Ph.D.: University of Wyoming
Location: B313 Clark Bldg.
Telephone: (970) 491-0887
My research focuses on the institutional and behavioral components of decision-making, with emphasis on environmental, resource and agricultural topics. My primary tool to analyze such decision-making is the use of laboratory experiments, in which human subjects face an incentive system that resembles the incentives from the “real world.” Participants in these experiments earn money depending on their own decisions, on the decisions of other participants and, to a small extent, on luck.
Current projects include studies of how to make efficient policies like Pigouvian taxes more popular, of the impact of different market institutions on trading and of the introduction of options into water markets.
In recent publications, coauthors and I analyzed the impact of income heterogeneity on contributions to public goods, the effect of domestic political institutions on international climate change negotiations, and the impact of local fiscal institutions on self-reported happiness.
AREC 202 - Agricultural and Resource Economics
AREC 240 - Issues in Environmental Economics
AREC 381 - Introduction to Environmental Economics
AREC 541 - Environmental Economics
AREC 740 - Advanced Resource and Environmental Economics
Selected Publications, Presentations and Projects:
“Sub-National Fiscal Activity as a Determinant of Individual Happiness: Ideology Matters” Journal of Happiness Studies forthcoming (with Edward Lascher and Robert Wassmer).
“Trading Agricultural Payment Entitlements: An Experimental Investigation of Bilateral Negotiations,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 2008 (December/Papers and Proceedings) (with Enno Bahrs and Matthias Sutter).
“Domestic Politics and Climate Change: International Public Goods in Two-Level Games” Cambridge Review of International Affairs forthcoming (with Jason F. Shogren).
“Conditional Cooperation on Three Continents,” Economics Letters forthcoming (with Todd L. Cherry, Martin Kocher, Robert Netzer and Matthias Sutter).
“The Impact of Endowment Heterogeneity and Origin on Contributions in Best-Shot Public Good Games,” Experimental Economics 2007, 10/4, 411-428 (with Todd L. Cherry and Jason F. Shogren).
“Voting, Punishment and Public Goods,” Economic Inquiry 2007, 45/3, 557-570 (with Todd L. Cherry and Jason F. Shogren).
“Parochialism and Approval Voting,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 2005, 49/6, 895-907 (with Jonathan Baron and Nicole Altman).
“The Impact of Endowment Heterogeneity and Origin on Public Good Contributions: Evidence from the Lab,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 2005 57/3, 357-365 (with Todd L. Cherry and Jason F. Shogren).
“Social Capital: What is the Value of Hunting Club Memberships?” Human Dimensions of Wildlife 2004, 9/1, 57-68 (with Cynthia Green and Therese Grijalva).
“Crashing the Party: An Experimental Investigation of Strategic Voting in Primary Elections,” Public Choice 2003, 114/3-4, 387-420 (with Todd L. Cherry).
“Endogenous Timing in a Gaming Tournament,” Theory and Decision 1999, 47/1, 1-21 (with Kyung Hwan Baik, Todd L. Cherry and Jason F. Shogren).
September 2008, Valuing Option Contracts in Water Markets: A Laboratory Investigation (with Kristiana Hansen, and Jonathan D. Kaplan), University of Colorado Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, Vail, Colorado.
October 2007, Do You Not Like Pigou, or Do You Not Understand Him? Tax Aversion and Earmarking in the Lab (with Steffen Kallbekken and Matthias Sutter), Annual Meeting of the Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Study Group, Ottawa, Canada.
July 2007, Trading German Agricultural Payment Entitlements: An Experimental Investigation (poster presentation, with Enno Bahrs and Matthias Sutter), Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA), Portland, Oregon.
July 2006, Reciprocity Spillover in Laboratory Markets (with Jason F. Shogren), Annual Congress of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP) and the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE), Paris, France.
May 2005, Voting, Punishment and Public Goods (with Todd L. Cherry and Jason F. Shogren), Annual Meeting of the Austrian Economics Society (NOeG), Innsbruck, Austria.
“Can a Combination of Policy Instruments Increase the Effectiveness and Public Acceptability of Environmental Policies?” (with Hege Westskog, Marianne Aasen, Steffen Kallbekken, Sjur Kasa, Einar Strumse and Arild Vatn, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo), Miljø 2015 Program at the Research Council of Norway, project 183375. Total 3,000,000 NOK (approx. $563,000), 2008-2012.
“How Robust is the Conditional Cooperation Phenomenon: An International Comparison in Colombia, the U.S. and the Netherlands” (with Martin Kocher, University of Munich, and Peter Martinsson and Marcela Ibanez, both University of Göteborg).
“Measuring Jury Behavior with Market Instruments: The Underdog Effect and Runaway Juries” (with Owen Phillips, University of Wyoming, and Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University)
“The Effect of Endogenous Exchange Rates on Subject Behavior in Public Good Experiments” (with David Zetland, UC Berkeley).
“Competition and Principal-Agent Games: The Effect of a Competitive Market on Reciprocal Interaction in Groups” (with Martin G. Kocher, University of Munich, Tamar Kugler, University of Arizona, and Matthias Sutter, University of Innsbruck).
“Parking and Responsive Pricing” (with Nicholas Janusch, California Energy Commission, and Jonathan Kaplan, California State University Sacramento)
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