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The Department of Economics has over 20 permanent faculty members, with research and teaching interests that span a broad range of areas within micro- and macroeconomics, and the evaluation of public policy. Building on strengths in econometrics (Bayesian and classical), public choice, and empirical microeconomics particularly in transportation, energy, industrial organization, labor, and urban development, the Department offers both a B.A. degree program and a Ph.D. degree program. These web pages provide more information about those programs, the faculty and the Department's research activities.

Department of Economics

There are 158 publications in this collection, published between 2004 and 2021.
Open Access Policy Deposits (147)

Conducting large, repeated, multi-game economic experiments using mobile platforms.

We demonstrate the possibility of conducting synchronous, repeated, multi-game economic decision-making experiments with hundreds of subjects in-person or remotely with live streaming using entirely mobile platforms. Our experiment provides important proof-of-concept that such experiments are not only possible, but yield recognizable results as well as new insights, blurring the line between laboratory and field experiments. Specifically, our findings from 8 different experimental economics games and tasks replicate existing results from traditional laboratory experiments despite the fact that subjects play those games/task in a specific order and regardless of whether the experiment was conducted in person or remotely. We further leverage our large subject population to study the effect of large (N = 100) versus small (N = 10) group sizes on behavior in three of the scalable games that we study. While our results are largely consistent with existing findings for small groups, increases in group size are shown to matter for the robustness of those findings.

Parental Income and Children's Life Course: Lessons from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.

This article reviews how the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) has contributed to our understanding of the links between childhood economic conditions- in particular, the household incomes with very young children-and the economic attainment and health of those children when they reach adulthood. From its beginning, the PSID has provided data useful for addressing intergenerational questions. In the mid-1990s, PSID data supported a series of studies that link early childhood income to early adult attainments, particularly to completed schooling. At the same time, discoveries in neurobiology and epidemiology were beginning to provide details on the processes producing the observed correlations. These discoveries led to a more recent set of PSID-based studies that focus not only on labor market and behavioral outcomes, but also on links between income in the earliest stages of life (including the prenatal period) and adult health. Links between economic disadvantage in childhood and adult health, and the developmental neuroscience underlying those links, are promising areas for future research.

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