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Dr Jingnan Chen

Dr Jingnan Chen

Lecturer in Economics

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+44 (0) 1392 726294

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Dr. Jingnan Chen joined the Business School in September 2014 as Lecturer in Economics from the Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES) at George Mason University, where she earned her doctoral degree.

Nationality: Chinese

Qualifications

  • BS in Finance (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • MA & Ph.D in Economics (George Mason University)

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Research interests

  • Game Theory
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioural Economics

Deception is part of many important economic interactions, for example, insurance claims, job interviews, labor negotiations, regulatory hearing, and tax compliance. In those settings, people may increase their expected material gain by providing information that they believe to be false, a behavior predicted by standard economic theory. Yet, life experience as well as recent academic literatures shows that sometimes people do tell the truth at a cost to self. This stands in contrast to standard economic theory predictions. To better understand these behaviors, my current research focuses on deception and commitment within the context of free-style communication, and contribute to our understanding of deception and promises (e.g.Gneezy (2005), Charness and Dufwenberg (2006), Gibson et al.(2013)).

My research combines experimental methodology, game theory and insights from psychology and sociology. With those tools, I am able to further my understanding of pro-social behaviors (particularly deception and promises). My research involves testing implications of relevant behavioral theories, devising mechanism to foster pro-social behaviors, and identifying the limits of such mechanism.

 

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Chen J, Houser D (2017). Promises and lies: can observers detect deception in written messages. Experimental Economics, 20(2), 396-419. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Chen J, Houser D, Montinari N, Piovesan M (2016). Beware of popular kids bearing gifts: a framed field experiment. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 132, 104-120. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Chen J, Houser D (2012). Non-human Primate Studies Inform the Foundation of Fair and Just Human Institutions. Social Justice Research, 25(3), 277-297.

Chapters

Chen J, Houser D, Christie A (2014). Ethics and Advances in Economic Science: the Role of Two Norms. In DeMartino G, McCloskey D (Eds.) The Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics, Oxford University Press.

Publications by year


2017

Chen J, Houser D (2017). Promises and lies: can observers detect deception in written messages. Experimental Economics, 20(2), 396-419. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2016

Chen J, Houser D, Montinari N, Piovesan M (2016). Beware of popular kids bearing gifts: a framed field experiment. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 132, 104-120. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2014

Chen J, Houser D (2014). Broken Contracts and Hidden Partnerships: Theory and Experiment.  Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Chen J, Houser D, Christie A (2014). Ethics and Advances in Economic Science: the Role of Two Norms. In DeMartino G, McCloskey D (Eds.) The Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics, Oxford University Press.

2012

Chen J, Houser D (2012). Non-human Primate Studies Inform the Foundation of Fair and Just Human Institutions. Social Justice Research, 25(3), 277-297.