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Resource Economics Seniors Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore to Enter Peace Corps

 Photo of Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore

Two outstanding seniors, both resource economics majors, have plans to enter the Peace Corps starting this summer.

Andrew Mack and Brendan Moore, two students with similar career aspirations, will be tasked with two very different areas of work over the next two years. Mack, who is majoring in both resource economics and nutrition, will be traveling to Belize to become a Health Resource Advisor, working with administrative health and schools to educate them about non-communicable diseases. Moore, on the other hand, will be going to Africa to teach secondary math…in French! >> More

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Graduate Awards Ceremony

Photo of Award RecipientsAbdul Kidwai is this year's recipient of the Carolyn Harper Fellowship. Tyler Besse, Eric Koegler and Kelly Miller received The Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award. Lawrence De Geest received the first annual Department Outstanding Service Award. Congratulations to all and thanks for your many contributions!  >>View Slide Show

(Photo from left: Lawrence De Geest, Abdul Kidwai, Kelly Miller, Eric Koegler and Tyler Besse)

Volunteer for Upcoming Experiments

Register for experiments conducted at Willis Experimental Economics Laboratory. Participants will be compensated, and no prior economics training is necessary. 

To register please visit the Experimental Economics Online Recruitment System

For more information and to access the Willis Lab FAQs, please visit the Experimental Economics Program.

Seminar With Erik Kimbrough

Please join us on Friday, April  22, 2016, 3:30-5:00 pm in Room 303 Stockbridge Hall:

Erik KimbroughAssistant Professor of Economics and co-director of the CRABE experimental economics laboratory at Simon Fraser University

Kinship, Fractionalization, and Corruption. Mahsa Akbari, Duman Bahrami-Rad, Erik O. Kimbrough

Working Abstract: Biological theory suggests that cooperation can be sustained via two mechanisms: `kin altruism' and `reciprocal altruism', where the former facilitates cooperation with close relatives and the latter facilitates broader cooperation among unrelated individuals. In practice, norms of cooperation in human societies rely on both of these mechanisms, but crucially kin altruism may generate favoritism and corruption. We argue that societal differences in mating practices and family structure can alter the relative returns to kin altruism and thus the frequency of corruption. In societies with high levels of sub-ethnic fractionalization, where endogamous (and consanguineous) mating within kin-group, clan and tribe increases the local relatedness of individuals, the relative returns to norms of kin altruism are high. In societies with exogamous marriage practices, the relative returns to norms of cooperation with non-relatives and strangers are increased. Using cross-country and within-country regression analyses and a cross-country lab experiment, we provide evidence for this account.