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Dr Oliver Hauser

Dr Oliver Hauser

Senior Lecturer in Economics

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

Dr. Oliver Hauser is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Exeter Business School and a Research Fellow at Harvard University. His research focuses on social and economic inequality (including gender and racial discrimination) and cooperative and ethical behaviour. Oliver joined the University of Exeter’s Department of Economics in July 2018, where he is also the Theme Lead for economics and finance at the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and a faculty affiliate of the Centre for Leadership. 

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Previously, Oliver taught and researched at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Extension School. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 2016 and B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Innsbruck in 2010.

Oliver's research can broadly be grouped into two strands:

  • Social and economic inequality: Oliver works with organisations to reduce gender and racial inequality in the workplace through novel behavioural interventions, contributing to our growing understanding of “what works” to give everyone a fair chance to succeed. In addition, he studies the effects that rising income and wealth inequality have on the fabric of society. 
  • Cooperative and ethical behaviour: this strand of research looks at what organisations and society at large can do to promote cooperative and ethical behaviour. For example, Oliver collaborates with governments to reduce tax and social benefits fraud using “nudges” and data analytics. In other work, he is investigating how institutions and norms can help to sustain our planet for future generations.

His work combines game theory with large-scale field experiments, lab experiments, big data and machine learning. He has had the privilege and pleasure to work with some of the world's leading organisations, such as Unilever, BlackRock, Deloitte, GE and Yelp; with governments in the U.K. (Behavioural Insights Team, aka “Nudge Unit”) and Australia, and the New Mexico state government in the U.S.; and charities such as GlobalGiving, DonorsChoose.org and Kiva.

Oliver's research has been published in leading academic journals such as Nature, Nature Human Behaviour, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; practitioners' outlets such as the Harvard Business Review; and it has been covered by popular news outlets such as the Boston Globe and Huffington Post.

As an educator and researcher, Oliver has received several awards and prizes, including Pacific Standard's "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" award, the Wharton People Analytics research competition prize, the Harvard University Richard J. Herrnstein Dissertation Prize, the Harvard John Parker Award, and several Certificates of Distinction in Teaching.

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Harvard), S.M. (Harvard), B.Sc. (Univ. Innsbruck)

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Research interests

  • Cooperation and ethics
  • Social and economic inequity
  • Discrimination and diversity

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Hauser OP, Gino F, Norton M (2019). Budging Beliefs, Nudging Behaviour. Mind and Society, 17, 15-26. Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Kraft-Todd G, Rand DG, Nowak MA, Norton MI (2019). Invisible Inequality Leads to Punishing the Poor and Rewarding the Rich. Behavioural Public Policy, 1-21. Full text. DOI.
Jachimowicz JM, Hauser OP, O'Brien J, Sherman E, Galinsky A (2019). People Use Less Energy When They Think Their Neighbors Care About the Environment. Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser OP, Hilbe C, Chatterjee K, Nowak MA (2019). Social dilemmas among unequals. Nature, 572, 524-527. Full text. DOI.
Satterstrom P, Polzer JT, Kwan LB, Hauser OP, Wiruchnipawan W, Burke M (2019). Thin Slices of Workgroups. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 151, 104-117. Full text. DOI.
Rahwan Z, Hauser OP, Kochanowska E, Fasolo B (2018). High stakes: a little more cheating, a lot less charity. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 152, 276-295. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hauser O (2018). Running out of time. Nature Sustainability Full text.
Jachimowicz JM, Hauser OP, O'Brien JD, Sherman E, Galinsky AD (2018). The critical role of second-order normative beliefs in predicting energy conservation. Nature Human Behaviour, 2 Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Norton MI (2017). (Mis)perceptions of inequality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 21-25. Full text. DOI.
Kettle S, Hernandez M, Sanders M, Hauser O, Ruda S (2017). Failure to CAPTCHA Attention: Null Results from an Honesty Priming Experiment in Guatemala. Behavioral Sciences, 7(4), 28-28. Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Linos E, Rogers T (2017). Innovation with field experiments: Studying organizational behaviors in actual organizations. Research in Organizational Behavior, 37, 185-198. Full text. DOI.
Bouwmeester S, Verkoeijen PPJL, Aczel B, Barbosa F, Bègue L, Brañas-Garza P, Chmura TGH, Cornelissen G, Døssing FS, Espín AM, et al (2017). Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene, and Nowak (2012). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(3), 527-542. Full text. DOI.
Hauser O, Luca M (2016). Good Communication Requires Experimenting with Your Language. Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser O, Kraft-Todd G, Rand D, Nowak M, Norton M (2016). Invisible Inequality Leads to Punishing the Poor and Rewarding the Rich. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016(1). DOI.
Hauser OP, Hendriks A, Rand DG, Nowak MA (2016). Think global, act local: Preserving the global commons. Scientific Reports, 6(1). Full text. DOI.
Hauser O, Luca M (2015). How to Design (and Analyze) a Business Experiment. Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser O, Luca M (2015). Your Company is Full of Good Experiments (You Just Have to Recognize Them). Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser OP, Rand DG, Peysakhovich A, Nowak MA (2014). Cooperating with the future. Nature, 511(7508), 220-223. Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Traulsen A, Nowak MA (2014). Heterogeneity in background fitness acts as a suppressor of selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 343, 178-185. Full text. DOI.
P. Hauser O, A. Nowak M, G. Rand D (2014). Punishment does not promote cooperation under exploration dynamics when anti-social punishment is possible. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 360, 163-171. Full text. DOI.

