Texas A&M University




Research interests

Behavioral economics, Public economics, economics of religion, altruism, inequality, taxation

  • Religion: religiously-motivated decision making, identity/identity intersections, religious competition, religious charity

  • Altruism: charitable giving behavior, determinants and consequences of altruism, altruism in market interactions

  • Inequality: perceptions of income inequality, causes of and remedies for poverty


“Charity Begins at Home: A Lab-in-the-Field Experiment on Charitable Giving,” with Catherine C. Eckel and Rick K. Wilson Games, 2018, 9(4), 95.

Working papers

“The Impact of Income, Wealth, and Tax Policy on Charitable Giving” with Jonathan Meer

“Encouraging Human Flourishing through Economic and Religious Liberty” with Art Carden and Steven Castello

Works in progress

“Religion, Punishment, and Giving Norms in a Modified Public Goods Game”