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 Experiments in Governance and Politics (EGAP) research network and a research affiliate at the Center for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), 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; Culture, Norms and Institutions.

 

Here is a link to the Laboratory for Research in Experimental Economics at SMU.


 

CV

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My Research in Brief        

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My research has been featured in the 9 November 2011 issue of the magazine 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), Research In Experimental Economics Volume 15, Bingly: Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.

 

 

 

WORKING PAPERS

 

“Does Social Judgment Diminish Rule Breaking?”, with T. Salmon (SMU). March 2013. PDF.

 

 

“Does competition among public offices reduce corruption? An experiment”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU). Revised draft: Sep 2013. PDF.

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

“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.

 

 

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.

 

 

“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.

 

 

“The Twin Effects of Globalization: Evidence from a sample of Indian Manufacturing Firms'”, with F. Daveri (IGIER-Bocconi) and P. Manasse (UBologna) Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI; I-III, pp. 223-251.

 

 

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

 

 

 

BOOK CHAPTERS AND POLICY PAPERS

 

“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. PDF

 

 

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

 

 

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. Download here.

 

 

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

 

“Health providers and patients in Kenya: An evaluation of motivations, interactions and willingness to report on sub-par behaviors”, with I. Mbiti (SMU).

 

 

“The industrial organization of corruption: competition, search, and middlemen”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU).

 

 

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

 

 

“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)

 

 

“Corrupt police”, (working title) with K. Abbink (Monash University) and D. Ryvkin (FSU).

 

 

“Whistleblowing” with J. Butler (EIEF) and G. Spagnolo (Stockholm School of Economics).

 

 

Updated: April, 2014