Noah Bacine (Doctoral Student) Presents at “EmPOWERing Women Leadership Conference”

On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Noah Bacine (a fifth-year doctoral student in behavioral economics) presented at the fourth annual “EmPOWERing Women Leadership Conference” in Austin, TX.

Noah presented on a panel that discussed “Is Work-Based ‘Housework’ Perpetuating the Glass Ceiling?” His presentation offered academic research on the disproportionate allocation of “non-promotable tasks” assigned to women in the workplace. Panelists discussed their personal experiences, the impact on career trajectories, and strategies for change.

Congratulations, Noah!



Peter Moffatt, University of East Anglia (U.K.), Visits Texas A&M University

From January 22 – 26, 2018, Dr. Peter Moffatt, professor of econometrics in the School of Economics at the University of East Anglia (U.K.), visited Texas A&M University as a joint guest of the Department of Economics and the Department of Sociology.

On January 22, Dr. Moffatt presented a behavioral economics seminar on the topic of “Strategic Interaction with Sophisticated Agents.” On January 26, he presented a day-long workshop on experimetrics in Rudder Tower that was attended by faculty and graduate students from various TAMU departments. Throughout the week, he met with various members of TAMU’s economics community (both faculty and students) to discuss research and opportunities for future collaboration.

Dr. Moffatt’s research has been focused in the area of “experimetrics,” the econometric modeling of data from experiments. (His recent book is Experimetrics: Econometrics for Experimental Economics.) In particular, he is interested in ways of incorporating between-subject heterogeneity into models.

Dr. Moffatt previously visited the Department of Economics in 2015.

2017 SEA Meeting Presentations by Texas A&M University

The 87th Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) took place from November 17 – 19, 2017, in Tampa, FL.

Dr. Ragan Petrie organized and chaired three sessions for SEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP). The topics were “Advice for Job Seekers and Early Career” (professional development panel); “Women and Minorities in the Economics Profession: Status, Perspectives, and Interventions”; and “Talking to the Media” (professional development panel).

A number of TAMU’s behavioral economics doctoral students also presented at the conference. Topics included:

  • Billur Aksoy: “Donors’ Response to News: When Does Less Information Translate into More Giving?”
  • Mackenzie Alston: “Perspectives on the Status of Women and Minorities in Other Fields” (part of Dr. Petrie’s CSWEP session on “Women and Minorities in the Economics Profession: Status, Perspectives, and Interventions”)
  • Noah Bacine: “Gender, Culture, and Competition”
  • Ada Kovaliukaite: “Testing Cognitive Hierarchy Assumptions”
  • Abigail Peralta: “Does Electoral Pressure Lead to Better Government Performance?”

Congratulations, everyone!


2017 ESA Conference Presentations by Texas A&M University

The 2017 Meeting of the Economic Science Association (ESA) took place from October 20 – 21, 2017 at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Catherine Eckel gave the keynote address. The title was “Gender Differences: What have we learned from 25 years of Experimental Research?”

Dr. Dan Fragiadakis also presented, speaking on the topic of “Can Individuals Recognize Selected Information When They Satisfice?” (This paper was coauthored with a fellow TAMU behavioral economist, Dr. Alex Brown.)

A number of TAMU’s behavioral economics doctoral students also presented at the conference. Topics included:

  • Noah Bacine: “Gender, Culture, and Competition”
  • Manuel Hoffman: “Does fairness matter? Only if it benefits me”
  • Ada Kovaliukaite: “Biased Norm Inference in Networks of Socially Complementary Behaviors”
  • Abigail Peralta: “Conflict Exposure and In-Group Bias”


Ragan Petrie Gives Keynote Address at the Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) Conference

From September 6 – 7, 2017, Dr. Ragan Petrie presented the keynote address at the fourth Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) Conference at the University of Chicago.

The title of Dr. Petrie’s talk was “Motives and Impediments to Give: Evidence from Field Experiments.” There are many reasons individuals are motivated to give to charity, including a desire to help, a connection to the cause, recognition, and because they were asked. At the same time, individuals may not give due to a lack of interest, not having the time, or the nuisance of finding a cause and making a donation. Drawing on evidence from field experiments on charitable giving, this talk explored various motives and impediments to giving.

Additionally, two TAMU experimental economics PhD students also attended and participated in the conference. Billur Aksoy (fifth-year doctoral student) presented “Donors’ Response to News: When Does Less Information Translate into More Giving?” Mackenzie Alston (fourth-year doctoral student) presented “High-Income Donors’ Preferences for Charitable Giving.”

SPI is a research and outreach project that utilizes rigorous quantitative methods and partnerships with the philanthropic community to explore the motivations behind charitable giving. The overarching goal of SPI is to develop a deeper understanding of the types of social preferences that shape philanthropic giving and to apply this knowledge to both practitioners and policymakers interested in philanthropy and the private provision of public goods.

PhD Student Attends 2017 BLEESS Experimental Macroeconomics School (Stony Brook)

In July 2017, Ryan Rholes, a third-year doctoral student, attended the 2017 BLEESS Experimental Macroeconomics School hosted at Stony Brook University in New York.

The School is an annual five-day event that focuses on training students and young professors in the field of experimental macroeconomics. A large part of the School is comprised of lectures given throughout the week by noteworthy economists who are currently pushing to expand influence of macroeconomic experiments. Attendees were also split into groups (according to self-reported research interests) and provided with time each day to develop a research idea. The idea was presented on the last day of the workshop.

Congratulations, Ryan!


PhD Student Participates in Behavioral and Experimental Economics Workshop

In August 2017, Billur Aksoy, a fifth-year doctoral student, participated in the “PhD Workshop in Behavioral and Experimental Economics” in Lofoten Islands, Norway. The workshop was organized by the Choice Lab at the Norwegian School of Economics. Open by invitation only, workshop attendees presented and discussed their research with senior researchers and fostered new networks and research collaborations. The workshop was followed by the “68 Degrees North Conference on Behavioral Economics.”

Congratulations, Billur!

PhD Student Presents at Social Dilemmas Working Group

In June 2017, Billur Aksoy, a fifth-year experimental economics PhD student, participated in the seventh biennial Social Dilemmas Working Group. The workshop was hosted by the Cleve E. Willis Lab at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Billur presented her research to the group and received invaluable feedback.

The Social Dilemmas Working Group emphasizes using multiple methods (including formal theory; laboratory, field and survey experiments; agent-based modeling; and observational data) and multidisciplinary views. This aids in developing theoretical foundations of behavior in social dilemmas; it also brings together researchers who are interested in human behavior in social dilemmas.

Way to go, Billur!

Texas A&M Experimental Economists Present at 2017 TExAS Meeting

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!