Stefano DellaVigna, Professor

Closed (1) Early-Stage Research in Behavioral Economics and Applied Micro

Applications for Fall 2017 are now closed for this project.

This URAP project exposes the students to 2-3 ongoing projects that the professor (Stefano) is working on. The idea of this URAP group is to provide a sampling of research at the frontier in applied behavioral economics and in other areas of applied microeconomics that Stefano works on.

As such, the URAP group complements the work in the economics classes, which provide the basic material. Also, the exposure to multiple projects, as opposed to one, ensures a broader take on research projects. Warning: This intellectual ride includes exploring projects that will end up nowhere -- no way to tell ex ante! (As a colleague says, this is why it is called "re-search": it consists of a continual search for good questions and equally good answers.)

For example, students in past semesters worked on: (i) the impact of violent movies on crime; (ii) eliciting what researchers (and laypeople) expect for future research findings; (iii) job search by unemployed people when there is reference dependence.

The URAP group -- typically 6-10 people -- meets with Stefano once a week for about an hour. Together we discuss the progress for the week. Afterwards, there is an individual assignment for 6-9 hours that each students completes individually. Examples are brainstorming about how to implement an idea, collecting data online, and proof-reading a paper.

For this semester, for your URAP application please read (parts of) https://eml.berkeley.edu/~sdellavi/wp/ExpertsMay17JPE.pdf
and submit in your write-up 2-3 paragraphs about the paper, including for example: (i) how one could extend this methodology; (ii) what you found interesting (or not) about it; (iii) what was unclear from the paper. I am interested in how you think through the paper, not in a pure summary of it.


There are no specific requirements, but exposure to economics classes helps.

Qualifications: There are no specific requirements, but exposure to economics classes helps.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs