Texas A&M University




Research interests

Behavioral economics, Public economics, economics of religion, altruism, inequality, tax policy

  • 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


“Tax Prices and Charitable Giving: Changes in Donations Under the 2017 TCJA,” with Jonathan Meer, Tax Policy & the Economy (forthcoming)

“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

“Generosity Across the Income and Wealth Distributions” with Jonathan Meer

“Encouraging Human Flourishing through Economic and Religious Liberty” with Art Carden and Steven Castello (R&R at Journal of Private Enterprise)

Works in progress

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