Danila Serra

 

Associate Professor

Texas A&M University

Department of Economics

& Bush School of Government and Public Service

Email: dserra@tamu.edu

Phone: (+1) 979-862-4412

Office: LASB 242

 

 

About Me

CV

PhD Students

Teaching

Resources

 

NEWS: Elira Kuka and I have launched the ADOPT a PAPER mentoring program, which aims to expand and diversify junior scholars’ access to high quality feedback on a working paper prior to journal submission. The program currently targets Assistant Professors and post-doctoral scholars at research-intensive institutions in the US, Canada and Europe.

 

The third round of Adopt a Paper is ongoing. The deadline to apply, by filling in the application form (https://www.adoptapaper.org/apply.html) is December 17, 2022. The deadline to submit the paper is January 17, 2023. For information about previous rounds, see: https://www.adoptapaper.org/past-rounds.html 

 

 

 

Research fields: Experimental and Behavioral Economics; Development Economics; Political Economy; Gender; Education.

 

Education:

·      PhD in Economics, University of Oxford, Department of Economics and Centre for the Study of African Economies;

·      MSc in Economics, London School of Economics;

·      BS (laurea) in Economics and Social Sciences (DES), Bocconi University, Milan.

 

Editorial Boards:

·      Sep 2021 -    Co-editor, Economic Inquiry

·      May 2020 -     Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

 

 

WORKING PAPERS

 

“Role Models in Developing Countries.” In preparation for the Handbook of Experimental Development Economics, edited by Utteeyo Dasgupta and Pushkar Maitra. Edward Elgar. August 2022. PDF.

 

 

Proud to belong: The impact of ethics training on police officers,” with D. Harris (University of Oxford), O. Borcan (U of East Anglia), H. Telli (International Growth Center), Bruno Schettini (Brazil Ministry of the Economy), and S. Dercon (University of Oxford). *NEW* CSAE working paper. PDF, May 2022.

 

·       Probable Causation podcast Episode 73 (June 7, 2022)

·       Center for the Studies of African Economies (CSAE) podcast

 

 

Gender and leadership in organizations: The threat of backlash” with P. Chakraborty (Centenary College). First draft: 2018. Revised: June 2022. PDF.

·      Online Appendix with the instructions of the lab and online experiments.

·       Previous drafts circulated under the titles “Gender differences in top leadership roles: Does worker backlash matter?” and “Gender and leadership in organizations: Promotions, demotions and angry workers”]

 

 

“Influencing youths’ educational aspirations and gender attitudes through role models: Evidence from Somali schools” with E. K. Kipchumba (BRAC), C. Porter (Lancaster University) and M. Sulaiman (BRAC). February 2021. PDF.

 

·       VoxDev Talk with Munshi Sulaiman

·       The Takeway: Policy Brief from Trade, Economics and Public Policy.

 

 

 

 

PUBLISHED AND FORTHCOMING PAPERS

 

Mobilizing parents at home and at school: An experiment on primary education in Angolawith V. Di Maio (World Bank), S. Leeffers (Nova University of Lisbon) and P. Vicente (Nova University of Lisbon). Novafrica working paper 2002, February 2020. Accepted. Economic Development and Cultural Change. PDF.

·       Project website; GlobaDev Blog post

 

 

Health Workers’ Behavior, Patient Reporting and Reputational Concerns: Lab-in-the-Field Experimental Evidence from Kenya with I. Mbiti (U of Virginia). Experimental Economics, 25.2 (2022): 514-556. Ungated: PDF.

·       Instructions of the lab-in-the-field experiment here.

 

 

Corrupt Police” with K. Abbink (Monash University) and D. Ryvkin (FSU). Games and Economic Behavior, 123: 101-119, September 2020. Ungated PDF.

 

 

“Gender Differences in the Choice of Major: The Importance of Female Role Models” with C. Porter (Lancaster University). American Economic Journal: Applied, 12(3): 226–254. PDF. Ungated here.

