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Gary Charness


Professor Gary Charness specializes in experimental and behavioral research.  He has published his research in a wide variety of journals, including Econometrica, American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, and Management Science.  He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. in Economics from The University of California at Berkeley.  He joined the UCSB faculty in 2001.  Gary is on the editorial boards of 6 journals (American Economic Review, Management Science, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of the European Economic Association, Experimental Economics, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization) and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.  He is also affiliated with CESIfo in Munich and IZA in Bonn.

Grants, Awards and Distinctions:

UCSB Faculty Senate Grant. 2016 $8,600

Science of Philanthropy Initiative. 2014. $61,269

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Broom Center Publications
Charness, Gary (with Chetan Dave). 2017.
"Confirmation Bias with Motivated Beliefs."
Games and Economic Behavior, 104, July, 2017, 1-23.
Charness, Gary (with Aldo Rustichini and Jeroen van de Ven. Forthcoming.
"Self Confidence and Strategic Behavior. "
Experimental Economics.
Charness, Gary (with Patrick Holder). Forthcoming.
"Charity in the Laboratory: Matching, Competition, and Group Membership."
Management Science.
Charness, Gary (with Brianna Halladay). Forthcoming.
"Behavioral Economics and Experimental Economics: Cousins but not Twins."
Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy.
Cherness, Gary (with Marie Claire Villeval). 2017.
"Preserving Rank as a Social Norm."
Nature Human Behaviour, 1(7), Article 0137, July, 2017.
Charness, Gary (with Ramón Cobo-Reyes, Natalia Jiménez, Juan Lacomba, and Francisco Lagos). 2017.
"Renewable Dismissal Barriers, Job Security, and Long-term Investment."
European Economic Review, 95, June, 2017, 195-214.
Charness, Gary (with Aleksandr Alekseev and Uri Gneezy). 2017.
"Experimental Methods: When and Why Contextual Instructions May be Important."
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 134, February, 2017, 48-59.
Charness, Gary,Jordi Brandts and Matthew Ellman. 2016. 
" Let’s Talk: How Communication Affects Contract Design. "
Journal of the European Economic Association. 943-974.
Charness, Gary,Ramón Cobo-Reyes, Juan Lacomba, Francisco Lagos, and Jose Maria Perez. 2016. 
"Social Comparisons in Wage Delegation: Experimental Evidence. "
Experimental Economics. June 2016, 433-459.
Charness, Gary (with Matthew Ellman). 2016
"Choosing and Not Choosing with and without Communication: Experimental Results on Contract Design and Selection."
Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 172, March, 2016, 142-157)
Charness, Gary (with Angelino Viceisza). 2016.
"Comprehension and Risk Elicitation in the Field: Evidence from Rural Senegal."
Review of Behavioral Economics, 3, July, 2016, 145-171
Charness, Gary (with Luca Rigotti and Aldo Rustichini). 2016.
"Social Surplus Determines Cooperation Rates in the One-shot Prisoner’s Dilemma."
Games and Economic Behavior, 100, November, 2016, 113-124.
Charness, Gary (with Ramón Cobo-Reyes and Ángela Sánchez). 2016.
"The Effect of Charitable Giving on Workers’ Performance: Experimental evidence."
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 131, November, 2016, 61-74.
Charness, Gary (with Uri Gneezy and Brianna Sheets). 2016.
"Experimental Methods: Pay one or Pay All."
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 131, November, 2016, 141-150.
Kelly Bedard (with Philip Babcock, Gary Charness, John Hartman, and Heather Royer). 2015. 
"Letting Down the Team? Evidence of Social Effects of Team Incentives. "
The Journal of the European Economic Association. October 2015, 841-870.
Charness, Gary,Till Gross and Chris Guo. 2015. 
"Merit Pay and Wage Compression with Productivity Differences and Uncertainty. "
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 117, September, 2015, 233-247.
Charess, Gary and Arthur Schram. 2015. 
"Inducing Norms in Laboratory Allocation Choices. "
Management Science. July 2015, 1531-1546.
