Professor Robert Slonim

BA Berkeley, MBA Berkeley, PhD Duke
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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Professor Slonim came to Sydney in 2008 from the Weatherhead School of Management (CWRU) Cleveland Ohio, where he held the position of Associate Professor. He holds a PhD from Duke University and an MBA from the University of California Berkeley. Professor Slonim is best recognised as a pioneer in the area of experimental economics and has written extensively on learning, trust and the economics of education. Professor Slonim has been very innovative in his use of experimental methods that have both theoretical importance and have also represented important findings for matters of public policy. He is currently working with the Red Cross and blood donation centres around the world to better understand blood donation motivation and behaviour.

Professor Slonim has organised several conferences in Behavioural and Experimental Economics and has presented around the world in excess of seventy-five times on topics such as game theory, designing incentives, trust, learning, the economics of education, blood donor motivation and reciprocity in labour markets. Professor Slonim is an Advisory Editor for Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, has been a panellist for the National Science Foundation and has been an ad hoc Reviewer for many well respected journals including the American Economic Review, Econometrica and the Journal of Political Economy. Professor Slonim has received many prestigious grants including two from the US National Science Foundation and a discovery grant from the Australian Research Council for his research on understanding and motivating blood donations. He has also recently been invited to be research fellow with IZA, the Institute for the Study of Labor Economics.

Associations

IZA Research Fellow

Recent & Forthcoming Publications

  • Iajya, V.,Lacetera, N., Macis, M.and Slonim, R.,(2013), “The effects of Information, Social and Economic Incentives on Voluntary Undirected Blood Donations: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Argentina, Social Science and Medicine, 98, 214-233

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). Economic Rewards to Motivate Blood Donations. Science, 340(6135), 927-928. Summary; Reprint; Full Text

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M.and Slonim, R.,(2013), “Rewarding Volunteers: A Field Experiment,”, Management Science, July 2013. Forthcoming.

  • Slonim, R., Wang, C.and Garbarino, E.(2013), “The Market for Blood Donations,”Journal of Economic Perspectives. Forthcoming.

  • Lilley, A., and Slonim, R.,(2013). The Price of Warm Glow,” Journal of Public Economics. Forthcoming.

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M.and Slonim, R., (2013), "To the editor: On the importance of unconditional rewards for blood donations," Clinical Chemistry. Forthcoming.

  • Guillen, P., Merrett, D. and Slonim, R. A new solution for the moral hazard problem in team production, Management Science. Forthcoming.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Social influence and registry design to motivate blood donations; Slonim R, Garbarino E, Wang C; Science of Philanthropy Initiative/Research Support.

2010

  • Field experiments motivated by behavioral economics to understand prosocial behaviour and improve blood supply; Slonim R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2009

  • Field Experiments on Incentives and Blood Donations; Slonim R, Lacetera N, Macis M; National Science Foundation/Social Science Research Grant.
  • Effects of appointment scheduling on commitment to donate and satisfaction with donation experience; Slonim R, Garbarino E; Australian Red Cross Blood Service/Research Support.

2002

  • Experimental Economics to study Educational Vouchers; Slonim R, Bettinger E; National Science Foundation/Social Science Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Slonim, R., Bettinger, E. (2004). The Effect of Educational Vouchers on Confidence: A Field Experiment to Assess Outcomes of Educational Policy. In Glenn W. Harrison, Jeffrey Carpenter and John A. List (Eds.), Research in Experimental Economics: Field Experiments in Economics, (pp. 291-335). The Netherlands: Elsevier.

