Texas A&M University




Research interests

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

  • 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

“Income, Wealth, and Charitable Giving” with Jonathan Meer

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

Works in progress

"Informative Fundraising: The Signaling Value of Seed Money and Matching Gifts” with Piruz Saboury, Silvana Krasteva, and Marco Palma

Religion and punishment in a modified public goods game