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College of Business and Public Policy

Charitable Giving and Experimental Economics



John List

The University of Chicago

John List is the Homer J. Livingston Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago.  He is passionate about developing experimental methods as well as economic theory, and has utilized several markets, including charitable fundraisers, in order to address positive and normative issues.  Recently, he has delved into large scale field experiments to investigate charitable giving.


Jim Andreoni

University of California,

San Diego

Jim Andreoni is Professor of Economics at the University of California in San Diego. His research focuses on public economics (including philanthropic giving and fundraising) as well as experimental research focused on altruism, trust issues, public goods, and gender differences in philanthropic behavior.


Jeff Carpenter

Middlebury College

Jeff Carpenter is a Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, and research fellow at IZA. His research interests include behavioral, personnel and public economics. Most recently, he has examined the links between firm organization and worker motivation. However, much of his effort has been devoted to designing and testing auctions to raise money for charity.


Catherine Eckel is a Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University.  Her research interests bridge economics, psychology and sociology. Using experimental methods in the lab and the field, she has investigated differences in the behavior of women and men, gender- and race-based discrimination, charitable giving, and attitudes toward risk, among other topics.


Min Lee is the Director of Philanthropic Initiatives at the Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation. He utilizes a thorough due diligence process to evaluate potential recipients of funding. Dr. Lee employs economics reasoning and approaches, such as randomized control studies, to evaluate the effectiveness of programs of interest.  

Catherine Eckel

Texas A&M University

Min Lee

Kenneth and Anne Griffin Foundation