Journals

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2014). Rewarding Volunteers: A Field Experiment. Management Science.
  • Slonim, R., Lilley, A. (2014). The price of warm glow. Journal of Public Economics.
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). A critical comment on Niza, Tung and Marteu’s “Incentivizing Blood Donation: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis to Test Titmuss’ Hypotheses�? Health Psychology, 32(9).
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). Economic Rewards to Motivate Blood Donations. Science, 340(6135), 927-928. [More Information]
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). In Defense of WHO's Blood Donation Policy—Response. Science, 342(6159), 692-692. [More Information]
  • Cleave, B., Nikiforakis, N., Slonim, R. (2013). Is there selection bias in laboratory experiments? The case of social and risk preferences. Experimental Economics, 16(3), 372-382. [More Information]
  • Slonim, R., Wang, C., Garbarino, E., Merrett, D. (2013). Opting-in: Participation bias in economic experiments. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90, 43-70. [More Information]
  • Iajya, V., Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). The effects of information, social and financial incentives on voluntary undirected blood donations: Evidence from a field experiment in Argentina. Social Science and Medicine, 98, 214-223. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R., Wang, C. (2013). The multidimensional effects of a small gift: Evidence from a natural field experiment. Economics Letters, 120(1), 83-86. [More Information]
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). The Value of Incentives in Blood Donation—Response. Science, 341(6142), 129-129. [More Information]
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2012). Will There Be Blood? Incentives and Displacement Effects in Pro-social Behavior. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(1), 186-223. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R., Sydnor, J. (2011). Digit Ratios (2D:4D) as Predictors of Risky Decision Making for Both Sexes. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 42(1), 1-26. [More Information]
  • Cairns, J., Slonim, R. (2011). Substitution Effects in Charitable Donations. Economics Letters, 111(2), 173-175. [More Information]
  • Slonim, R., Guillen, P. (2010). Gender selection discrimination: Evidence from a trust game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 76(2), 385-405. [More Information]
  • Slonim, R., Garbarino, E. (2009). Similarities and Differences between Stockpiling and Reference Effects. Managerial and Decision Economics: the international journal of research and progress in management economics, 30(6), 351-371. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R. (2009). The Robustness of Trust and Reciprocity across a Heterogeneous US Population. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 69(3), 226-240. [More Information]
  • Slonim, R., Garbarino, E. (2008). Increases in trust and altruism from partner selection: experimental evidence. Experimental Economics, 11(2), 134-153. [More Information]
  • Erev, I., Roth, A., Slonim, R., Barron, G. (2007). Learning and equilibrium as useful approximations: accuracy of prediction on randomly selected constant sum games. Economic Theory, 33(1), 29-51. [More Information]
  • Bettinger, E., Slonim, R. (2007). Patience Among Children. Journal of Public Economics, 91(1-2), 343-363.
  • Slonim, R., Bettinger, E., Carlson, J. (2007). Possession and Discounting Behavior. Economics Letters, 97(3), 215-221. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R. (2007). Preferences and Decision Errors in the Winner's Curse. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 34(3), 241-257. [More Information]
  • Engle-Warnick, J., Slonim, R. (2006). Inferring Repeated Game Strategies from Actions: Evidence from Trust Game Experiments. Economic Theory, 28(3), 603-632. [More Information]
  • Engle-Warnick, J., Slonim, R. (2006). Learning to Trust in Indefinitely Repeated Games. Games and Economic Behavior, 54(1), 95-114. [More Information]
  • Bettinger, E., Slonim, R. (2006). Using Experimental Economics to Measure the Effects of a Natural Educational Experiment on Altruism. Journal of Public Economics, 90(8-9), 1625-1648.
  • Slonim, R. (2005). Competing against Experienced and Inexperienced Players. Experimental Economics, 8(1), 55-75. [More Information]
  • Engle-Warnick, J., Slonim, R. (2004). The Evolution of Strategies in a repeated trust Game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 55(4), 553-573. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R. (2003). Interrelationships and Distinct Effects of Internal Reference Prices on Perceived Expensiveness and Demand. Psychology and Marketing, 20(3), 227-248. [More Information]
  • Erev, I., Roth, A., Slonim, R., Barron, G. (2002). Predictive Value and the Usefulness of Game Theoretic Models. International Journal of Forecasting, 18(3), 359-368.

2014

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2014). Rewarding Volunteers: A Field Experiment. Management Science.
  • Slonim, R., Lilley, A. (2014). The price of warm glow. Journal of Public Economics.

