Research Highlights

Experimental Evidence on Undergraduate Recruitment: Lessons from Creating a Subject Pool Registry

Laura Paul, Leah Palm-Forster, and Kent Messer Recruitment of subjects is a critical step for any data collection. This project aims to identify the best practices for inviting university students by email to register for a program. We are creating a recruitment pool for future experiments at a large research university in the mid-Atlantic. OurContinue reading “Experimental Evidence on Undergraduate Recruitment: Lessons from Creating a Subject Pool Registry”

Measures of Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept in Consumer Valuation Experiments

Tongzhe Li, Laura A. Paul, Kent D. Messer, and Harry M. Kaiser Abstract: Willingness to pay (WTP) and willingness to accept (WTA) measures are commonly used for economic analysis with wide-ranging implications for consumer demand, social welfare, marketing, policy, and economic theory. Economic studies have often observed an inconsistency between WTP and WTA—where elicited WTPContinue reading “Measures of Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept in Consumer Valuation Experiments”

Heterogeneous and Conditional Returns from DT Maize for Farmers in Southern Africa

Laura Paul Under Review Abstract: This paper assesses the return to DT maize using four years of data from on-farm yield trials and high-resolution precipitation data (10-day measurements at a 0.05° resolution) in southern Africa to assess claims of the DT maize advantage. On farms (rather than controlled trials) DT maize yield slightly exceeds thatContinue reading “Heterogeneous and Conditional Returns from DT Maize for Farmers in Southern Africa”

Demand for an Environmental Public Good in the Time of COVID-19: A Statewide Water Quality Referendum

George Parsons, Laura Paul, and Kent Messer Abstract: Due to COVID-19, many households face hardship — unemployment, an uncertain economic future, forced separation, and more. At the same time, the number of people participated in outdoor recreation is reported to be on the rise, as it was one of the few activities still permitted. HowContinue reading “Demand for an Environmental Public Good in the Time of COVID-19: A Statewide Water Quality Referendum”

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About

Laura Paul is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware.