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Session 7: Experimental Economics

August 10, 2020, 9 am-1 pm PDT | August 11, 2020, 9:30 am - 1 pm PDT
Organized by: 
  • Christine Exley, Harvard Business School
  • Muriel Niederle, Stanford University
  • Alvin Roth, Stanford University
  • Lise Vesterlund, University of Pittsburgh

This workshop will be dedicated to advances in experimental economics combining laboratory and field-experimental methodologies with theoretical and psychological insights on decision-making, strategic interaction and policy. We would invite papers in lab experiments, field experiments and their combination that test theory, demonstrate the importance of psychological phenomena, and explore social and policy issues. In addition to senior faculty members, invited presenters will include junior faculty as well as graduate students.

In this Session

Aug 10 | 9:00 am to 9:30 am

Overriding in Teams: The Role of Beliefs, Social Image, and Gender

Presented by: Maria Recalde (University of Melbourne)
Co-Author(s): Joyce Guo (University of Melbourne)
Aug 10 | 9:30 am to 10:00 am

Information and the Persistence of the Gender Wage Gap: Early Evidence from California's Salary History Ban

Presented by: Benjamin Hansen (University of Oregon)
Co-Author(s): Drew McNichols (UC San Diego)

Aiming to reduce the gender wage gap, several states and cities have recently adopted legislation that prohibits employers from asking about previously earned salaries. The advocates of these salary history bans (SHBs) have suggested pay history perpetuates past discrimination. We study the early net impact of the first state-wide SHBs. Using both difference-in-difference and synthetic control approaches, we find the gender earnings ratio increased by 1 percent in states with SHBs. We find these population wide increases are driven by an increase of the gender earnings ratio for households with all children over 5 year old, by workers over 35, and are principally driven by those who have recently switched jobs.

Aug 10 | 10:00 am to 10:30 am

Attention as Human Capital

Presented by: Heather Schofield (University of Pennsylvania)
Co-Author(s): Christina Brown and Supreet Kaur (both UC Berkeley) and Geeta Kingdon (University College London)
Aug 10 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Break - Discussion

Aug 10 | 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Social Learning in Groups: an Experimental Study

Presented by: Marina Agranov (Caltech)
Co-Author(s): Gabriel Lopez-Moctezuma (Caltech), Philipp Strack (Yale University), and Omer Tamuz (Caltech)
Aug 10 | 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Beliefs in Repeated Games

Presented by: Guillaume Frechette (New York University)
Co-Author(s): Masaki Aoyagi (University of Osaka) and Sevgi Yuksel (UCSB).
Aug 10 | 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Beyond Ordinal: The Value of Indifferences and Cardinal Information in Matching

Presented by: Clayton Featherstone (University of Pennsylvania)
Co-Author(s): Judd B. Kessler and Kartnik Tadepalli (both University of Pennsylvania)
Aug 10 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Break – Discussion

Aug 11 | 9:30 am to 9:45 am

The Burden of Holding Debt

Presented by: Alejandro Martínez-Marquina (Stanford University)
Aug 11 | 9:45 am to 10:00 am

Claiming Credit: Gender, Memory, and Social Norms

Presented by: Jonas Mueller-Gastell (Stanford University)
Co-Author(s): Madison Arnsbarger, Marissa Lepper, and Stephanie W. Wang (all University of Pittsburgh)
Aug 11 | 10:00 am to 10:15 am

It’s Not my Fault: Excuse-Seeking Behavior in the Intertemporal Domain

Presented by: Marissa Lepper (University of Pittsburgh)
Aug 11 | 10:15 am to 10:30 am

Do Actions Speak Louder than Motives? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Image-Fundraising

Presented by: Pun Winichakul (University of Pittsburgh)
Aug 11 | 10:30 am to 11:00 am

Break - Discussion

Aug 11 | 11:00 am to 11:30 am

Fairness Across the World: Preferences and Beliefs

Presented by: Alexander W. Cappelen (Norwegian School of Economics)
Co-Author(s): Ingvild Almas ( Stockholm University), Erik Ø. Sørensen and Bertil Tungodden (both NHH Norwegian School of Economics)
Aug 11 | 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Cognitive Flexibility or Moral Commitment? Evidence of Anticipated Belief Distortion

Presented by: Silvia Saccardo (Carnegie Mellon University)
Co-Author(s): Marta Serra-Garcia (UC San Diego)
Aug 11 | 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Digital Addiction

Presented by: Hunt Allcott (New York University)
Co-Author(s): Matthew Gentzkow (Stanford University), and Lena Song (New York University)
Aug 11 | 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Break – Discussion