Jonathan Woon

Associate Professor, Political Science and Economics
Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Lab
University of Pittsburgh

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University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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I conduct research in experimental and behavioral political economy. Using incentivized laboratory experiments, my work investigates a number of central issues about democratic politics, including electoral accountability, diversity and candidate emergence, and strategic communication. This work is conducted at the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL), where I am a core faculty member. I have also used observational data combined with formal models to conduct novel tests of theories of political parties' reputations, congressional behavior, and influence on lawmaking. 

My work on the gender gap in candidate emergence (with my colleague Kristin Kanthak) is funded by the National Science Foundation and has been featured in the media: An important feature of my research agenda is to explore the boundary between classical and bounded rationality and to demonstrate how models based on a variety of behavioral underpinnings can be useful for understanding politics. Consistent with this end, I have co-organized the Behavioral Models of Politics Conference (Pittsburgh 2013, Duke 2014) to bring together and promote the work of other scholars who share similar interests in exploring models and model-based empirical analyses that depart from standard assumptions.  

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updated March 10, 2015