preferences.  That is, even in the absence of direct personal stakes, if real gain and loss will be borne by others, warm glow will lead subjects to behave in a manner consistent with their preferences over risk for private consumption.  This study examines how directly incentivized risk elicitation mechanisms correlate with measures incentivized by charitable contributions and provides a behavioral means by which to measure risk preferences, in populations where gambling is forbidden. (under review)

(with Sebastian Goerg and David Johnson)"`Can't Touch This!' Willingness to Keep Dirty Money"  (R&R at Economic Inquiry) (Paper)

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. (under review)

"Perceptions of Local Economic Conditions" (Paper)

Description: In previous work, I have demonstrated that a respondent's evaluations of local economic conditions affects her approval of federal and state officials.  This project takes the next logical step and seeks to determine the underpinnings of local evaluations.  I find that how a respondent views her community is influenced by the local unemployment rate, but also by demographics and political attitudes.  In particular, controlling for objective local conditions, affiliation with the Tea Party movement strongly predicts a negative evaluation of the local economy. (under review)

(with Marcelo Tyszler) "Information and Economic Voting" (Paper)
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.
(under review)

(with David Johnson) "Machiavelli or Robin Hood?  The Effect of Cheating on Altruism in Gift Exchange." (Paper)

Description: When people cheat, many feel guilty and engage in moral cleansing so that they can continue to see themselves as being good people.  Others cheat, see themselves as being more savvy than their peers for having done so, and feel no guilt.  In a two stage experiment, we have three results.  (1) That although subjects cheat, they tend not to cheat as much as they could.  (2)  On average, cheaters increase giving in dictator games, to compensate for having cheated.  (3) Those who do cheat maximally however, give less than they would have if cheating was not possible. (under review)

"A False Tale Often Betrays Itself: Deception in Social Science Experiments" (Paper)

Description: The various social sciences take very different stances on deception in experiments.  Economists by and large prohibit the practice, while psychologists see it as necessary to study difficult topics.  As political scientists are increasingly interested in running field and lab-in-the-field studies, it is important to note the pitfalls of deception and the harms it can cause to subjects, enumerators, and third parties.  I go on to provide practical advice to researchers on what constitutes unacceptable deception and how it can be avoided. (under review)

 "An Experimental Investigation of Lobbying Strategies" (Paper)

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.

Works in Progress

"Voting with uncertainty over ability to cast a ballot"

(with Pablo Hernández-Lagos) "Voter turnout after rule changes"

(with Rebecca Morton, Eleonora Patacchini, and Paolo Pin) "Siena Voting Experiment"

(with Daniel Mueller) "A Seat at the Table, but no Piece of the Pie: Representation Quotas and Bargaining Outcomes"

(with Rebecca Morton and Francesco Squintani) "Deliberation, Cohesion, and Leadership Selection"

(with David Johnson) "Cheating and Sabotage in Promotion Tournaments"


New York University Abu Dhabi
Math for Social Scientists I. Spring 2014
Math for Social Scientists II. Spring 2015
Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Summer 2015
Z-Tree Workshop Series. Winter, Spring, Fall 2014, Winter 2015

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

Selected Presentations

2015: NYUAD Annual Research Conference; IMEBESS, Institute for Advanced Study at Toulouse (Toulouse School of Economics)

2014: IMEBESS, Nuffield College, University of Oxford; ASQPS, University of Sydney


2012: NYU-CESS, APSA (conference cancelled-hurricane)

2011: APSA, MPSA

2010: MPSA, University of Amsterdam-CREED, FSU-IESES

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, Electoral Studies, Journal of Experimental Political Science, American Politics Research, Scandinavian Political Studies

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.