The 2016 New England Experimental Economics Workshop

The Cleve E. Willis Experimental Economics Group hosted a Workshop in Experimental and Behavioral Economics June 7-8, 2016. The participants' research was presented under a variety of topics:


“Motivated Reasoning and Climate Change.”  Mikhael Shor (UConn)

 “The Applicability of Micro-finance to Higher Risk Business Ventures: An Experimental Study.”  John Spraggon (UMass Amherst)

“Attribute Overload, Credit Choice, and Welfare.” Emiliano Huet-Vaughn (Middlebury)

Charitable Giving

“Using Raffles to fund Public Goods: Lessons from a Field Experiment.”  Jeff Carpenter (Middlebury)

“Thank-you Gifts and Crowding Out in Charitable Giving: Evidence from the Field Lab and Eye-tracker.”  Matthew Chao (Williams)

“Inequity Aversion over Time and Money.”  Christine Exley (Harvard)

Graduate Student Presentations

“Reducing Labor Market Information Asymmetries Experimental Evidence from South Africa.” Martin Abel (Harvard)

“Individual Tradable Quotas in Complex Ecosystems: How do Extreme Changes in Biomass Impact Decisions?”  Irene Mussio (UMass Amherst)

“Can Peer Monitoring Reduce Overtreatment? Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment.” Mingqiang Li (Harvard)

“Uncertainty and Intent in Threshold Public Goods: An Experimental Investigation.” Abdul Kidwai (UMass Amherst)


“Money Growing on Trees: A Payment for Environmental Services Classroom Game.”  Sarah Jacobson (Williams)

“A Dynamic Common Pool Resource Experiment.”  Alex Smith (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

 “The Endowment Effect: High Stakes Evidence from Rural Zambia.”  Kelsey Jack (Tufts)

Individual Characteristics

“When Fair Isn’t Fair: Sophisticated Time Inconsistency in Social Preferences.”  Jeffrey Naecker (Wesleyan)

“Community and Worldview in a Linear Public Goods Game.” Meryl Motika (St. Lawrence)

“Worthiness versus Self-Interest in Charitable Giving: Evidence from a Low-Income, Minority Neighborhood” Angela de Oliveira (UMass Amherst)

Peers 1

“Should We Centralize Detections and Sanctions?  Peer-to-Peer vs. Decentralized Detection and Punishment in the Provision of Public Goods.”  Laura Gee (Tufts)

“Punishment via Ratings: An Experimental Study of Bias in Evaluations.”  Simon Halliday (Smith)

“Normative Conflict and the Emergence of Central Authority.”  David Kingsley (UMass Lowell)

Peers 2

“One in a Million: Field Experiments on Belief Formation and Voter Turnout.” Collin Raymond (Amherst College)

“Profit Sharing and Peer Reporting.”  Andrea Robbett (Middlebury)

"The Elasticity of Ignorance: Expressive Voting and Information Acquisition in the Pivotal Voter Model." Peter Matthews (Middlebury)