Charness, Gary (with Ernst Fehr). 2015.
"From the Lab to the Real World."
Science, 30 October, 2015, 512-513.
Charness, Gary,Ramón Cobo- Reyes and Natalia Jiménez. 
"Identities, Selection, and Contributions in a Public-goods Game. "
Games and Economic Behavior, 87, September, 2014, 322-338. 
Charness, Gary and Valentin Shmidov. Forthcoming. 
"Trust and Reciprocity. "
Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics.
Charness, Gary,Francesco Feri, Miguel Meléndez-Jiménez, and Matthias Sutter. Forthcoming. 
"Experimental Games on Networks: Underpinnings of Behavior and Equilibrium Selection. "
Charness, Garyand Chun-Lei Yang. 
"Starting Small towards Voluntary Formation of Efficient Large Groups in Public Goods Provision."
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 102,June, 2014, 119-132. 
Charness, Gary, David Masclet and Marie Claire Villeval. 
"Competitive Preferences and Status as an Incentive: Experimental Evidence. "
Management Science, 60, January, 2014, 38-55. 
Charness, Garyand Greg DeAngelo. Forthcoming.
"Law and Economics in the Laboratory"
Research Handbook on Behavioral Law and Economics.
Charness, Gary. Forthcoming. 
"Communication in Bargaining Experiments"
Handbook of Conflict Resolution.
Charness, Gary, Gneezy, Uri, and Michael Kuhn. 2013. 
"Extra-Laboratory Experiments: Extending the Reach of Experimental Economics."
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 91, July, 2013, 93-100.
Charness, Gary, Edi Karnia, and Dan Levin.
"Ambiguity Attitudes: An Experimental Investigation"
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 46, February, 2013, 1-25.
 Charness, Gary, and Tsz Cheung.
"A Restaurant Experiment in Charitable Contributions"
Economics Letters, 119, April, 2013, 48-49.
 Charness, Gary, Uri Gneezy and Alex Imas.
"Experimental Methods: Eliciting Risk Preferences"
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 87, March, 2013, 43-51.
Charness, Gary, Du, Ninghua, Chun-Lei Yang, Lan Yao. 2013. 
"Promises in Contract Design."
European Economic Review, 64, November, 2013, 194-208.
Charness, Gary, Uri Gneezy and Michael Kuhn
"Experimental Methods: Between-subject and Within-subject Design"
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 81, January, 2012, 1-8
Charness, Gary,  and Matthias Sutter.
"Groups make Better Self-Interested Decisions"
Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26, Summer, 2012, 157-176. 2012
Charness, Gary, and Greg DeAngelo.
"Deterrence, Expected Cost, Uncertainty and Voting: Experimental Evidence"
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 44, February 2012, 73-100. 2012.
Charness, Gary, Ramón Cobo-Reyes, Natalia Jiménez, Juan Lacomba, and Francisco Lagos.
"The Hidden Advantage of Delegation: Pareto-improvements in a Gift-exchange Game"
American Economic Review, 102, August, 2012, 2358-2379.
Charness, Gary and Uri Gneezy.
"Strong Evidence for Gender Differences in Risk-taking"
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 83, June 2012, 50-58.
Charness, Gary and Roger Jahnke.
"A Group-based Wellness Intervention in the Laboratory"
B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 12, March 2012.
Charness, Gary and Martin Dufwenberg
American Economic Review, 101, June, 2011, 1211-1237
 Du, Ninghua, Gary Charness, and Chun-Lei Yang
"Trust and Trustworthiness Reputations in an Investment Game"
Games and Economic Behavior, 72, June, 2011, 361-375
Charness, Gary, and Aldo Rustichini 
"Gender Differences in Cooperation with Group Membership"
Games and Economic Behavior, 72, May, 2011, 77-85
Brandts, Jordi, and Gary Charness
"The Strategy versus the Direct-response Method: A First Survey of Experimental Comparisons"
Experimental Economics, 14, September, 2011, 375-398
Charness, Gary, and Peter Kuhn.
"Lab Labor: What Can Labor Economists Learn in the Lab?"
Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume 4a, February, 2011, 229-330
Charness, Gary, Peter Kuhn and Marie Claire Villeval.
"Competition and the Ratchet Effect"
Journal of Labor Economics, 29, July, 2011, 513-547
Charness, Gary, Battagali, Pierpaolo and Martin Dufwenberg. 2013. 
"Deception: The Role of Guilt. "
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization,  93, September, 2013, 227-232.