On Saturday, March 11, 2017, members of Texas A&M University’s experimental economics group attended and participated in the fourth annual Texas Experimental Association Symposium (TExAS) Meeting. This year’s TExAS Meeting was held at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Presenters and topics from Texas A&M included:
- Mackenzie Alston: “The Silver Lining of Unemployment”
- Noah Bacine: “Overcoming Identity Norms to Break the Glass Ceiling”
- Catherine Eckel and Rick Wilson (Rice University): “Shopping for Trust”
- Wei Zhan: “Discrimination and Identity: Using Dictator Games to Gauge Political Preferences”
Congratulations to all of our presenters!
Ragan Petrie has been awarded the Elton Lewis Faculty Fellowship. The Lewis Fellowship is a competitive award given to a prominent senior scholar in the College, following a nomination and careful review process. The Fellowship provides research support funding.
Mackenzie Alston, a third-year experimental economics PhD student, received the July Teaching Award while participating in the American Economic Association’s (AEA) 2016 Summer Training Program.
Mackenzie taught a “Foundations in Mathematics” course to 15 students from all over the country.
The AEA Summer Training Program aims to provide minority undergraduate students with preparation to successfully complete graduate coursework.
Doctoral students specializing in experimental economics presented at the 2016 Economic Science Association (ESA) Conference. The conference took place from November 19 – 21 in Washington, D.C.
The TAMU presenters and their talks were:
Billur Aksoy: “Uninformed Giving: An Experiment”
Abigail Peralta: “The impact of election fraud on government performance”
Doctoral students specializing in experimental economics presented at the 2016 Economic Science Association (ESA) Conference. The ESA Conference took place from November 10 – 12 in Tucson, AZ.
From October 14 – 15, 2016, the Texas A&M University Department of Economics hosted the 2016 Conference on Methods in Experimental Economic Research (“MEER” Conference).
Experimental economists from all over the county were in attendance, as were a number of TAMU graduate students. The conference was composed of eight talks over the course of the two days:
- Sally Sadoff, University of California at San Diego
- Michael Price, Georgia State University
- Heather Schofield, University of Pennsylvania
- Lucas Coffman, Harvard University
- Nathaniel Higgins, White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team
- Kelsey Jack, Tufts University
- Amanda Agan, Rutgers University
- Andrew Barr, Texas A&M University
The event was funded by a grant from the College of Liberal Arts. The first M.E.E.R. Conference took place in March 2015.
Billur Aksoy, a fourth-year experimental economics PhD student, received the John Van Huyck Teaching Award from the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University. The award is given to a doctoral student in economics who excels is teaching and is in honor of the late Dr. John Van Huyck.
The Behavioral Economics and Policy Program (BEPP) at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce the arrival of two new faculty members to the team. Dr. Marco Castillo and Dr. Ragan Petrie have come to Texas A&M’s Department of Economics from George Mason University.
The BEPP is excited to have them join the Texas A&M experimental economics team.
Welcome, Ragan and Marco!
Ada Kovaliukaite, fourth-year experimental economics PhD student, and Mackenzie Alston, third-year experimental economics PhD student, were selected to participate in the 2016 Barcelona Graduate School of Economics’ (GSE) Summer Forum in Barcelona, Spain.
The Barcelona GSE forum took place from June 6 – 21, 2016, and was attended by students from all over the world. Participants received extensive training and experience in macroeconomic and collaborated with peers on group projects.
Catherine Eckel, Sarah and John Lindsey Professor in the Liberal Arts and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas A&M University, gave several talks at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia, during July 2016.
Dr. Eckel gave an F.H. Gruen Public Lecture on “Shopping for Trust” on July 19, 2016. In contrast to most research on trust, in this study (joint with Rick Wilson) Dr. Eckel uses lab experiments to show that choosing a partner substantially increases trust and reciprocity in an incentivized trust game. Partner choice is based on viewing the photographs of potential counterparts, and trusters are able to select counterparts who are more trustworthy. That is, potential partners that appear to be honest and trustworthy prove to reciprocate larger amounts in the trust game.
She also gave two talks to ANU’s Gender Institute on July 20, 2016 (pictured below). These consisted of a talk on mentoring female graduate students and junior faculty, and another one on lab experimental research on gender differences in financial market behavior.