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2016 Graduate Student Awards

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Lawrence De Geest is this year's recipient of the Carolyn Harper FellowshipAbdul Kidwai and Alyssa Danilow received The Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award. Madeline Cyr and Irene Mussio received the Department Outstanding Service Award. Congratulations to all and thanks for your many contributions!  

(Photo from left: Lawrence De Geest, Abdul Kidwai, Alyssa Danilow, Madeline Cyr and Irene Mussio)

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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)

Gail Fleischaker and Wendy Wilde Receive SBS Outstanding Staff Awards

Monday, June 6, 2016

Two outstanding staff members were recognized this spring for their exemplary work in the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Wendy Wilde, Department Administrator in sociology, and Gail Fleischaker, Finance and Personnel Manager in resource economics, were this year’s awardees. >>More


Graduate Awards Ceremony

Abdul Kidwai is this year's recipient of the Carolyn Harper FellowshipTyler BesseEric Koegler and Kelly Millerreceived The Vijay Bhagavan Teaching Assistant of Distinction Award. Lawrence De Geestr eceived 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)

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

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!

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RAP Session: First-year students embrace a living-learning experience

Elijah Goodman and Lizzy Morris (seated, right) present their final project on “hidden hunger”—how social factors such as race and class affect the distribution of food and decide who goes hungry—for a RAPS course in resource economics taught by PhD Candidate Abdul Kidwai.


Celebrating Graduation 20,000 Feet Up

ResEc alum Alex Calder, and his fellow UMass roommate Jeff Rogers summited Alaska’s Mount McKinley, located in the Denali National Park and Preserve, this past May.