Traditional economic theory assumes people think and act in rational, self-interested, consistent ways. But in the real world that’s not necessarily the case. Justin Sydnor’s research applies a new behavioral approach to problems and markets.
His research interests include: understanding how people make insurance choices, exploring the interaction of incentives and commitment devices in situations where self-control problems arise, issues of discrimination, and generally understanding how individual decision-making biases play out in market settings.Personal Website
PhD, University of California, 2006
Initially Appointed: 2006
BA, University of Wisconsin, 2001
Psychology and Economics, Applied Microeconomics, (Behavioral) Industrial Organization, Insurance Markets, Risk and Decision-making
Psychology and Economics, Industrial Organization, Microeconomics, Game Theory
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- Sydnor, J., Wharton, D. P.
Geographic Variation in the Gender Differences in Test Scores
Journal of Economics Perspectives.
- Carrera, M., Royer, H., Stehr, M., Sydnor, J.
Can Financial Incentives Help People Trying to Establish New Habits? Experimental Evidence with New Gym Members
Journal of Health Economics.
- Sydnor, J., Wharton, D.
What's in a Picture? Evidence of Discrimination from Prosper.com
Journal of Human Resources.
- Sydnor, J.
(Over)Insuring Modest Risks
American Economic Journal: Applied.
- Lewis-Progressive Fellow , Weatherhead School of Management. (2009).
- Weathehead Undergraduate Teaching Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2009).