Judd B. Kessler

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania






Working Papers

The Gender Gap in Self-Promotion (with Christine Exley), 2021. Accepted, Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Motivated Errors (with Christine Exley), 2019. Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review.

Information Avoidance and Image Concerns (with Christine Exley), 2021. Revise and Resubmit, Economic Journal.

The Effects of Youth Employment on Crime: Evidence from New York City Lotteries (with Sarah Tahamont, Alexander Gelber, and Adam Isen), 2021. Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Fairness Concerns Are Less Relevant When Agents Are Less Informed (with Jennie Huang and Muriel Niederle), 2021.

Equity Concerns are Narrowly Framed (with Christine Exley), 2021.

The Effects of Letters of Recommendation in the Youth Labor Market (with Sara B. Heller), 2021.

Is Attention Produced Rationally? (with Erin T. Bronchetti, Ellen B. Magenheim, Dmitry Taubinsky, and Eric Zwick), 2020.

Nudging Timely Wage Reporting: Field Experimental Evidence from the United States Supplemental Security Income Program (with C. Yiwei Zhang, Jeffrey Hemmeter, Robert D. Metcalfe, and Robert Weathers), 2021.

Thinking Fast and Slow: Generosity over Time (with Hannu Kivimaki and Muriel Niederle), 2017.

Don't Take 'No' For An Answer: An Experiment With Actual Organ Donor Registrations (with Alvin E. Roth), 2014.

When Will There Be Gift Exchange? Addressing the Lab-Field Debate With Laboratory Gift Exchange Experiments, 2013.

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Social Policy Instruments and the Compliance Environment (with Corinne Low and Monica Singhal), 2021. Forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Short-term fluctuations in incidental happiness and economic decision-making: experimental evidence from a sports bar (with Andrew McClellan, James Nesbit, and Andrew Schotter), 2021. Forthcoming, Experimental Economics.

Can Market Participants Report their Preferences Accurately (Enough)? (with Eric Budish), 2021. Forthcoming, Management Science.

Forgoing Earned Incentives to Signal Pure Motives (with Erika L. Kirgios, Edward H. Chang, Emma E. Levine, and Katherine L. Milkman), 2020. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117 (29): 16891-16897.

Incentivized Resume Rating: Eliciting Employer Preferences without Deception (with Corinne Low and Colin D. Sullivan), 2019. American Economic Review, 109 (11): 3713-3744.

Liquidity Affects Job Choice: Evidence from Teach For America (with Lucas C. Coffman, John J. Conlon, and Clayton R. Featherstone), 2019. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 134 (4): 2203-2236.

Getting the Rich and Powerful to Give (with Katherine L. Milkman and C. Yiwei Zhang), 2019. Management Science, 65 (9): 4049-4062.

The Welfare Effects of Nudges: A Case Study of Energy Use Social Comparisons (with Hunt Allcott), 2019. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11 (1): 236-276.

Field study of charitable giving reveals that reciprocity decays over time (with Amanda Chuan and Katherine L. Milkman), 2018. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (8): 1766-1771.

Identity in Charitable Giving (with Katherine L. Milkman), 2018. Management Science, 64 (2): 845-859.

Announcements of Support and Public Good Provision, 2017. American Economic Review, 107 (12): 3760-3787.

Course Match: A Large-Scale Implementation of Approximate Competitive Equilibrium from Equal Incomes for Combinatorial Allocation (with Eric Budish, Gerard P. Cachon, and Abraham Othman), 2017. Operations Research, 65 (2): 314-336.

Can Social Information Affect What Job You Choose and Keep? (with Lucas C. Coffman and Clayton R. Featherstone), 2017. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9 (1): 96-117.

The Effects of Youth Employment: Evidence from New York City Lotteries (with Alexander Gelber and Adam Isen), 2016. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131 (1): 423-460.

Procedural Fairness and the Cost of Control (with Stephen Leider), 2016. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 32 (4): 685-718.

Tax aversion in labor supply (with Michael I. Norton), 2016. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 124: 15-28.

The articulation effect of government policy: Health insurance mandates versus taxes (with Keith M. Ericson), 2016. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 124: 43-54.

Getting More Organs for Transplantation (with Alvin E. Roth), 2014. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 104 (5): 425-430.

Loopholes undermine donation: An experiment motivated by an organ donation priority loophole in Israel (with Alvin E. Roth), 2014. Journal of Public Economics, 114: 19-28.

Learning from (failed) replications: Cognitive load manipulations and charitable giving (with Stephan Meier), 2014. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 102: 10-13.

Organ Allocation Policy and the Decision to Donate (with Alvin E. Roth), 2012. American Economic Review, 102 (5): 2018-2047.

Norms and Contracting (with Stephen Leider), 2012. Management Science, 58 (1): 62-77.

Health Economics and Health Policy Papers

A randomized trial of theory-informed appeals for organ donor registration using internet advertisements (with Peter P. Reese et al.). 2020. Kidney International Reports.

Partners and Alerts in Medication Adherence: A Randomized Clinical Trial (with Kevin G. Volpp et al.). 2018. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 33 (9): 1536-1542.

A behavioral blueprint for improving health care policy (with George Loewenstein et al.), 2017. Behavioral Science & Policy: 5 (1): 53-66.

Incentivizing Organ Donor Registrations With Organ Allocation Priority (with Avraham Stoler, Tamar Ashkenazi, Alvin E. Roth, and Jacob Lavee), 2017. Health Economics, 26 (4): 500-510.

Incentivizing Authorization for Deceased Organ Donation with Organ Allocation Priority: The First Five Years (with Avraham Stoler, Tamar Ashkenazi, Alvin E. Roth, and Jacob Lavee), 2016. American Journal of Transplantation. 16 (9): 2639-2645.

Using Behavioral Economics to Design Physician Incentives That Deliver High-Value Care (with Ezekiel J. Emanuel et al.), 2016. Annals of Internal Medicine 164 (2): 114-119.

Two Randomized Controlled Pilot Trials of Social Forces to Improve Statin Adherence among Patients with Diabetes (with Peter P. Reese et al.), 2015. Journal of General Internal Medicine: 1-9.

Book Chapters

How To Allocate Slots: the Market Design of Summer Youth Employment Programs (with Sara B. Heller). Fair by Design: Economic Design Approaches to Inequality, Edited by Scott D. Kominers and Alex Teytelboym, Oxford University Press.

External Validity of Laboratory Experiments: The Misleading Emphasis on Quantitative Effects (with Lise Vesterlund), 2015. Handbook of Experimental Economics Methodology, Edited by Guillaume Frechette and Andrew Schotter, Oxford University Press.

Behavioural Economics and Health (with C. Yiwei Zhang), 2015. Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health, Sixth Edition, Edited by Rogers Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, and Chorh Chuan Tan, Oxford University Press.

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