Current Openings

A game-theoretic explanation for the quirks of altruism: testing and using the theory

Faculty Member: Daniel Gilbert/Bethany Burum

 

Why do people give when asked, but actively avoid situations in which they will be asked? Choose to remain ignorant of information that would allow them to better help others? Pay relatively little attention to how much good they do with their giving? This experimental research program uses lab experiments to test a game theoretic explanation for why we give and why our giving has so many puzzling features. We also seek to demonstrate the ways that the emotions and ideologies that

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High-Impact Research in Decision Science

Faculty Member: Jennifer S. Lerner

Dr. Jennifer S. Lerner is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-founder of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory. Drawing insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, her research examines human judgment and decision making. As an undergraduate research assistant, you would work with Dr. Lerner and her team on a variety of projects relevant to economics, finance, public health, and national security. Read more about High-Impact Research in Decision Science

Reducing Academic Inequalities Among Diverse Adolescents through Envisioning a Meaningful Future and Postsecondary Planning

Faculty Member: Professor Nancy Hill

The project is based in a partnership between our research team at Harvard Graduate School of Education & Boston College and a local school district. We are focused on understanding how to improve academic achievement and close demographic gaps in achievement by identifying ways to increase students’ connections to school, engagement in school, and help youth understand how school and education will assist them in pursuing their goals. Read more about Reducing Academic Inequalities Among Diverse Adolescents through Envisioning a Meaningful Future and Postsecondary Planning