Danila Serra

Southern Methodist University
Department of Economics

email: dserra@smu.edu

Phone: (+1) 214-768-4298

Address: SMU, Dept. of Economics

3300 Dyer Street, Suite 301C

Umphrey Lee Center
Dallas TX 75275-0496

 

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, TX (since August 2012). I am a member of the SMU Center for Global Health Impact, and of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research network. I am also a research affiliate at the Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), at the University of Oxford. Before joining SMU I was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida State University and a member of the FSU Experimental Social Science Research Group (2009-2012).

 

Education: PhD in Economics, University of Oxford (2009); MSc in Economics, London School of Economics (2003); BS (laurea) in Economics, Bocconi University, Milan (2001).

 

Research fields: Experimental Economics; Development Economics; Economics of Corruption; Gender and Economics.

 

Google Scholar Citations

Here is a link to the Laboratory for Research in Experimental Economics (LREE) at SMU

 

Check out the SMU Women in Economics Club, founded by my students!

 


 

CV

SHORT CV

My Research in Brief        

Field Projects  

Teaching


 

 

 

 

Some of my thoughts and research on corruption have appeared in The Atlantic. Read the piece “Does corruption happen slowly or all at once?”

 

Other research has been featured in the New Scientist. Read the article, titled The underhand ape: Why corruption is normal”, here , or here.

 

 

 

EDITED VOLUME

 

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New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption, edited with Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

I paid a bribe: Information sharing and extortionary corruption”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU) and James Tremewan (U of Vienna). Forthcoming, European Economic Review. PDF

 

 

“Participatory accountability and collective action: Experimental evidence from Albania”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham) and T. Packard (The World Bank). European Economic Review, 68: 250–269, 2014. PDF

 

 

“Intermediaries in Corruption: An Experiment”, with M. Drugov (Carlos III de Madrid) and J. Hamman (FSU). Experimental Economics, 17(1): 78-99, 2014. Online advance access here

 

 

“Combining top-down and bottom-up accountability: Evidence from a bribery experiment”. Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 28(3): 569-587, August 2012. Online advance access here.

 

 

“How corruptible are you? Bribery under uncertainty”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 81(2012): 466-477. Download here.

 

 

“Corruption and Culture: An experimental Analysis”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham), Journal of Public Economics, 94, Issues 11-12, December 2010. Download here .

 

 

“Intrinsic motivations and the non-profit health sector: Evidence from Ethiopia”, with P. Serneels (UEA) and A. Barr (U of Nottingham) Personality and Individual Differences, 51(3): 309-314. Download here.

 

 

“The effects of externalities and framing on bribery in a petty corruption experiment”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham), Experimental Economics, 12 (4): 488-503, 2009. Download here.

 

 

“Empirical Determinants of Corruption: A sensitivity Analysis,” Public Choice 126 (1-2), 225-256, 2006.

 

 

 

WORKING PAPERS

 

 

“Motivating Whistleblowers” with J. Butler (LSU) and G. Spagnolo (SITE, Stockholm School of Economics). February 2017. PDF.

 

 

“The Industrial Organization of Corruption: Monopoly, Competition and Collusion”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU). October 2016. PDF. Experimental instructions here.

 

 

“Can Patients’ Reports Improve Health Providers’ Performance? Experimental Evidence from Kenya”, with I. Mbiti (U of Virginia). November 2016. PDF. Instructions of the lab-in-the-field experiment here.

 

 

Corruption, Social Judgment and Culture: An Experiment”, with T. Salmon (SMU). Revised September 2016. PDF. A previous longer draft of this paper circulated under the title: “Does Social Judgment Diminish Rule Breaking?”

 

 

“Is more competition always better? An experimental study of extortionary corruption”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU). Revised October 2015. PDF. A previous draft of this paper circulated under the title: “Does competition among public officials reduce corruption? An experiment.”

 

 

 

BOOK CHAPTERS AND POLICY PAPERS

 

Anti-corruption Policies: Lessons from the Lab”, with K. Abbink. In D. Serra and L. Wantchekon (eds.) New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption, Research In Experimental Economics Volume 15, Bingly: Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.

 

 

“Experimental Research on Corruption: Introduction and Overview”, with L. Wantchekon, in D. Serra and L. Wantchekon (eds.) New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption, Research In Experimental Economics Volume 15, Bingly: Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.

 

 

Education Outcomes, School Governance and Parents’ Demand for Accountability: Evidence from Albania”, with A. Barr (U of Nottingham) and T. Packard (World Bank), Policy Research Working Paper No. 5643, The World Bank, April 2011.

 

 

Discovering the Real World –Health Workers’ Career Choices and Early Work Experience in Ethiopia, with P. Serneels (UEA) and M. Lindelow (World Bank), The World Bank, Washington DC, June 2010.

 

 

“Studying Corruption through Experiments” in Kreutner, M. ed. Practice Meets Science: Contemporary Anti-Corruption Dialogue, Vienna: Manz, 2010.

 

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

 

 Gender Differences in the Choice of Major: The Importance of Female Role Models” with C. Porter (Heriot-Watt). Data analysis stage.

 

 

“Corrupt police” with K. Abbink (Monash University) and D. Ryvkin (FSU). Data analysis stage.

 

 

“Does Transparency in Pay Eliminate the Gender Gap?” with T. Salmon (SMU). In the lab.

 

 

 “Values Transmission: Peer and Parental Effects” (working title) with J. Butler (LSU), P. Giuliano (UCLA), E. Patacchini (Cornell) and P. Pin (Bocconi). Design stage.

 

 

Information, Aspirations and Role Models” (working title) with T. Salmon (SMU). Design stage.

 

 

“Parental participation in primary schools in Angola: An experimental investigations of motivations, information sharing and collective action problems” (working title) with Pedro Vicente (Nova University of Lisbon). In the field.

 

 

Updated February 2017