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Jeffrey Zeidel

PhD Candidate in Social Science

Hello! I am a PhD candidate at California Institute of Technology, studying behavioral and experimental economics.  I am currently on the 2022/2023 academic job market.

Research Interests

My research focus is in applied microeconomics and behavioral economics. I combine theoretical, experimental and econometric methods to improve our understanding of decision making.

In my job market paper, I study the role of reference dependence and goals in the intrinsic motivation of effort. Using field data from an chess website, I estimate a structural, dynamic discrete choice model of the decision to end a playing session, which allows me to answer fundamental questions about the motivational function of reference dependent preferences.