Dr Simon D Halliday

B Soc, B Com, M Comm, MA, PhD

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Research interests

My research ranges across behavioral economics, microeconomics, and economics education.

In behavioral economics, my research is largely to do with understanding the ambit of social preferences in different contexts, from trust and reciprocity in principal-agent relationships (Burdin, Halliday, and Landini, 2018) to more recent work on deception (Halliday, Lafky and Wilson, working paper; Halliday and Koulouh, working paper).

In economics education, one of my main projects has been an intermediate microeconomics textbook, Microeconomics: Competion, Conflict, and Coordination co-authored with Samuel Bowles. The book is being published in 2021 with Oxford University Press. In economics education more broadly, I have wide ranging interests covering the role of data and reproducibility in undergraduate education (Halliday, 2019 and Dvorak, Halliday, O'Hara and Swoboda, 2019), to more recent work on teaching social preferences and teaching inequality (a working paper with Brookes-Gray, Cohn, and Diana). Another project merges these interests in trying to understand whether studying economics makes student more selfish as a consequence of studying economics (it does not; see the working paper with Girardi, Madhurika, and Bowles).

I also have a variety of work in applied micro (on climate change and work substitution in South Africa with Brookes-Gray and Taraz), a project on job match, wages and job satisfaction (with Kaufman and Yu) alongside newer work incorporating machine learning (topic modeling) in understanding the trajectory of economics in the C20th and C21st (with Bowles, Carlin, and Subranyam). 

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