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Curriculum Vitae


Princeton University, Ph.D., Economics, defended September 1992
Harvard University, A.B., Applied Mathematics, Magna cum Laude, 1988

Thesis Topic and Advisor:

Four Essays in Applied Game Theory (Advisor: Dilip Abreu)

Major Fields of Interest:

Experimental Economics
Behavioral Economics
Managerial Decision Making
Economic Theory

Courses Taught:

Undergraduate:    Principles of Microeconomics
                             Intermediate Microeconomics
                             Introduction to Industrial Organization
                             Corporate Finance
                             Introduction to Game Theory
                             Mathematical Economics
                             Experimental Economics

Graduate:              Microeconomic Theory (both semesters)
                              Advanced Game Theory
                              Experimental Economics

Business School:    Business Economics (executive MBA program)

Professional Experience:

Brim Eminent Scholar in Economics, Florida State University, Fall 2009 - present
Professor, Florida State University, Summer 2007 – Fall 2009
Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Fall 2003 - Spring 2007
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Fall 1999 - Spring 2003 Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 1992 - Spring 1999

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards:

  • National Science Foundation Fellowship, September 1989 - August 1992
  • Russell Sage Foundation -- $4,894, August, 1995 - July 1996
    “The Effects of Context and Cross-Game Learning on Play in Signalling Games”
  • National Science Foundation -- $30,000, May 1997 - May 1998.
    “An Experimental Comparison of the Fairness and Learning Hypotheses”
  • National Science Foundation (w/ John Kagel) – $352,432, September 1998 - August 2001
    “Experimental Studies of Incentive Effects, Expertise Effects, and Context Effects in Signalling Games”
  • Junior Faculty Best Paper Award, Weatherhead School of Management, 1999-2000
  • National Science Foundation – $236,321, August 2002 - July 2005
    “Corporate Turnarounds: An Experimental Study”
  • Fundación BBVA (w/ Jordi Brandts) – €58,000
    “Estudios experimentales sobre incentivos en organizaciones”
  • Outstanding Faculty Member (2003 - 2004), Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council
  • National Science Foundation (w/ John Kagel) - $572,762, April 2005 - March 2008
    “Collaborative Research on Team versus Individual Play”
  • Kauffman Foundation – $50,000, May 2006 - February 2008
    “Entrepreneurial Decision Making on Where to Pursue Funding: Theory and Behavior”
  • National Science Foundation (w/ Kai-Uwe Kuhn) -- $395,322, August 2007 – July 2008
    “Collaborative Research: An Experimental Study on Collusion and Communication”
  • National Science Foundation (w/ John Kagel) -- $585,487, July 2009 – June 2012
    “Collaborative Research: Experimental Studies on Group Decision Making in Strategic Environments”
  • National Science Foundation (w/ John Hamman) - $403,882, August 2011 - July 2014
    “Leadership and Overcoming Coordination Failure”
  • National Science Foundation (w/ John Kagel) - $318,049, July 2012 - June 2015
    “Collaborative Research: Experimental Studies of Strategic Decision Making by Groups and Individuals”
  • Kauffman Foundation (with Nicola Lacetera) - $50,000, July 2014 - June 2016
    “Workshop on Economic Experiments and Entrepreneurship”

Refereed Publications:

