EBEL Advisory Board

The Experimental and Behavioral Economics Laboratory is privileged to have nine distinguished social scientists serving in an advisory capacity.  The external advisory board consists of:

Leda Cosmides
Daniel Friedman
Charles Plott
Andrew Schotter
John Tooby

Leda Cosmides received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University and has been at UCSB since 1991.  She is best known for her work in pioneering the new field of evolutionary psychology.  Professor Cosmides won the 1988 American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Behavioral Science Research, the 1993 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology, and a J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  In 1992, with John Tooby, she published The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture, an edited volume designed to be a state of the art survey of the new field.  Leda is the co-founder and co-director of the UCSB Center for Evolutionary Psychology.

Daniel Friedman received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in mathematics.  He has been in the Economics Department at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1979 and served as department chair from 1998-2001.  Professor Friedman is best known for his work in evolutionary game theory and in laboratory markets, and he is currently investigating e-commerce market institutions and the evolutionary foundations of behavioral economics.  Dan is the founder and director of the Learning and Experimental Economics Projects laboratory at UCSC, and he has published (with Shyam Sunder) a textbook on experimental economics, Experimental Methods: A Primer for Economists

Charles Plott received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia, and is now the Edward S. Harkness Professor of Economics and Political Science at the California Institute of Technology.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Econometric Society.  Professor Plott has been at Caltech since 1971, and is one of the founders of modern experimental economics.  His research interests include market adjustment, information transmission and integration, the design of exotic mechanisms such as Smart Markets, and regulation. 

Andrew Schotter received his Ph.D. from New York University and has been a faculty member at NYU since 1975.  He served as department chair from 1988-1993 and from 1996-1999, and is also the founder and director of the Center for Experimental Social Science at New York University.  Professor Schotter’s research interests include experimental economics, economic theory, and game theory.  He has published a text on these topics, Micro-Economics: A Modern Approach.



John Tooby received his Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Harvard  University and has been at UCSB since 1990.  For the last two decades, Tooby and his collaborators have been integrating cognitive science, cultural anthropology, evolutionary biology, paleoanthropology, cognitive neuroscience, and hunter-gatherer studies to create the new field of evolutionary psychology.  Professor Tooby is the co-founder and co-director of UCSB's Center for Evolutionary Psychology, where he and his collaborators use cross-cultural, experimental, and neuroscience techniques to investigate specific cognitive specializations for cooperation, coalitions, group psychology, and human reasoning.  In 1992, with Leda Cosmides, he published The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture, an edited volume designed to be a state of the art survey of the new field.  Professor Tooby is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society/Association for Psychological Science.

 

The departmental advisory board consists of:

Theodore Bergstrom
Robert Deacon
Rod Garratt
Peter Kuhn

Theodore Bergstrom received his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University., and is now the Aaron and Cherie Raznick Professor of Economics at UCSB.  His past appointment include positions at the University of Michigan and Washington University.  He has been at UCSB since 1997.  Professor Bergstrom’s interests include mathematical economics, pure and applied microeconomic theory, public finance, welfare economics, resource economics, health economics, international trade, game theory, evolutionary theory, and economic anthropology.  In 1997, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition honored Ted and his son Carl as SPARC Innovators by for their research and support of open access initiatives.

Robert Deacon received his Ph. D. in economics from the University of Washington has been at UCSB since 1972, and was Chair from 1998-2001.  His interests include natural resource economics and environmental economics, and his recent research examines the effects that different political systems have on the use of natural resources, environmental quality, and the provision of public goods.


Rod Garratt received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University and has been at UCSB since 1991.  He is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Economics Department.  Professor Garratt’s interests include auction, game theory, experimental economics, and monetary theory.  He is currently conducting new theoretical and experimental research related to the role of speculators in standard auctions, as well as experimental work that examines how experience and learning affects behavior in standard auctions. 

Peter Kuhn received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is now serving as Chairman of the Economics Department.  His research examines a number of areas within labor economics, including trade unions, discrimination, immigration, displaced workers, unemployment, employment contracts, comparative labor markets, and the effects of information technology on labor markets.  Professor Kuhn has conducted empirical, experimental, and theoretical research in this area.