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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Rick K. Wilson
Professor
Herbert S. Autrey Chair of Political Science and Professor of Statistics
 
e-mail:rkw@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1975) Creighton University
  • M.A. (1977) Creighton University
  • Ph.D. (1982) Indiana University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Political Science
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Statistics
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    Websites
     Rick K. Wilson
     Behavioral Research Laboratory
     
    Research Areas
     Mathematical Models of Political Processes, Behavioral Decision Making and Political Institutions
     
    Teaching Areas
     American Politics; Methodology
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Brian Nosek et al "Promoting an open research culture." Science, 238: 1422-1425.

     
     

    Catherine C. Eckel, Enrique Fatas and Rick K. Wilson "Cooperation and status in organizations" (2010) Journal of Public Economic Theory. 12(4): 737-762.

     
     

    Catherine C. Eckel, Mahmoud El-Gamal and Rick K. Wilson.  (2009)  "Risk Loving after the Storm:  A Bayesian-Network Study of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees."  Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 69: 110-124. 

     
     

    Margo Bergman, Dirk Mateer, Michael Reksulak, Jonathan C. Rork, Rick Wilson and David Zirkle "Your Place in Space: Classroom Experiment on Spatial Location Theory." Journal of Economic EducationIn Press

     
     

    Karoline Mortensen, Vivian Ho and Rick K. Wilson (2009)  “Physical and Mental Health Status of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees in Houston in 2005 and 2006.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 20: 524-538.  

     
     

    Nancy Buchan, Gianluca Grimalda, Rick K. Wilson, Marilyn Brewer, Enrique Fatas and Margaret Foddy.“Globalization and Human Cooperation.”  (2009)  Proceedings of the National Academy of Science  106 (11):  4138-4142.

     
     

    Catherine C. Eckel and Rick K. Wilson "Internet Cautions." Experimental Economics, 9 (2006) : 53-66.

     
     

    Catherine C. Eckel and Rick K. Wilson "Judging a Book by Its Cover: Beauty and Expectations in the Trust Game." Political Research Quarterly, 59 (2006) : 189-202.

     
     

    Donna Bahry and Rick K. Wilson "Confusion or Fairness in the Field? Rejections in the Ultimatum Game under the Strategy Method." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 60 (2006) : 37-54.

     
     

    Donna P. Bahry, Mikhail Kosolapov, Polina Kozyreva and Rick K. Wilson "Ethnicity and Trust: Evidence from Russia." American Political Science Review, 99: 521-532.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Classroom Games: Candidate Convergence." Southern Economic Journal, 71 (2005) : 913-922.

     
     

    Catherine Eckel "Bobbing for Widgets: Compensating Wage Differentials." Journal of Economic EducationIn Press

     
     Articles
     

    Eckel, Catherine C. and Rick K. Wilson "Social learning in coordination games: does status matter?." Experimental Economics, 10 (2007) : 317-329.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson and Sam Whitt "Fairness And Ethnicity In The Aftermath Of Ethnic Conflict." American Journal of Political Science, 51 (2007) : 655-668.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson and Sam Whitt "Public Goods in the Field: Katrina Evacuees in Houston." Southern Economic Journal, 74: 377-387.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson with R. Mark Isaac "Political Economy and Experiments." Political Economist, 14: 1-6.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson, Randolph Stevenson and Geoffrey Potts "Brain Activity in the Play of Dominant Strategy and Mixed Strategy Games." Political Psychology, 27 (2006) : 459-478.

     
     

    Bahry, Donna and Wilson, Rick K. "Confusion or Fairness in the Field? Rejections in the Ultimatum Game under the Strategy Method.." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2004) In Press

     
     

    Eckel, Catherine C. and Wilson, Rick K. "Is Trust a Risky Decision?." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2004) In Press

     
     

    Sell, Jane; Michael J. Lovaglia; Elizabeth A. Mannix, Charles D. Samuelson and Rick K. Wilson "Investigating Conflict, Power, and Status Within and Among Groups." Small Group Research, 35: 44-72.

     
     

    Wilson, Rick K. "Classroom Experiments: Candidate Convergence." Southern Economic Journal (2004) In Press

     
     

    Martin Johnson, R.K. Wilson, Catherine C. Eckel "Fairness and Rejection in the Ultimatum Bargaining Game.." Political Analysis, 10: 376-393.