  • “Supergames Played by Finite Automata with Finite Costs of Complexity in an Evolutionary Setting,” Journal of Economic Theory, (1/96) 68, 1, pp. 266 - 275.
  • “Barometric Price Leadership,” International Journal of Industrial Organization, (5/96) 15, pp. 301-325.
  • “Adaptive Learning vs Equilibrium Refinements in an Entry Limit Pricing Game,” The Economic Journal, (5/97, with Susan Garvin and John Kagel) 107, pp. 553-575.
  • “Signalling and Adaptive Learning in an Entry Limit Pricing Game,” Rand Journal of Economics, (11/97, with Susan Garvin and John Kagel) 28, 4, pp. 662-683.
  • “A Strategic Analysis of Corners and Squeezes,” Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, (3/98, with R. Glen Donaldson) 33, 1, pp. 117-137.
  • “Gaming Against Managers in Incentive Systems: Experimental Results with Chinese Students and Chinese Managers,” American Economics Review, (9/99, with John Kagel, Wei Lo, and Qing Liang Gu) 89, 4, pp. 781-804.
  • “Learning to Punish: Experimental Evidence from a Sequential Step Level Public Goods Game,” (6/02, with Carol Stockman), Experimental Economics, 5, 1, pp. 39 - 51
  • “Fairness and Learning in a Step-level Public Goods Game,” Games and Economic Behavior, (10/02, with Carol Stockman) 41, 26 - 45.
  • “The Impact of Meaningful Context on Strategic Play in Signalling Games,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (1/03, with John Kagel) 50, pp 311-37.
  • “Lessons Learned: Generalizing Learning Across Games,” American Economic Review (P&P), (5/03, with John Kagel) 93, 2, pp. 202 - 207.
  • “Evidence on the Equivalence of the Strategic and Extensive Form Representation of Games,” Journal of Economic Theory, (6/03, with John Van Huyck) 110, pp. 290 - 308.
  • “Relative versus Absolute Speed of Adjustment in Strategic Environments: Responder Behavior in Ultimatum Games,” (10/03, with Nick Feltovich, Al Roth, and Rami Zwick) Experimental Economics, 6, pp. 181 - 207.
  • “Are Two Heads Better Than One? Team versus Individual Play in Signaling Games,” American Economic Review, (6/05, lead article, with John Kagel) 95, 3, 477 - 509.
  • “Are Experienced Managers Experts at Overcoming Coordination Failure?” (2006) Advances in Economic Analysis & Policy, 6, 2, Article 6.
  • “A Change Would Do You Good: An Experimental Study on How to Overcome Coordination Failure in Organizations,” American Economic Review, (6/06, with Jordi Brandts) 96, 3, 669 - 693.
  • “Managed Care and Physician Incentives: The Effects of Competition on Quality of Care,” (with Jim Rebitzer), Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy, 5, 1, Article 16.
  • “Observability and Overcoming Coordination Failure in Organizations: An Experimental Study,” (12/06, with Jordi Brandts) Experimental Economics, 9, 4, pp. 407-423.
  • “Leadership and Overcoming Coordination Failure with Asymmetric Costs,” (9/07, with Jordi Brandts and Enrique Fatas), Experimental Economics, 10, 3, pp. 269-284.
  • “It's What You Say, Not What You Pay: An Experimental Study of Manager-Employee Relationships in Overcoming Coordination Failure,” (12/07, with Jordi Brandts) Journal of the European Economic Association, 5, 6, pp. 1223-1268.
  • “Learning and Transfer in Signaling Games,” (3/08, with John Kagel) Economic Theory, 34, 3, pp. 415-440.
  • “Understanding Overbidding in Second Price Auctions: An Experimental Study,” (10/08, with Hanming Fang,) The Economic Journal, 118, 1572–1595..
  • “The Role of Context and Team Play in Cross-Game Learning,” (9/09, with John Kagel) Journal of the European Economic Association, 7, 5: 1101–1139.
  • “Equilibrium Selection in Signaling Games with Teams: Forward Induction or Faster Adaptive learning?” (12/09, with John Kagel), Research in Economics, 63, 4, pp. 216-224.
  • “The Formation of Social Preferences: An Experimental Study,” (with Carol Kraker Stockman), forthcoming Economic Inquiry.
  • “Misery Loves Company: Social regret and social interaction effects in choices under risk and uncertainty,” (8/11, with Mari Rege), Games and Economic Behavior, 73, 1, pp. 91-110.
  • “The Dynamics of Responder Behavior in Ultimatum Games: A Meta-study,” (11/11, with Glenn Dutcher), Experimental Economics, 14, 4, pp. 519 - 546.
  • “Entrepreneurship and Team Participation: An Experimental Study," (with Krista Jabs Saral), European Economic Review, 59, pp. 126-140.
  • “The Gift of Advice: Communication in a Bilateral Gift Exchange Game,” (with John Lightle), Experimental Economics, 16, 4, pp. 443-477.
  • “Communication, Renegotiation, and the Scope for Collusion,” (with Kai-Uwe Kühn), American Economic Journal - Microeconomics, 6, 2, pp. 247-278.
  • “Legitimacy, Social Distance, and Leadership in the Turnaround Game,” (with Jordi Brandts and Roberto Weber), Management Science, forthcoming.

Other Publications:

  • “Perceptions of Chance and the Efficient Market Hypothesis: A Classroom Experiment,” Classroom Experinomics, 7, 1, pp. 1 - 9.
  • “Physician Incentives in Managed Care Organizations: Medical Practice Norms and the Quality of Care,” (with Jim Rebitzer), Levy Center Public Policy Brief, no. 70, 2002.
  • “The Economics of Physician Incentives in Managed Care Organizations” (with Jim Rebitzer) in R. Rich and C. Erb (eds), Consumer Choice: Social Welfare & Health Policy (2005), New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.
  • “An Introduction to the Symposium on Behavioral Game Theory,” (10/07) Economic Theory, 33, 1, pp. 1 - 10.
  • “Learning in Entry Limit Pricing Games,” in C. Plott and V. Smith (eds.), Handbook of Experimental Economic Results, Vol. 1, Amsterdam: North-Holland, 2009, pp. 585-597.
  • “Other Regarding Preferences: A Survey of Experimental Results,” in J. Kagel and A. Roth (eds.), The Handbook of Experimental Economics, Vol. 2, (forthcoming) Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Review of the book Experiments in Economics: Playing Fair with Money by Ananish Chaudhuri, (6/10) Journal of Economic Literature, 48, 2, pp. 460-462.

Papers Under Submission:

  • “Endogenous Role Assignment and Team Performance,” (with Matthias Sutter), September 2013, Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “A Failure to Communicate: An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Advice on Strategic Play,” (with John Kagel), mimeo, Florida State University, May 2014.
  • “Cruel to be Kind: An Experimental Study of Communication, Collusion, and Threats to Punish,” (with Kai-Uwe Kühn), Department of Economics, Florida State University, May 2014.
  • “Stand by Me: Help, Heterogeneity and Commitment in Experimental Coordination Games,” (with Jordi Brandts, Enrique Fatas, and Shi Qi), Department of Economics, Florida State University, May 2014.

Working Papers:

  • “Do Quantity Setting Oligopolists Play the Cournot Equilibrium?” (with A. Banerjee), mimeo, Princeton University, April 1991.
  • “The Effects of Financial Structure on Cost Efficiency and Oligopolistic Competition,” mimeo, University of Pittsburgh, June 1992.
  • “Selection of Learning Rules: Theory and Evidence,” (with Nick Feltovich), mimeo, University of Pittsburgh, May 1995.
  • “Asymmetric Information Acquisition and Behavior in Role Choice Models: A Response,” mimeo, University of Pittsburgh, August 1995.
  • “Start-ups and Transition,” (with Dan Berkowitz) mimeo, University of Pittsburgh, September 1997.
  • "Ambiguity in Incentive Contracts: An Internet Experiment," (with David Johnshon), mimeo, Department of Economics, Florida State University, June 2013.
  • “Managing Social Credibility: An Experiment on Leadership and Coordination,” (with John Hamman and Roberto Weber), mimeo, Department of Economics, Florida State University, February 2014.
  • “Selection, Incentives, and Forward Induction: Experimental Evidence from the Weak-Link Game,” (with Christos Ioannaou and Shi Qi), mimeo, Department of Economics, Florida State University, March 2014.

