Dr. Catherine Eckel, UT Dallas professor of experimental economics

Catherine Eckel


  • experimental economics
  • attitudes toward risk
  • risk aversion
  • charitable giving
  • gender-based discrimination
  • race-based discrimination
  • gender and cooperation
  • bargaining
  • status
  • trust
  • beauty


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Catherine Eckel, Ph.D. School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences

Professor of Economics

Dr. Catherine Eckel incorporates psychology and sociology into her experimental economics research to measure the effect of social interaction on economic exchange.

She is the director of the UT Dallas Center for Behavioral and Experimental Economic Sciences, where researchers conduct experiments using real money.

Eckel is the co-editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and a former economic program officer at the National Science Foundation.

At UT Dallas Eckel teaches courses on public economics, industrial organizations, experimental economics, antitrust economics, gender, race and poverty, managerial economics and regulated industries and public enterprise. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.


Updated: November 29, 2011