Seda Ertac
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I am a professor of economics at Koc University. In my research, I use lab and field experiments to study questions in the economics of education, gender, preferences, and information, with both adults and children. Another part of my agenda aims at understanding the neural basis of economic behavior.

Contact: sertac@ku.edu.tr
Phone:+90(212)338-1880
Koc University
Rumeli Feneri Yolu, Sariyer 34450
Istanbul, Turkey

Recent PUBLICATIONS

  • Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit (with Sule Alan and Teodora Boneva), forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Economics Paper Online Appendix Media

  • Understanding Gender Differences in Leadership (with Sule Alan, Elif Kubilay and Gyongyi Loranth) Economic Journal (accepted) Paper

  • Demand for Autonomy and Desire to Avoid Responsibility in Risky Environments: Experimental Evidence (with Mert Gumren and Mehmet Y. Gurdal) Journal of Economic Psychology (2019) Paper

  • Strategic Feedback in Teams: Theory and Experimental Evidence (with Mert Gumren and Levent Kockesen), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2019) Paper

  • Cheating and Incentives in a Performance Context: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Children (with Sule Alan and Mert Gumren), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2019) Paper

  • Preference Communication and Leadership in Group Decision-Making (with Mehmet Y. Gurdal), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (2019) Paper

  • Fostering Patience in the Classroom: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention (with Sule Alan), Journal of Political Economy (2018), 126(5), 1865-1911. Paper Online Appendix

  • Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom and Effects on Achievement (with Sule Alan and Ipek Mumcu), Review of Economics and Statistics (2018). Paper

  • Mitigating the Gender Gap in the Willingness to Compete: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment (with Sule Alan), Journal of the European Economic Association (2018), 17(4), 1147-1185. Paper

  • On the Cultural Basis of Gender Differences in Negotiation (with Steffen Andersen, Uri Gneezy, John A. List, Sandra Maximiano), Experimental Economics (2018), 21 (4), 757-778. Paper

Publications

  1. Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit (with Sule Alan and Teodora Boneva), forthcoming, Quarterly Journal of Economics Paper Online Appendix Media

  2. Understanding Gender Differences in Leadership (with Sule Alan, Elif Kubilay and Gyongyi Loranth) Economic Journal (accepted) Paper

  3. Demand for Autonomy and Desire to Avoid Responsibility in Risky Environments: Experimental Evidence (with Mert Gumren and Mehmet Y. Gurdal) Journal of Economic Psychology (2019) Paper

  4. Strategic Feedback in Teams: Theory and Experimental Evidence (with Mert Gumren and Levent Kockesen), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2019) Paper

  5. Cheating and Incentives in a Performance Context: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Children (with Sule Alan and Mert Gumren), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2019) Paper

  6. Preference Communication and Leadership in Group Decision-Making (with Mehmet Y. Gurdal), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (2019) Paper

  7. Fostering Patience in the Classroom: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention (with Sule Alan), Journal of Political Economy (2018), 126(5), 1865-1911. Paper Online Appendix

  8. Gender Stereotypes in the Classroom and Effects on Achievement (with Sule Alan and Ipek Mumcu), Review of Economics and Statistics (2018). Paper

  9. Mitigating the Gender Gap in the Willingness to Compete: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment (with Sule Alan), Journal of the European Economic Association (2018), 17(4), 1147-1185. Paper

  10. On the Cultural Basis of Gender Differences in Negotiation (with Steffen Andersen, Uri Gneezy, John A. List, Sandra Maximiano), Experimental Economics (2018), 21 (4), 757-778. Paper

  11. Transmission of Risk Preferences from Mothers to Daughters (with Sule Alan, Nazli Baydar, Teodora Boneva, and Thomas F. Crossley), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2017) 134, 60-77. Paper

  12. The Role of Verifiability and Privacy in the Strategic Provision of Performance Feedback: Theory and Experiments (with Levent Kockesen and Duygu Ozdemir), Games and Economic Behavior (2016) 100, 24-45. Paper

  13. Experienced traders modulate anterior insula to reduce the endowment effect (with Lester Tong, Kentaro Asai, Karen J. Ye, John A. List, Howard C. Nusbaum, and Ali Hortacsu) Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences (2016), 113(33), 9238–9243. Paper

  14. Patience, Self-Control and the Demand for Commitment: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment (with Sule Alan) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2015), 115, pp. 111–122. Paper

  15. Gender, Competitiveness and Socialization at a Young Age: Evidence from a Matrilineal and a Patriarchal Society (with Steffen Andersen, Sandra Maximiano, Uri Gneezy and John A. List), Review of Economics and Statistics (2013), 95(4), pp. 1438-1443. Paper

  16. Deciding to Decide: Gender, Leadership and Risk-Taking in Groups (with Mehmet Y. Gurdal), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2012), 83(1), pp.24-30. Paper

  17. Stakes Matter in Ultimatum Games (with Steffen Andersen, Uri Gneezy, Moshe Hoffman and John A. List), American Economic Review (2011), 101, pp. 3427-3439. Paper

  18. Does Self-Relevance Affect Information Processing? Experimental Evidence on the Response to Performance and Non-Performance Feedback, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2011), 80(3), pp. 532-545. Paper

  19. Entry into Auctions: An Experimental Study (with Ali Hortacsu and James Roberts), International Journal of Industrial Organization (2011), 29(2), pp 168-178. Paper

  20. Mental Attributes and Temporal Brain Dynamics during Bargaining: EEG Source Localization and Neuroinformatic Mapping (with Burak Guclu, Ali Hortacsu, and John A. List) Social Neuroscience (2012), 7(2), pp. 159-177. Paper

  21. Determinants of Private Savings Behavior in Turkey, Applied Economics (2003), 35(12), pp.1405-1416 (joint with K. Metin-Ozcan and A. Gunay) Paper


Working Papers

  1. Belief in Hard Work and Altruism: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment (with Sule Alan) [under review] Paper

  2. Personality, Group Decision-Making and Leadership (with Mehmet Y. Gurdal), ERF Working Paper No. 1227 Paper

  3. The Effect of Information on Gender Differences in Competitiveness: Experimental Evidence (with Balazs Szentes), ERF Working Paper No. 1104. Paper

  4. Social Comparisons and Optimal Information Revelation: Theory and Experiments Paper


Book Chapter

  1. Experimental Economics (2010), in Free, R. (Ed.) 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook, SAGE Publishers, Thousand Oaks, California (with Sandra Maximiano).


Work in Progress

  1. An Economic Approach to Curiosity: Measurement and Correlates (with Sule Alan)

  2. Can Female Role Models Improve Occupational Aspirations? A Randomized-Controlled Intervention (with Sule Alan and Nergis Zaim)

  3. Group Decision-Making Under Risk: Evidence from Children (with Sule Alan, Yigit Gurdal and Elif Kubilay)

  4. The Effects of Exposure to Competition and Performance Feedback on Gender Differences in Competitiveness (with Sandra Maximiano)

  5. Rubinstein Meets Abraham: An Empirical Study of Sequential Offer Bargaining During the Festival of Sacrifice (with Burak Dindaroglu)