·       Media Coverage: Dow Jones Moneyish, Pacific Standard, The University Network, Forbes.

·       Read about the study in the new CEPR eBook on Women and Economics.

·       Read an early summary of the study: SMU Press release.

·       Watch a short video of me talking about the study.

 

 

Motivating Whistleblowers” with J. Butler (UC Merced) and G. Spagnolo (SITE, Stockholm School of Economics). Management Science 66.2: 605-621, 2020. Available here. Ungated here: PDF.

 

 

Corruption and competition among bureaucrats: An experimental study”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU).  Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 175, July 2020, pp 439-451. PDF. Experimental instructions here.

 

 

Is more competition always better? An experimental study of extortionary corruption”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU). Economic Inquiry, 57 (1), January 2019: 50-72. PDF.

 

 

 Corruption, Social Judgment and Culture: An Experiment”, with T. Salmon (SMU). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 142: 64-78, 2017. PDF.

 

 

I paid a bribe: An experiment on information sharing and extortionary corruption”, with D. Ryvkin (FSU) and James Tremewan (U of Vienna). European Economic Review, 94: 1-22, 2017. 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. PDF.

·         Winner of the Editor’s prize for the best paper published in Experimental Economics in the year 2014.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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. PDF.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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. PDF.

 

 

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.

 

 

Pre-doctoral Publications

 

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

 

This is based on my undergraduate thesis at Bocconi University, under the supervision of Guido Tabellini and Eliana La Ferrara.

 

 

“The twin effects of globalization: Evidence from a sample of Indian manufacturing firms,” with F. Daveri and P. Manasse, Rivista of Politica Economica, 2010: 223-254.

 

I worked on this project as a pre-doctoral Research Assistant. I still remember the shock and happiness I experienced when Francesco and Paolo asked me to be a coauthor on the paper.

 

 

EDITED VOLUME

 

 

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

 

 

WORK IN PROGRESS

 

·      ON GENDER, EDUCATION, LABOR

 

 

“Long Term Impact of Trauma on the Psychological Well-being, Individual Preferences and Socio-Economic Status of Women Abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda” (working title), with A. Cassar (University of San Francisco), Eeshani Kandpal (The World Bank), Miranda Lambert (Texas A&M University) and Christine Mbabazi (Makerere University).

·      Pre-registration: AER Registry.

 

 

“Recruiting Economics Majors: The Impact of an Information Campaign Targeted at High School Counselors” (working title), with J. Meer (Texas A&M University) and Melissa Gentry (Texas A&M university).

·      Pre-registration: AER Registry.

 

 

“Improving the college experience: An encouragement experiment” with Catherine Porter (Lancaster University) and Daniel Gomez Vasquez (Texas A&M University).

·      Pre-registration: AER Registry

 

 

“Women’s leadership in VSLAs” (working title), with Kjetil Bjorvatn (Norwegian School of Economics), Shymal Chowdhury (University of Sydney), Catalina Franco (Norwegian School of Economics), and Munshi Sulaiman (BRAC).

 

 

“Job applications” (working title), with D. Ryvkin (Florida State University).

·      Pre-registration: AsPredicted.

 

 

“Can different communication methods decrease gender bias in the workplace?” (working title), with T. Salmon (Southern Methodist University).  Design stage.

 

 

 

·    ON CORRUPTION, CRIME AND ACCOUNTABILITY

 

 

“Information, beliefs and anti-corruption activism: An Experiment” with F. Afridi (Indian Statistical Institute), A. Basistha (Indian Statistical Institute) and A. Dhillon (King’s College).

·      Pre-registration: AsPredicted.

 

 

“Do Crises Affect Citizen Activism? Evidence from a Pandemic” with F. Afridi (Indian Statistical Institute), A. Basistha (Indian Statistical Institute) and A. Dhillon (King’s College)

 

 

“Who self-selects into committees: The pro-social or the corrupt?” with A. Cao (TAMU) and D. Ryvkin (FSU). In the lab.

·      Pre-registration: AsPredicted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated September 2022

 

 

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