JLR Portrait

J. Lucas Reddinger


Curriculum vita Updated 13 January 2021

Email reddinger@ucsb.edu[PGP 0x4D445E28]


“Temptation: Immediacy and Certainty”

An option is especially tempting when it is both immediate and certain. I conduct an online experiment with longitudinal real-effort provision to test this hypothesis and study the effect of risk on present bias. My design permits dynamic inconsistency by having some decisions in advance of real-effort exertion, as well as decisions when the work is imminent. This novel design methodologically eliminates two types of risk created by the random incentive scheme, while still identifying present bias. When a decision is implemented with certainty, I find that the number of present-biased individuals is no different, but the intensity of their present-bias is far greater than under risk.

“Wage Policies, Incentive Schemes, and Motivation”

We review experimental and field evidence of how effort and performance in the labor market is affected by financial incentives and non-monetary motivators. Especially small incentives may crowd-out intrinsic motivation, while large incentives may cause choking. A wide variety of social preferences affect labor supply, including gift exchange, fairness, and reciprocity.

Work in progress

“Dynamic cognitive costs of complexity”

“Targeted messaging for vaccine adherence”

ORSEE tools

Assorted tools to help manage the subject pool in ORSEE, software widely used by experimental economists to run sessions. Code and slides are available on GitHub.

Teaching experience

Courses that I have taught extensively and honed:

Courses I have also taught (with the complete list on my CV):

I have also been a teaching assistant for online instruction for two quarters at UCSB. I advised two departments and many professors regarding the transition to remote learning.

About me

I am a Montanan who spent much of my childhood in my hometown of Dayton, Wyoming. Some of my favorite places include the Beartooth and Bighorn Mountains, and the entire Absaroka region—all in the vicinity of Yellowstone National Park, which my family simply called “the park.” I studied philosophy, economics, and mathematics as an undergraduate at Montana State University in Bozeman, where I fell in love with the solitude of the wilderness.

I independently learned about web engineering (various programming languages, databases, and operating systems) in my younger years. I took a challenging and rewarding web development contract with a start-up after my undergraduate program. Once I completed my Master's degree in economics at Montana State University in Bozeman, I worked full-time as a professional software engineer. I was then lucky to have the opportunity to pursue my Ph.D. in economics at the University of California at Santa Barbara!

I am also interested in privacy and the ethics of technology, viewed through the lens of behavioral economics. I'm a longtime Unix-like operating system user (twenty years using OpenBSD and FreeBSD) who indents code with four spaces in Vim (a text editor).