     
     Book chapters
     

    Carl Rhodes and Rick K. Wilson "The Problem of Common Choice in Symmetric N-person Coordination Games." Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, 1 (2008) : 463-471.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Collective Choice Experiments." The New Palgrave Dictionary of EconomicsIn Press

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Endogenous Properties of Equilibrium and Disequilibrium in Spatial Committee Games." Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, 1 (2008) : 872-879.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Structure Induced Equilibrium in Spatial Committee Games." Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, 1 (2009) : 880-888.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Voting and Agenda Setting in Political Science and Economics ." Laboratory Experiments in the Social Sciences (2007) : 433-457.

     
     

    Sell, Jane, Wilson, R. "Conflict, Power and Status in Groups.." Theories of Small Groups: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. (2004) In Press

     
     

    Wilson, R. "Madison at the First Congress: Institutional Design and Lessons from the Continental Congress, 1780-1783." James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government. (2003) : 243-263.

     
     

    John Aldrich, Calvin C. Jillson, R.K. Wilson "Why Congress?: What the Failure of the Continental and the Survival of the Federal Congress Tell Us About the New Institutionalism.." Party, Process, and Political Change in Congress. (2002) : 315-342.

     
     

    Jorn P.Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelnik, R.K. Wilson "The Value of a Smile: Game Theory with a Human Face.." Trust: Critical Studies in Economic Institutions. (2002)

     
     

    R.K. Wilson "Madison at the First Congress: Institutional Design and Lessons from the Continental Congress, 1780-1783.." James Madison: The Theory and Practice of Republican Government. (2003) In Press

     
     

    R.K. Wilson "Transition Governance in the United States: Lessons from the First Federal Congress.." Legislatures: Comparative Perspectives on Representative Assemblies. (2002) : 291-313.

     
     Other
     

    Catherine Eckel, Martin Johnson, Rick K. Wilson "Fairness and Rejection in the Ultimatum Bargaining Game." Political Analysis, 10 (forthcoming)

     
     

    Catherine Eckel, Rick K. Wilson "The Human Face of Game theory: Trust and Reciprocity in Sequential Games." Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Conceptual and Empirical Lessons. (forthcoming)

     
     

    John Aldrich, Calvin Jillson, Rick K. Wilson "Why Congress? What the Failure of the Confederation Congress and the Survival of the Federal Congress Tell Us about the New Institutionalism ." New Directions in Studying the History of the U.S. Congress (forthcoming)

     
     

    Jorn P.Scharlemann, Catherine C. Eckel, Alex Kacelnik and Rick K. Wilson. "The Value of a Smile: Game Theory with a Human Face." Journal of Economic Psychology, 22 (2001) : 617-640.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Disequilibrium and Measurement in Committee Games." Formal Models and Empirical Tests in Political Science (forthcoming)

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson and Roberta Q. Herzberg "Negative Decision Powers and Institutional Equilibrium: Experiments on Blocking Coalitions.." Polycentric Games and Institutions: Readings from the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. (2001) : 184-201.

     
     

    Wilson, Rick K. "Games, Behavior and Theory." CPR Digest (December 2000)

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Endogeneous Properties of Equilibrium and Disequilibrium in Spatial Committee Games." Handbook of Experimental Economic Results (forthcoming)

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Structure Induced Equilibrium in Spatial Committee Games." Handbook of Experimental Economic Results (forthcoming)

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Transition Governance in the United States: Lessons from the First Federal Congress." Legislative Studies Quarterly, 24 (November 1999) : 543-568.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson and Carl Rhodes "The Problem of Common Choice in Symmetric N-Person Coordination Games." Handbook of Experimental Economic Results (forthcoming)

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson and Jane Sell "The Maintenance of Cooperation: Expectations of Future Interaction and the Trigger of Group Punishment." Social Forces, 77 (June 1999) : 1551-1570.

