Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Policy
Applied Economics with primary fields in Environmental/Public Economics and Public Policy
Ph.D. in Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A. in Economics, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S. in Business, Univresity of New Hampshire at Durham
My current research explores the cooperation of individuals in social dilemma experiments. In these experiments what is best for the individual is at odds with what is best for the group (e.g in public goods experiment free-riding is in the best interest of the individual but harms the group). The implication is that in order to maximize the groups welfare individuals must cooperate. In the absence of cooperation groups may elect to create an institution in order to enhance cooperation. I am interested in how groups choose between these institutions which can maintain self-governance or the creation of central authority. What I find interesting is that the creation of a central authority implies that the group is willing to cede power to this central authority.