Leeat Yariv, California Institute of Technology

Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Pasadena, California lyariv@hss.caltech.edu Office: (626) 395-8924

Bio/Research

I joined Caltech this past August after three years of assistant professorship at UCLA. My research focuses on psychology and economics, and political economy. While most of my work thus far has been theoretical in nature, I have recently started utilizing experimental methodology.

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Bio/Research

I joined Caltech this past August after three years of assistant professorship at UCLA. My research focuses on psychology and economics, and political economy. While most of my work thus far has been theoretical in nature, I have recently started utilizing experimental methodology.

In the field of psychology and economics, my joint research with David Laibson (Harvard) explores the effects of economic markets on a variety of behavioral regularities detected by psychologists and potentially relevant to investment, consumption, and savings (such as taste for immediate gratification, inability to predict one's own future preferences, etc.). While most psychological studies concentrate on individual behavior, our research is an important contribution in that it embeds psychological behavior in a truly competitive economic environment.


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