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson with Catherine Eckel "The Human Face of Game Theory: Trust and Reciprocity in Sequential Games." Trust and Reciprocity: Interdisciplinary Conceptual and Empirical Lessons

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson with John Aldrich and Cal Jillson "Why Congress?: What the Failure of the Continental and the Survival of the Federal Congress Tell Us about the New Institutionalism." New Directions in Studying the History of the U.S. Congress

     
     

    Rick K. Wilson "Transitional Governance in the United States: Lessons from the First Federal Congress." Legislative Studies Quarterly (forthcoming)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "Multilevel Public Goods and Intraracial Competition: Experiments with Poor Houstonians and Katrina Evacuees." Social Dilemmas Conference, Florida State University. (Feb. 22-23, 2008) With Christy Aroopala and Sam Whitt

     
     

    "Status in Networks." Allied Social Science Association, New Orleans, LA. (Jan. 3-6, 2008) With Catherine C. Eckel and Enrique Fatas

     
     

    "Fairness Across Populations: Lessons and Expectations from the Dictator Game.." American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (August 30-September 2, 2007)

     
     

    "Family Structure, Health and Children among Houston Katrina Evacuees." Children and the Law: After the Katrina Disaster, University of Houston Law Center. (April 20, 2007) With Malikah Marrus

     
     

    "Non-racial Group Threat: Experiments with Katrina Evacuees and Houstonians." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 12-15, 2007) With Christy Aroopala

     
     

    "Public Goods in the Field: Katrina Evacuees in Houston." Economic Science Association, Tucson, AZ. (Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2006) With Sam Whitt

     
     

    "Social Learning in Coordination Games: Does Status Matter?." Conference in Honor of Ray Battalio, Texas A&M. (March 31-April 2, 2006) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "Detecting Trustworthiness: Does Beauty Confound Intuition?." Public Choice Society and the Economic Science Association, Baltimore, MD. (March 11-13, 2004) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "Detecting Trustworthiness: Does Beauty Confound Intuition?." Allied Social Science Association, San Diego, CA. (January 2-6, 2004) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    Presenter.  "Conditional Trust." Southern Economic Association, San Antonio, TX. (Nov. 20-22, 2003) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    Presenter.  "Confusion or Fairness in the Field?." Southern Economic Association, San Antonio, TX. (Nov. 20-22, 2003) With Donna Bahry

     
     

    "Confusion or Fairness in the Field? Rejections in the Ultimatum Game under the Strategy Method." Middlebury Conference on Field Experiments, Middlebury College, VT. (April 24-25, 2003) With Donna L. Bahry

     
     

    "Discriminating trust: Anonymous play of a trust game with photographed counterparts." Economic Science Association, Pittsburgh, PA. (June 19-22, 2003) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    Presenter.  "Ethnic Revival, Nation-Building and the Problem of Competing Norms." American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA. (August 2003) With Donna Bahry, Mikhail Kosolapov, Polina Kozyreva

     
     

    "Ethnicity and Trust in Post-Communist Transition." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 3-6, 2003) With Donna L. Bahry

     
     

    "Is there a mechanism for detecting trustworthiness?." Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO. (March 27-29, 2003) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "The Wasted Generation: Intergenerational Trust in Russia." Allied Social Science Association, Washington, DC. (January 3-5, 2003) With Donna L. Bahry, Samuel Whitt

     
     

    "Intergenerational Trust in Transitional Societies.." Interdisciplinary Conference on Trust and Reciprocity in Experimental Economics, Washington University, St. Louis. (October 11-12, 2002) With Donna Bahry

     
     Invited Talks
     

    Presenter.  "Shopping for Trust." Barcelona, Spain. (Dec. 4, 2009)

     
     

    "Behavioral Decisions in the Field: Katrina Evacuees in Houston." City of Houston Public Health Grand Rounds, Houston Department of Health and Human Services. (July 9, 2008)

     
     

    Presenter.  "Globalization and Human Cooperation." DFG-NSF Research Conference on Contextualizing Economic Behaviot, New York City. (August 21-23, 2008)

     
     

    "The Human Side of Evacuation: Katrina." Severe Storm Conference, Rice University. (May 9, 2007)

     
     

    "What have I (we) learned from Dictator Games at Home and Abroad? Results from Siberia, Bosnia and Houston.." Measuring Preferences in a Social Context, University of Texas, Dallas. (May 4-5, 2007)

     
     

    "When do Frames Work? Considering the Effect of Context." American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (August 30-September 2, 2007) With Christy Aroopala

     
     

    "Anger, Fairness and What¿s in the Brain." Economics Colloqium Series, Texas A&M University. (April 28, 2006)

     
     

    "Behavioral Grames and ERP Techniques." American Political Science Association Mini-Course, Philadelphia, PA. (August 30, 2006)

     
     

    "Financial Risk and Propensity to Cooperate: Evacuees in Houston." Symposium on Katrina, New Orleans, LA. (Nov. 2-4, 2006)

     
     