Under Preparation:

  • “IPV First Price Auctions with Information About Others’ Values: An Experimental Study,” (with Hanming Fang), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “Overcoming Coordination Failure with Non-linear Incentives: An Experimental Study,” (with Jordi Brandts), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “Communication and Collusion: The Effects of Game Length and Message Space” (with Kai-Uwe Kühn), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “A Reconsideration of Renegotiation,” (with Kai-Uwe Kühn), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “Decentralization vs. Centralization: An Experimental Study,” (with Jordi Brandts), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “Too many cooks...an Experimental Study of Inexpensive Talk,” (with Gary Charness and Zachary Grossman), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “Leadership and Gender,” (with Giovanna D'Adda and Roberto Weber), Department of Economics, Florida State University.
  • “Contagion and Learning to Play Strategically,” (with John Kagel), Department of Economics, Florida State University.

Professional Presentations:

Conferences: AEA Meetings, Conference on Evolutionary Game Theory (Wilfred Laurier), Conference on Learning Equilibrium Behavior, Econometric Society, Economic Science Association, EWEBE, Fields Institute Conference for Robert Aumann (U. of Toronto), Game Theory Society, World Congress, IMEBE, Midwest Mathematical Economics Meetings, Public Choice Meetings, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, Southern Economic Association, International Conference on Game Theory at Stony Brook University (and workshops)

Invited Talks: University of Akron, University of California Santa-Barbara, University of California Santa-Cruz, University of California San Diego, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Central Florida, China Textile University, University of Edinburgh, Emory University, European University Institute, Florida State, Georgetown, Harvard University, University of Illinois, University of Innsbruck, Kent State University, University of Lyon (GATE), Maastricht Behavioral and Experimental Economics Symposium, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, NBER, New York University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Southern Economic Association, Spanish Game Theory Meetings, Stanford University, Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics, Stony Brook Game Theory Conference, Texas A&M, University of Texas-Dallas, University of Toronto, Tufts University, University of Valencia, Virginia Commonwealth, Wharton, University of Zurich

Editorial and Professional Duties:

Executive Board: Economic Science Association (2008-2010)

Editorial Board: Economic Theory (2005 – 9), Experimental Economics (2007-2011)

Editor, Special Issue: Economic Theory (10/2007)

Guest Editor, Special Issue: Management Scienece (2010)

Editor: Experimental Economics (2012-present)

Chair, XS/FS Cluster Executive Committee (2012-present)

NSF, Economics Advisory Panel (2014-2015)

Referee: American Economic Review, Annals of Finance, Austrian Science Foundation, Ecological Economics, Econometrica, Economic Inquiry, Economic Theory, European Economic Review, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Group Decisions and Negotiation, Intelligence, International Economic Review, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Business, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of Political Economy, Managerial and Decision Economics, Management Science, Rand Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, National Science Foundation, SSHRC, The Economic Journal

Conference Organizer:

Workshop on Learning and Evolution in Games (organizer, held at CWRU, April 2002)
Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (session organizer, 2005 & 2007)
International Conference on Game Theory at Stony Brook University (programme committee)
Economic Science Association (session organizer, ASSA meetings)
FSU Workshop on Experimental Game Theory (February, 2009)
ESA session at ASSA (session organizer, 2010) ESA North American Meetings (organizer, Fall 2014) Southern Economic Association (session organizer, presidential session, Fall 2014)

Graduate Students:

(Pittsburgh) Anthony Dukes, Carol Kraker (advisor), Kuan Chen, Jinho Lee, Wei Lo, Drew Saunders, Jim Warnick, Katherine Wolfe, Ethan Zimmer (CWRU) Evelyn McDowell, Gary Walker (Florida State) Sean Collins, Krista Jabs Saral, Glenn Dutcher, Cortney Rodet (advisor), Daniel Scheller, Jason Stiles, Yingyun Shen, Meridith Whiteman, Jesse Rouse (advisor), Brent Davis (advisor), John Jensenius, Jeremy Douthit, Erich Cromwell (advisor)