Publications

Happy People Have Children: Choice and Self-selection into Parenthood with Andrew Clark and Claudia Senik, European Journal of Population, 2016

Working papers and work in progress

In search of Unanimously Preferred Income Distributions. Evidence from a Choice Experiment with Max Lobeck, Claudia Senik and Thierry Verdier. Submitted, draft available upon request

Using a choice-experiment in the lab, we look at preferences over pairs of income distributions within small groups in a firm-like setting. Is one type of distribution capable of attracting votes unanimously? It turns out that Pareto-dominance is the most important choice criterion: in binary choices over two distributions, all subjects prefer larger inequality when it makes everyone weakly better off. This is true, no matter whether income distribution is based on merit or luck. Unanimity only breaks once subjects’ positions within the income distribution are fixed and known ex-ante. However, even then, 75% subjects prefer Pareto-dominant distributions. This suggests that effciency motives are of primary importance, more so than the origin of inequality.

Gender Differences in College Students Career Aspirations with Ghazala Azmat, Anne Boring and Roberto Galbiati

Principal’s Distributive Preferences and the Incentivization of Agents with Max Lobeck