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Florida State University (PhD)
Discipline: Political Science
Fields: American Politics and Public Policy
Research Areas: experimental methods, economic voting, and other-regarding behavior
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
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." (chapter in edited volume, pdf attached at bottom)
(with Sebastian Goerg and David Johnson)"`Can't Touch This!' Willingness to Keep Dirty Money" (R&R at Economic Inquiry, pdf attached at bottom)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)
"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.
"Perceptions of Local Economic Conditions" (pdf attached at bottom)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)
"Other People's Money: Warm Glow and Risk Preferences" (pdf attached at bottom)
Description: Rational choice explanations for altruism often propose that individuals derive utility in the form of a warm glow for engaging in other-regarding behavior. If this is true, then risk preferences should extend to the warm glow. 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 survey measures and with measures incentivized by charitable contributions. This project also provides a behavioral means by which to measure risk preferences, in populations where gambling is forbidden.
"Why we Don't Like Deception" (pdf attached at bottom)
Description: In this invited chapter, I lay out the case against using deception in experiments in almost all cases. I then go on to offer a set of five standards that researchers should use in determining whether or not the use of deception is acceptable.
Works in Progress"Voting with uncertainty over ability to cast a ballot"
(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) "Machiavelli or Robin Hood? The Effect of Cheating on Altruism in Gift Exchange."
(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
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
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
2013: NYU-CESS, MPSA
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
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.