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Research

Statement

I spend most of my time on the design and evaluation of environmental policy, with an emphasis on biodiversity and ecosystem protection. I am interested in communicating to social, natural and physical scientists, and environmental practitioners and policy makers. Thus I try to publish in a variety of outlets and attend economic, policy and environmental science professional meetings. Most recently, I have been applying experimental and quasi-experimental program evaluation designs to estimate the impacts and mechanisms of environmental policies and programs. 

The rest of my research focuses on experimental methods and behavioral economics.  I’ve conducted research on the economics of cultural diversity and discrimination, the relationship between competence and self-awareness and its implications for economic behavior, the design of experiments that more cleanly identify other-regarding preferences (as opposed to subject confusion that mimics other-regarding preferences), and children’s non-cognitive attributes (e.g., time and risk preferences) and their role in affecting educational outcomes.