Publications by year


2019

Hauser OP, Gino F, Norton M (2019). Budging Beliefs, Nudging Behaviour. Mind and Society, 17, 15-26. Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Kraft-Todd G, Rand DG, Nowak MA, Norton MI (2019). Invisible Inequality Leads to Punishing the Poor and Rewarding the Rich. Behavioural Public Policy, 1-21. Full text. DOI.
Jachimowicz JM, Hauser OP, O'Brien J, Sherman E, Galinsky A (2019). People Use Less Energy When They Think Their Neighbors Care About the Environment. Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser OP, Hilbe C, Chatterjee K, Nowak MA (2019). Social dilemmas among unequals. Nature, 572, 524-527. Full text. DOI.
Satterstrom P, Polzer JT, Kwan LB, Hauser OP, Wiruchnipawan W, Burke M (2019). Thin Slices of Workgroups. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 151, 104-117. Full text. DOI.

2018

Rahwan Z, Hauser OP, Kochanowska E, Fasolo B (2018). High stakes: a little more cheating, a lot less charity. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 152, 276-295. Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Hauser O (2018). Running out of time. Nature Sustainability Full text.
Jachimowicz JM, Hauser OP, O'Brien JD, Sherman E, Galinsky AD (2018). The critical role of second-order normative beliefs in predicting energy conservation. Nature Human Behaviour, 2 Full text. DOI.

2017

Hauser OP, Norton MI (2017). (Mis)perceptions of inequality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 21-25. Full text. DOI.
Kettle S, Hernandez M, Sanders M, Hauser O, Ruda S (2017). Failure to CAPTCHA Attention: Null Results from an Honesty Priming Experiment in Guatemala. Behavioral Sciences, 7(4), 28-28. Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Linos E, Rogers T (2017). Innovation with field experiments: Studying organizational behaviors in actual organizations. Research in Organizational Behavior, 37, 185-198. Full text. DOI.
Bouwmeester S, Verkoeijen PPJL, Aczel B, Barbosa F, Bègue L, Brañas-Garza P, Chmura TGH, Cornelissen G, Døssing FS, Espín AM, et al (2017). Registered Replication Report: Rand, Greene, and Nowak (2012). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(3), 527-542. Full text. DOI.

2016

Hauser O, Luca M (2016). Good Communication Requires Experimenting with Your Language. Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser O, Kraft-Todd G, Rand D, Nowak M, Norton M (2016). Invisible Inequality Leads to Punishing the Poor and Rewarding the Rich. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2016(1). DOI.
Hauser OP, Hendriks A, Rand DG, Nowak MA (2016). Think global, act local: Preserving the global commons. Scientific Reports, 6(1). Full text. DOI.

2015

Hauser O, Luca M (2015). How to Design (and Analyze) a Business Experiment. Harvard Business Review Full text.
Hauser O, Luca M (2015). Your Company is Full of Good Experiments (You Just Have to Recognize Them). Harvard Business Review Full text.

2014

Hauser OP, Rand DG, Peysakhovich A, Nowak MA (2014). Cooperating with the future. Nature, 511(7508), 220-223. Full text. DOI.
Hauser OP, Traulsen A, Nowak MA (2014). Heterogeneity in background fitness acts as a suppressor of selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 343, 178-185. Full text. DOI.
P. Hauser O, A. Nowak M, G. Rand D (2014). Punishment does not promote cooperation under exploration dynamics when anti-social punishment is possible. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 360, 163-171. Full text. DOI.