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Faculty - Laura Schechter

Associate Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics
E-Mail Address:
Telephone: (608) 262-9482
Fax: (608) 262-4376
Office Address: 334 Taylor Hall
427 Lorch St.Madison, WI  53706
Interests: Development economics; behavioral/experimental economics; risk analysis.
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 in 7430 Social Sciences; Fridays 3:00-4:00 in 334 Taylor Hall
I am an international development economist, and my research lies at the intersection of development economics and behavioral economics. Most of my work uses experiments to help understand behavior in the context of trust and trustworthiness, and risk and vulnerability. I am especially interested in social networks in developing countries, and technology adoption.


Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
B.A., Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

Recent Papers & Publications

  • Finan, Frederico and Laura Schechter. 2012. "Vote-Buying and Reciprocity" Econometrica 80(2):863-881
  • Ligon, Ethan and Laura Schechter. 2012. "Motives for Sharing in Social Networks" Journal of Development Economics 99(1):13-26
  • George Judge and Laura Schechter. 2009. "Detecting Problems in Survey Data using Benford’s Law" Journal of Human Resources 44(1):1-24
  • Laura Schechter. 2007. "Traditional Trust Measurement and the Risk Confound: An Experiment in Rural Paraguay" Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 62(2):272-292
  • Laura Schechter. 2007. "Theft, Gift-Giving, and Trustworthiness: Honesty is its own Reward in Rural Paraguay" American Economic Review 97(5):1560-1582
Last updated on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 2:15pm