University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Angela C. M. de Oliveira
Experimental and Public Economics
203 Stockbridge Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

My research interests lie in the field of behavioral public economics – or in incorporating non-standard assumptions into the economic analysis of the public sector. More broadly, I am interested in what makes decision makers different from each other, also known as individual heterogeneity. I use experiments to examine these differences. Many factors influence the choices that people make, like context, norms, or social preference types. I investigate which factors robustly impact behavior and am interested in mapping which ones are informative for public policy.

Recent Grants and Awards

2016-2019:  “Psychological Distance and the Mitigation of Interpersonal Risks,” National Science Foundation SES#1628146, $435,708, PI with Emily Silver Huff and Ezra Markowitz.

2016-2017:  “Seventh Biennial Conference on Social Dilemmas,” National Science Foundation SES#1628062, $38,931.

Faculty Research Grant/ Healey Endowment Grant, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Interdisciplinary Studies Institute ‘Value’ Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“It’s Not (Just) About the Money,” National Science Foundation, Co-PI with Catherine Eckel and Sheheryar Banuri.

“Preferences and Poverty Traps: Experimental Investigations of Risk, Time and Social Preferences in Two Poor Neighborhoods,” National Science Foundation, Co-PI with Rachel Croson and Catherine Eckel.

Published Papers

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

de Oliveira, A.C.M., R. Croson and C. Eckel. 2014. One Bad Apple? Heterogeneity and Information in Public Good Provision. Forthcoming at Experimental Economics.

de Oliveira, A.C.M., C. Eckel and R. Croson. 2014. Solidarity among the Poor. Economics Letters. 123.2: 144-148.

Lucas, P., A.C.M. de Oliveira and S. Banuri. 2014. The Effects of Group Composition and Fractionalization in a Public Goods Game: An Agent-Based Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 17(3)5. <>

Leonard, T. C.M., K. Shuval, A. C.M. de Oliveira, C. S. Skinner, C. Eckel, and J. C. Murdoch. 2013. Health Behavior and Behavioral Economics: Economic Preferences and Physical Activity Stages of Change in a Low-Income African American Community. American Journal of Health Promotion. 27.4: 211-221. [Selected for webisode]

Eckel, C., P. J. Grossman, C. A. Johnson, A. C.M. de Oliveira, C. Rojas and R. K. Wilson.  2012. School Environment and Risk Preferences: Experimental Evidence. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. 45.3: 265-292.

de Oliveira, A. C.M., C. Eckel and R. T.A. Croson. 2012. The Stability of Social Preferences in a Low-Income Neighborhood. Southern Economic Journal. 79.1: 15-45. [Lead Article].

Eckel, C., P. J. Grossman, C. A. Johnson, A. C.M. de Oliveira, C. Rojas, and R. Wilson.  2011. Social Norms of Sharing in High School: Teen Giving in the Dictator Game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 80.3: 603-612.

de Oliveira, A. C.M., R. T.A. Croson and C. Eckel. 2011. The Giving Type: Identifying Donors. Journal of Public Economics. 95.5-6: 428-435.

Leonard, T., R. T.A. Croson, and A. C.M. de Oliveira. 2010. Social Capital and Public Goods. Journal of Socio-Economics.1 39.4: 474-481.

Eckel, C., A. C.M. de Oliveira, and P. J. Grossman. 2008. Gender and Negotiation in the Small: Are Women (Perceived to Be) More Cooperative than Men? The Negotiation Journal. 24.4: 429-445.

Eckel, C., A. C. Milano and P. J. Grossman. 2007. Is More Information Always Better? An Experimental Study of Charitable Giving and Hurricane Katrina. Southern Economic Journal. 72.2: 388-411. [published under maiden name]

1 In 2014 the Journal changed its name to Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.