    "Stereotyping Boundaries: The Human Face of Experimental Economics." MacArthur Preferences Network, Harvard University. (Dec. 7-9, 2006) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "The Human Side of Evacuations: Rita in Houston." Rice University Disaster Conference, Rice university. (March 16, 2006) With Robert M. Stein

     
     

    Organizer and presenter.  "Anger, Fairness and What¿s in the Brain." Festschrift in Honor of Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University. (Nov. 21-23, 2005)

     
     

    "Initiating trust: The conditional effects of sex and race among strangers." Columbia University Political Science, New York City. (April 2, 2004)

     
     

    "National Science Foundation Workshop: Getting Grants." Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans, LA. (January 9-11, 2004)

     
     

    "Never Judge a Book by its Cover: A Beauty Premium for Trust?." Baylor Medical School, Human Neurological Laboratory, Houston, TX. (March 9, 2004) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "Never Judge a Book by its Cover: A Beauty Premium for Trust?." New York University Economics Department, New York City. (March 11, 2004) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "Candidate Convergence in the Classroom." NSF Workshop on Classroom Experiments, Tucson, AZ. (May 15-18, 2003)

     
     

    "Conditional Trust: Sex, race and facial expressions in a trust game." Carneige-Mellon University, Social and Decision Sciences, Carneige-Mellon. (March 14, 2003) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "Conditional trust: sex, race and facial expressions in a trust game." Trust and Institutions Seminar, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. (April 24-26, 2003) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     Lectures
     

    "Experiments in Political Science." Empirical Implication of Theoretical Methods, Washington University. (June 18-23, 2006)

     
     

    "In Us We Trust." Scientia, Rice University. (February 15, 2005)

     
     Other
     

    "Brain Activity and the Inference of Errors in Risky Decisions." American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA. (August 30 - September 2) With Randall Stevenson, Geoffrey Potts

     
     

    "Brain Activity in the Play of Dominant Strategy and Mixed Strategy Games.." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 19-22) With Randolph Stevenson; Geoffrey Potts

     
     

    "Madison at the Failed Congress: Institutional Design and Lessons from the Continental Congress, 1780-1783." Conference on 250th Birthday of James Madison, University of California, San Diego. (March 16-17, 2001)

     
     

    "Why Fairness?: Facial Expressions, evolutionary psychology and the emergence of fairness in simple bargaining games.." Invited presentation, Departments of Political Science and Psychology., University of Oregon. (January 22-23) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     

    "Why Fairness?: Facial Expressions, evolutionary psychology and the emergence of fairness in simple bargaining games.." Experimental Methods in Political Science., Harvard University. (May 11-12, 2001) With Catherine Eckel

     
     

    "Wireless Web Tablets and Experiments Outside the Lab.." Economic Science Association Regional Conference., Tucson, AZ. (November 1-4)

     
     

    "Experimental Results on Behavioral Game Theory: Inequality Aversion, Mind Reading and Path Dependence in Simple Bargaining Games." Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. (November 17)

     
     

    "Social Learning in a Social Hierarchy: An Experimental Study." American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC. (February 16-22, 2000) With Catherine Eckel

     
     

    "Whom to trust? Choice of partner in a trust game." "Fairness and Cooperation." Sponsored by the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology, Vienna, Austria. (July 12-16, 2000) With Catherine Eckel

     
     

    "Whom to trust? Choice of partner in a trust game." Economic Science Association, Tucson, Arizona. (September 28 - October 1) With Catherine Eckel

     
     

    "Here's the Party: Group Effects and Partisan Advantage." University of California, San Diego, California. (October 1999)

     
     

    "Here's the Party: Group Effects and Partisan Advantage." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois. (April 1999)

     
     

    "Internet-Based Experimentation." (panelist for roundtable) Internet for laboratory experimentation, Southern Economic Science Association, New Orleans, Louisianna. (November 1999)

     
     

    "Leaders, Followers, and the Institutional Problem of Trust." Trust Working Group Meeting, at the Russell Sage Foundation, New York, New York. (February 1999) With Carl Rhodes

     
     

    "Reciprocal Fairness and Social Signaling: Experiments with Limited Reputations." American Economic Association Meetings, New York, New York. (January 1999)

     
     

    "Reputational Effects of Leaders for Followers in Coordination Games." Vanderbuilt University, Department of Political Science. (January 1999)

     
     

    "Social Learning in Experiments: What [else] can we learn from experimental research in psychology and sociology?." "Empirical Analysis of Social Interactions", Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico. (October 1999)

