Sera Linardi

Assistant Professor
3425 Posvar Hall
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Curriculum vitae


  • California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA Ph.D. in Social Science (Economics), June 2010
  • Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA B.S., Computer Science, January 1999


Dr. Sera Linardi joined GSPIA in 2010 after receiving her PhD in Social Science from California Institute of Technology. Before pursuing her graduate degree she was a computer scientist at the Core Technology group at Adobe Systems in San Jose, CA, working on the PDF language. She has received research grants and fellowships from NYU-Abu Dhabi, the Hewlett Foundation, Integrative Social Science Research Initiative, Jeffrey Mora Endowed Faculty Resource Fund, and Caltech Social and Information Sciences Laboratory. She is interested in organizational issue in the nonprofit and public sector, and have collaborated with homeless shelters, nonprofits, and technology firms, often through field and laboratory experiments.

Teaching and Research Areas

Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Nonprofit sector, Prediction and Aggregation.

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • "The Psychology of Ethnic Bias: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" with Luke Condra, conditionally accepted at Journal of Politics.  
  • "Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the the Influence of Religious Authority in Afghanistan," with Luke Condra and Mohammad Isaqzaeh, British Journal of Political Science (2017).
  • “Awareness of Low Self-Control: Theory and Evidence from a Homeless Shelter” with Elif Incekara Halafir, forthcoming at Journal of Economic Psychology (2017).
  • “Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the Influence of Religious Authority in Afghanistan”, with Luke Condra and Mohammad Isaqzadeh, forthcoming at British Journal of Political Science (2016 co-winner of MPSA Best Paper in Comparative Politics).

  •  “Accounting for Noise in the Microfoundation of Information Aggregation”, Games and Economic Behavior (2017), 101, pp. 334-353
  • “Peer Coordination and Communication Following Disaster Warnings: An Experimental Framework”, Safety Science (2016), 90, pp. 24-32
  •  “Wallflowers: Experimental Evidence of an Aversion to Standing Out” with Daniel Jones, Management Science (2014), 60 (7), pp. 1757-1771
  • “Competition as a Savings Incentive: A Field Experiment at a Homeless Shelter” with Tomomi Tanaka, Journal of Economics Behavior and Organization (2013), 95, pp. 240-251 
  • “No Excuses for Good Behavior: Volunteering and the Social Environment” with Margaret Anne McConnell. Journal of Public Economics, (June 2011), 95, 5-6, pp 445-454
  • “Prediction Markets: Alternative Mechanisms for Complex Environments with Few Traders” with PJ Healy, Richard Lowery, and John Ledyard. Management Science (2010), 56 (11), pp. 1977-1996.


  • Data Visualization in R for Public Policy (PIA 2096)
  • Game Theory and Behavioral Economics (PIA 2202)
  • Experiments in Public Policy (PIA 2206)
  • Quantitative Methods II (PIA 2023 / 3000)
  • Microeconomics I (PIA 2025)
  • GSPIA Math Camp & Amazing Analytics Race

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • 2016 co-winner of MPSA Best Paper in Comparative Politics: Clerics and Scriptures
  • Referee for American Economic Review, Econometrica, Economic Inquiry, Experimental Economics, Labour Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Public Economics, Management Science, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Review for Economic Design, Review of Economic Studies, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, the B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.
  • Grant reviewer for National Science Foundation, TESS (Time-sharing Experiment for Social Sciences)

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