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Department of Economics

 Nicholas Lacourse

Nicholas Lacourse

PhD Candidate in Economics


 Hope Hall 


Hope Hall, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PL


Nicholas Lacourse obtained his BSc from Louisiana Tech University and his MA from the University of Missouri under the supervision of Ronald Harstad before coming to the University of Exeter. He is currently a doctoral student in Economics with disciplines in Game Theory and Behavioral Economics under the supervision of Dr. Grosskopf and Dr. Hauser.


  • Bachelor of Science - Economics - Louisiana Tech University (2015)
  • Master of Arts - Economics - University of Missouri (2018)

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Research interests

  • Decision Theory
  • Game Theory
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Gender/Race Economics

Research projects

Nicholas's current projects focus on discrimination and information avoidance. In Nicholas's first project, he is interested in discovering a clean effect of taste-based discrimination in economic experiments using subjective output as a workhorse in the design. Nicholas's second project consists of determining if there are gender gaps in information avoidance where the information is instrumental to performance and finding ways to remedy the differences through avenues such as DO's, binarized soft commits, NC soft commits, and promise framing.

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Nicholas's teaching interests are bridged between teaching practical econometrics tools, game theory (signaling games/strategic communication), and discrimination for students. 

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Supervision / Group

Postgraduate researchers

  • Brit Grosskopf Primary
  • Oliver Hauser Secondary

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