Shachar Kariv

I was educated at Tel Aviv University and New York University, where I received my Ph.D. in economics in 2003, the same year I joined the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. I am a Professor and the Faculty Director of UC Berkeley Experimental Social Science Laboratory (Xlab), a laboratory for conducting experiment-based investigations of issues of interest to social sciences. I was a visiting member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton (2005-6), a visiting professor at the European University Institute (2008), and a visiting fellow at Nuffield College of the University of Oxford (2009).

I am the recipient of the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award (2008) and the Graduate Economics Association Outstanding Advising Award (2006). I was also awarded NYU College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award (Golden Dozen) in recognition of excellence in teaching and contributions to undergraduate education (2002) and NYU Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award in the Social Sciences (2001).

For my Ph.D. dissertation at NYU, I received the Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences (2003). I also received a National Science Foundation grant for studying decisions under uncertainty in theory and experiments (2006-8). Recently, I was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship for Economics (2009-10).

My fields of interest include game theory, decision theory, and experimental and behavioral economics. My research interests include social learning, social networks, social and moral preferences, and risk preferences. My research has been published in a variety of academic journals including, The American Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Theory, and Economic Theory.