2013

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). A critical comment on Niza, Tung and Marteu’s “Incentivizing Blood Donation: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis to Test Titmuss’ Hypotheses�? Health Psychology, 32(9).
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). Economic Rewards to Motivate Blood Donations. Science, 340(6135), 927-928. [More Information]
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). In Defense of WHO's Blood Donation Policy—Response. Science, 342(6159), 692-692. [More Information]
  • Cleave, B., Nikiforakis, N., Slonim, R. (2013). Is there selection bias in laboratory experiments? The case of social and risk preferences. Experimental Economics, 16(3), 372-382. [More Information]
  • Slonim, R., Wang, C., Garbarino, E., Merrett, D. (2013). Opting-in: Participation bias in economic experiments. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90, 43-70. [More Information]
  • Iajya, V., Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). The effects of information, social and financial incentives on voluntary undirected blood donations: Evidence from a field experiment in Argentina. Social Science and Medicine, 98, 214-223. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R., Wang, C. (2013). The multidimensional effects of a small gift: Evidence from a natural field experiment. Economics Letters, 120(1), 83-86. [More Information]
  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2013). The Value of Incentives in Blood Donation—Response. Science, 341(6142), 129-129. [More Information]

2012

  • Lacetera, N., Macis, M., Slonim, R. (2012). Will There Be Blood? Incentives and Displacement Effects in Pro-social Behavior. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 4(1), 186-223. [More Information]

2011

  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R., Sydnor, J. (2011). Digit Ratios (2D:4D) as Predictors of Risky Decision Making for Both Sexes. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 42(1), 1-26. [More Information]
  • Cairns, J., Slonim, R. (2011). Substitution Effects in Charitable Donations. Economics Letters, 111(2), 173-175. [More Information]

2010

  • Slonim, R., Guillen, P. (2010). Gender selection discrimination: Evidence from a trust game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 76(2), 385-405. [More Information]

2009

  • Slonim, R., Garbarino, E. (2009). Similarities and Differences between Stockpiling and Reference Effects. Managerial and Decision Economics: the international journal of research and progress in management economics, 30(6), 351-371. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R. (2009). The Robustness of Trust and Reciprocity across a Heterogeneous US Population. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 69(3), 226-240. [More Information]

2008

  • Slonim, R., Garbarino, E. (2008). Increases in trust and altruism from partner selection: experimental evidence. Experimental Economics, 11(2), 134-153. [More Information]

2007

  • Erev, I., Roth, A., Slonim, R., Barron, G. (2007). Learning and equilibrium as useful approximations: accuracy of prediction on randomly selected constant sum games. Economic Theory, 33(1), 29-51. [More Information]
  • Bettinger, E., Slonim, R. (2007). Patience Among Children. Journal of Public Economics, 91(1-2), 343-363.
  • Slonim, R., Bettinger, E., Carlson, J. (2007). Possession and Discounting Behavior. Economics Letters, 97(3), 215-221. [More Information]
  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R. (2007). Preferences and Decision Errors in the Winner's Curse. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 34(3), 241-257. [More Information]

2006

  • Engle-Warnick, J., Slonim, R. (2006). Inferring Repeated Game Strategies from Actions: Evidence from Trust Game Experiments. Economic Theory, 28(3), 603-632. [More Information]
  • Engle-Warnick, J., Slonim, R. (2006). Learning to Trust in Indefinitely Repeated Games. Games and Economic Behavior, 54(1), 95-114. [More Information]
  • Bettinger, E., Slonim, R. (2006). Using Experimental Economics to Measure the Effects of a Natural Educational Experiment on Altruism. Journal of Public Economics, 90(8-9), 1625-1648.

2005

  • Slonim, R. (2005). Competing against Experienced and Inexperienced Players. Experimental Economics, 8(1), 55-75. [More Information]

2004

  • Slonim, R., Bettinger, E. (2004). The Effect of Educational Vouchers on Confidence: A Field Experiment to Assess Outcomes of Educational Policy. In Glenn W. Harrison, Jeffrey Carpenter and John A. List (Eds.), Research in Experimental Economics: Field Experiments in Economics, (pp. 291-335). The Netherlands: Elsevier.
  • Engle-Warnick, J., Slonim, R. (2004). The Evolution of Strategies in a repeated trust Game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 55(4), 553-573. [More Information]

2003

  • Garbarino, E., Slonim, R. (2003). Interrelationships and Distinct Effects of Internal Reference Prices on Perceived Expensiveness and Demand. Psychology and Marketing, 20(3), 227-248. [More Information]

2002

  • Erev, I., Roth, A., Slonim, R., Barron, G. (2002). Predictive Value and the Usefulness of Game Theoretic Models. International Journal of Forecasting, 18(3), 359-368.

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