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University of Exeter Business School

Professor Oliver Hauser

Professor Oliver Hauser

Professor of Economics


 +44 (0) 1392 722599

 Streatham Court 1.29


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


Oliver Hauser is a Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and interim Co-Director of the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Exeter Business School and Faculty Affiliate at Harvard University's Sustainability, Transparency and Accountability Research Initiative. He conducts research on inequality and cooperation in three main domains: organisations, society and the environment.

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Furthermore, Oliver is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, leading an ambitious seven-year project entitled “BIG IDEAs: Using Randomised Controlled Trials to Reduce Bias in the Workplace”, and a Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. At Exeter, Oliver is interim Co-Director of the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence where he also leads the Economics theme, a faculty member of the Centre for Leadership, and a member of the College Inclusivity Group and of the Sustainability Team, both at the University of Exeter Business School. In addition, he serves as academic advisor to MoreThanNow, a UK-based behavioural consultancy; an advisory board member at MeVitae, an equitable recruiting company; and an academic associate of the Behavioural Insights Team (“Nudge Unit”).

Previously, Oliver taught and researched at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Extension School. He also held Research Fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School's Women and Public Policy Program and the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 2016 and his B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Innsbruck in 2010. 

Oliver's research has been published in leading academic journals such as Nature, PNASNature Human Behaviour, Nature CommunicationsOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, The Leadership Quarterly, 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, he 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.


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


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Journal articles

Rahwan Z, Fasolo B, Hauser O (In Press). Deception about study purpose does not affect participant behavior. Scientific Reports
Blesch K, Hauser O, Jachimowicz JM (In Press). Measuring Inequality Beyond the Gini Coefficient May Clarify Conflicting Findings. Nature Human Behaviour Abstract.
Kristal AS, Nicks L, Gloor JL, Hauser O (In Press). Reducing discrimination against job seekers with and without employment gaps. Nature Human Behaviour
Page A, Sealy R, Parker A, Hauser O (In Press). Regulation and the Trickle-Down Effect of Women in Leadership Roles. Leadership Quarterly
Balmford B, Marino M, Hauser O (In Press). Voting sustains intergenerational cooperation, even when the tipping point threshold is ambiguous. Environmental and Resource Economics
Chang E, Chilazi S, Elfer J, Arslan C, Kirgios E, Hauser O, Bohnet I (2023). Incorporating DEI into Decision-Making. Harvard business review
Rossetti CSL, Hilbe C, Hauser OP (2022). (Mis)perceiving cooperativeness. Current Opinion in Psychology, 43, 151-155. Abstract.
Koster R, Balaguer J, Tacchetti A, Weinstein A, Zhu T, Hauser OP, Williams D, Campbell-Gillingham L, Thacker P, Botvinick M, et al (2022). Human-centred mechanism design with democratic AI. Nature Human Behaviour
Chilazi S, Bohnet I, Hauser O (2021). Achieving Gender Balance at all Levels of Your Company. Harvard business review
Fornwagner H, Hauser OP (2021). Climate Action for (My) Children. Environmental and Resource Economics Abstract.
Waldfogel HB, Sheehy-Skeffington J, Hauser OP, Ho AK, Kteily NS (2021). Ideology selectively shapes attention to inequality. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 118(14). Abstract.  Author URL.
Liu F, Page A, Strode SA, Yoshida Y, Choi S, Zheng B, Lamsal LN, Li C, Krotkov NA, Eskes H, et al (2020). Abrupt decline in tropospheric nitrogen dioxide over China after the outbreak of COVID-19. Science Advances, eabc2992-eabc2992. Abstract.
Davidai S, Day MV, Goya-Tocchetto D, Hauser OP, Jachimowicz J, Mirza MU, Ordabayeva N, Phillips LT, Szaszi B, Tepper SJ, et al (2020). COVID-19 Provides a Rare Opportunity to Create a Stronger, More Equitable Society. Behavioral Scientist
Lee A, Inceoglu I, Hauser O, Greene M (2020). Determining Causal Relationships in Leadership Research Using Machine Learning: the Powerful Synergy of Experiments and Data Science. The Leadership Quarterly, 33, 1-14.
Donahue K, Hauser OP, Nowak MA, Hilbe C (2020). Evolving cooperation in multichannel games. Nature Communications, 11
Hauser OP, Gino F, Norton M (2019). Budging Beliefs, Nudging Behaviour. Mind and Society, 17, 15-26.
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.
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
Hauser OP, Hilbe C, Chatterjee K, Nowak MA (2019). Social dilemmas among unequals. Nature, 572, 524-527.
Jordan M, Dickens WT, Hauser OP, Rand DG (2019). The role of inequity aversion in microloan defaults. Behavioural Public Policy
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.
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.
Hauser O (2018). Running out of time. Nature Sustainability
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
Hauser OP, Norton MI (2017). (Mis)perceptions of inequality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 18, 21-25.
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.
Hauser OP, Linos E, Rogers T (2017). Innovation with field experiments: Studying organizational behaviors in actual organizations. Research in Organizational Behavior, 37, 185-198.
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. Abstract.
Hauser O, Luca M (2016). Good Communication Requires Experimenting with Your Language. Harvard Business Review
Hauser OP, Hendriks A, Rand DG, Nowak MA (2016). Think global, act local: Preserving the global commons. Scientific Reports, 6(1). Abstract.
Hauser O, Luca M (2015). How to Design (and Analyze) a Business Experiment. Harvard Business Review
Hauser O, Luca M (2015). Your Company is Full of Good Experiments (You Just Have to Recognize Them). Harvard Business Review
Hauser OP, Rand DG, Peysakhovich A, Nowak MA (2014). Cooperating with the future. Nature, 511(7508), 220-223.
Hauser OP, Traulsen A, Nowak MA (2014). Heterogeneity in background fitness acts as a suppressor of selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 343, 178-185.
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.

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