Unintended Consequences: Ambiguity Neglect and Policy Ineffectiveness

An examination of the policymaker heuristic that citizens will follow a fixed approach in response to new policy. Through examples and simple formalisation, our paper suggests that before implementing novel policies, policymakers should attempt to elicit preferences from citizens.


My Poor(er) Friend:(Non-)Economic Integration in Public Good Games

A look at how inequality, and other non-economic differences that separate people, can be related, and affect their economic decision making:

Climate Policy with Unintended Consequences and Strategic Unawareness

An examination of some potential unintended consequences of climate change policy, through the lens of game theory:

Unintended Consequences: Ambiguous Welfare Effects when the Policymaker is Unaware

A theoretical take on some potential effects when a policymaker is unaware of the unintended consequences of policy:

May the Forcing Be With You: Experimental Evidence on Mandatory Contributions to Public Goods

Some interesting results on a fun experiment we did over zoom in the CELSS lab at Columbia University, thanks to funding from Barnard College. Currently submitted for review to Games and Behaviour:

Who Wants Their Peer to Be a Millionaire

In the following experiment, we analyze the circumstances under which a policy pushing subjects toward more efficient outcomes, for themselves or for their peers, can backfire.