The collection highlights some of the research being undertaken by Bill Harbaugh, Associate Professor, UO Economics Department.

W. T. Harbaugh

William T. Harbaugh

538 PLC
University of Oregon

Economics Department

Eugene, Oregon 97403-1285


Phone: 541-346-1244
Fax: 541-346-1243


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Recent Submissions

  • Menstrual Cycle and Performance Feedback Alter Gender Differences in Competitive Choices 

    Wozniak, David; Harbaugh, William; Mayr, Ulrich, 1962- (University of Oregon, Dept of Economics, 2010-10-28)
    Economic experiments have shown that in mixed gender groups women are more reluctant than men to choose tournaments when given the choice between piece rate and winner-take-all tournament style compensation. These gender ...
  • An Experimental Test of Criminal Behavior Among Juveniles and Young Adults 

    Visser, Michael Scott, 1976-; Harbaugh, William; Mocan, H. Naci (University of Oregon, Dept of Economics, 2006-08)
    We report results from economic experiments that provide a direct test of the hypothesis that criminal behavior responds rationally to changes in the possible rewards and in the probability and severity of punishment. ...
  • Risk Attitudes of Children and Adults : Choices over Small and Large Probability Gains and Losses 

    Harbaugh, William; Krause, Kate; Vesterlund, Lise (2001-11-05)
    In this paper we examine how risk attitudes change with age. We present participants from age 5 to 64 with choices between simple gambles and the expected value of the gambles. The gambles are over both gains and losses, ...
  • Trust in Children 

    Liday, Steven G.; Vesterlund, Lise; Harbaugh, William; Krause, Kate (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2002-03-22)
    In this paper we study trust/reciprocity behavior in children ages eight to eighteen using an augmented version of Berg et al.â s (1995) trust game. This study is intended to inspect and reveal when certain aspects of ...
  • Demonstrating worker quality through strategic absenteeism 

    Harbaugh, William; Nouweland, Anne van den (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2002-06-14)
    Determining the productivity of individual workers engaged in team production is difficult. Monitoring expenses may be high, or the observable output of the entire team may be some single product. One way to collect ...
  • Bargaining by Children 

    Liday, Steven G.; Harbaugh, William; Krause, Kate (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2002-07-20)
    We study the development of bargaining behavior in children age seven through 18, using ultimatum and dictator games. We find that bargaining behavior changes substantially with age and that most of this change appears to ...
  • Prospect Theory in Choice and Pricing Tasks 

    Harbaugh, William; Krause, Kate; Vesterlund, Lise (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2002-07-20)
    The most distinctive prediction of prospect theory is the fourfold pattern (FFP) of risk attitudes. People are said to be (1) risk-seeking over low-probability gains, (2) risk-averse over low-probability losses, (3) ...
  • The Carrot or the Stick: Rewards, Punishments, and Cooperation 

    Andreoni, James; Harbaugh, William; Vesterlund, Lise (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2002-08-20)
    We examine rewards and punishments in a simple proposer-responder game. The proposer first makes an offer to split a fixed-sized pie. According to the 2×2 design, the responder is or is not given a costly option of increasing ...
  • Valuing Children’s Health and Life: What Does Economic Theory Say About Including Parental and Societal Willingness To Pay? 

    Harbaugh, William (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2001-06-01)
    Governments can and do adopt many policies that will improve the health and reduce the mortality risks of children. Given this, estimates of the value of improvements in children’s health and reductions in their mortality ...
  • Economic Experiments That You Can Perform At Home On Your Children 

    Krause, Kate; Harbaugh, William (University of Oregon, Dept. of Economics, 2001-06-01)
    This paper describes some simple economic experiments that can be done using children as subjects. We argue that by conducting experiments on children economists can gain insight into the origins of preferences, the ...