     
     

    "Social Norms and Inequality." (Panel Discussant), American Economic Association Meetings, New York, New York. (January 1999)

     
     

    "The Human Face of Game Theory: Trust and Reciprocity in Sequential Games." Trust Working Group Meeting, at the Russell Sage Foundation, New York, New York. (February 1999) With Catherine Eckel

     
     

    "The Value of a Smile: Game Theory with a Human Face." Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia. (September 1999)

     
     

    "Trust, Reciprocity, and Facial Expressions in Simple Bargaining Games." Annual Meeting of Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Salt Lake City, Utah. (June 1999)

     
     

    "Trusting Smiles? Behavioral consistency in Simple Barganing Games." Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Savannah, Georgia. (November, 1999)

     
     

    "Why Fairness?: Facial Expressions, evolutionary psychology, and the emergence of fairness in simple bargaining games"." WOW2--25th Anniversary Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Bloomington, Indiana. (June 1999)

     
     

    "Why Reciprocity?." Evolutionary Models of Social and Economic Behavior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (March 1999) With Catherine Eckel

     
     

    "Why Reciprocity?: Facial Expressions, Evolutionary Psychology, and the Emergence of Reciprocal Behavior in Simple Bargaining Games." Public Choice Society, New Orleans, Louisiana. (March 1999) With Catherine Eckel

     
     Panelist
     

    "Author Meets Critics: Luis Medina's "Unified Theory of Collective Action and Social Change"." Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. (April 12-15, 2007)

     
     

    "Roundtable on Hurricane Katrina." Southwestern Political Science Association, San Antonio. (March 23, 2006)

     
     

    "Conditional Trust: Sex, Race, and Facial Expressions in a Trust Game.." Public Choice Society, San Diego, CA. (March 22-24, 2002) With Catherine C. Eckel

     
     Session Chair
     

    "Katrina Two Years After: A Roundtable on Economic, Social and Political Impacts." Southern Economic Association, New Orleans, LA. (Nov. 18-21, 2007)

     
     

    "Institutional Dynamics." American Political Science Association, Philadelpia, PA. (August 31- Sept. 3, 2006)

     
     Workshops
     

    Workshop Participant.  "Inaugural Conference for Chairs." American Political Science Association, Charlotte, NC. (Feb. 8-9, 2007)

     
     

    Participant.  "Economic Psychology." Stanford Institute of Theoretical Economics, Stanford University. (August 6-9, 2006)

     
     

    Speaker.  "Behavioral Political Science Experiments." New Methods for Studying Social Behavior in Political Science, Rice University. (Oct. 9-11, 2005)

     
     

    "Liberty and Friendship." Richmond Liberty Fund Conference, Richmond, VA. (April 17-19)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Political Science. (2016 - 2020)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Experimental Economics. (2009 - 2009)

     Editor for Special Issue, Journal of Theoretical Politics. (2015 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Behavioral Science and Policy. (2015 - 2015)

     Member of the Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. (2005 - 2005)

     Associate Editor, Experimental Economics. (2003 - 2003)

     Editorial Board, Experimental Economics. Kulwer. (2001 - 2001)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. (2007 - 2007)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Politics. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Experimental Economics. (2007 - 2007)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Experimental Economics. (2005 - 2005)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Experimental Economics. (2006 - 2006)

     Member of the Editorial Board, American Political Science Review. (2007 - 2007)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Christy Aroopala, PhD Group-Based Mobilization: Frames, Rational Individuals and Constructed Identities. (2007) (Thesis Director)

     Christy Aroopala, PhD Group-Based Mobilization: Frames, Rational Individuals and Constructed Identities. (2008) (Thesis Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Ethnicity, Trust and Transition in Postcommunist Society, Rockefeller Foundation (7/01/03)

     Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation (9/1/03)

     Workshop on Small Group Processes, October 21-23. 2001., National Science Foundation

     Technological Innocation Panel, National Science Foundation (May 21-22, 2001)

     Workshop on Teaching and Experimental Economics, National Science Foudnation (May 17-19, 2001)

     Workshop on Arctic Social Science Research, Arctic Research Consortiuum of the US (ARCUS) and NSF (January 18-20, 2001)

     Alumni Merit Award, Creighton University, Graduate School (March 24)

     Workshop Planning Board, Arctic Social Sciences, National Science Foundation/ARCUS (2000-2001)

     Executive Council, Southern Political Science Association