New England Experimentalist Workshop

PhD Students Present Research on Gender and Race at Workshop

Two graduate students in the UConn Department of Economics presented their research at the New England Experimentalist Workshop last week.

PhD Student Ana Karaban presents her researchAnastassiya Karaban presented her paper, “The role of gender comparisons in determining reference wage and labor supply.” She finds that when people make different wages, we choose to compare our wage to others of the same gender. Women work harder when making more than other women (but not when making more than other men). Men work less hard if they are making less than another man (but not if they are making less than a woman).

PhD Student Victor Volkman presents his researchVictor Volkman presented his paper, “Race and experimental design: How respondents may read context into a neutrally framed scenario.” Traditionally, economics experiments have participants engage in “context free” simulated economic transactions. Victor examines whether such absence of context can affect individuals differently based on their racial backgrounds. He finds evidence that different racial groups interpret context-free scenarios differently, and thus their actions are not directly comparable.

The presentations offered the students both broader exposure for their research and a chance to receive valuable feedback from researchers at other universities.

UConn Hosts Experimental Economics Workshop

On July 1 and 2, the Department of Economics hosted the annual New England Experimentalist Workshop.

The Workshop brought together experimental and behavioral economists from twelve universities to present research on topics as diverse as gender pay disparities, self-censorship of political views in the classroom, and effective environmental policy.

The two-day workshop was organized by faculty members Remy Levin and Mike Shor and graduate student Anastassiya Karaban.