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Current Research

The xs/fs Research Group consists of a diverse group of scholars at Florida State University who use experimental methods to engage in research on a wide range of topics in the Social Sciences.

The xs/fs Research Group consists of a diverse group of scholars at Florida State University who use experimental methods to engage in research on a wide range of topics in the Social Sciences.

Recent publications by XSFS faculty

2019 and forthcoming

Blay, A., Douthit, J. Fulmer, B. (2019). Why Don't People Lie? Negative Affect Intensity and Preferences for Honesty in Budgetary Reporting, Management Accounting Research, 42, 56-65.

Blay, A., Gooden, E., Mellon, M., Stevens, D. Can Social Norm Activation Improve Audit Quality? Evidence from an Experimental Audit Market, Journal of Business Ethics, forthcoming.

Boosey, L., Brookins, P., Ryvkin, D. (2019). Contests between groups of unknown size, Games and Economic Behavior, 113, 756-769.

Grosser, J., Palfrey, T. (2019). Candidate entry and political polarization: An experimental study, American Political Science Review, 113(1), 209-225.

Isaac, R., Norton, D., Pevnitskaya, S. A New Experimental Mechanism To Investigate Polarized Demands For Public Goods: The Effects Of Censoring, Experimental Economics, forthcoming.

Mewhirter, J., Coleman, E., Berardo, R. Participation and Political Influence in Complex Governance Systems, Policy Studies Journal, forthcoming.

Ou, K., Morton, R., Qin, X. The Effect of Religion on Muslims� Charitable Contributions to Members of a Non-Muslim Majority, Journal of Public Economic Theory, forthcoming.

Ou, K., Morton, R., Qin, X. Reducing the Detrimental Effect of Identity Voting: An Experiment on Intergroup Coordination in China, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming.

Ryvkin, D., Serra, D. Corruption and competition among bureaucrats: An experimental study, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming.

Swanson, J., Barrilleaux, C. State Government Preemption of Local Government Decisions Through the State Courts, Urban Affairs Review, forthcoming.


Blay, A., Gooden, E., Mellon, M., Stevens, D. (2018). The Usefulness of Social Norm Theory in Empirical Business Ethics Research: A Review and Suggestions for Future Research, Journal of Business Ethics, 152(1), 191-206.

Brookins, P., Lightle, J., Ryvkin, D. (2018). Sorting and communication in weak-link group contests, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 152(August), 64-80.

Chambers, P., Dutcher, E., Isaac, R. (2018). Improving Public Good Provisions through Aid: An Experimental Analysis of Aid Structures with Heterogeneous Agents, Ecological Economics, 146, 435-446.

Coleman, E., D'Exelle, B., Lopez, M. (2018). Community-Driven Reconstruction in Colombia: An Experimental Study of Collective Action beyond Program Beneficiaries, World Development, 101, 188-201.

Cooper, D., Ioannou, C., Qi, S. (2018). Endogenous incentive contracts and efficient coordination, Games and Economic Behavior, 112, 78-97.

Cooper, D., Sutter, M. (2018). Endogenous role assignment and team performance, International Economic Review, 59 (3), 1547-1569.

Cooper, D., Van Huyck, J. (2018). Coordination and transfer, Experimental Economics, 21 (3), 487-512.

Pietryka, M., Reilly, J., Maliniak, D., Miller, P., Huckfeldt, R., Rapoport, R. (2018) From Respondents to Networks: Bridging Between Individuals, Discussants, and the Network in the Study of Political Discussion, Political Behavior, 40(3), 711-735.

Ryvkin, D., Serra, D. (2018). Is more competition always better? An experimental study of extortionary corruption, Economic Inquiry, 57(1), 50-72.


Balafoutas, L., Dutcher, E., Lindner, F., Ryvkin, D. (2017). The optimal allocation of prizes in tournaments of heterogeneous agents, Economic Inquiry, 55(1), 461-478.

Blay, A., Fennema, M. (2017). Are Accountants Made or Born? An Analysis of Self-Selection into and Success in the Accounting Major, Issues in Accounting Education, August, 33-50.

Boosey, L., Brookins, P., Ryvkin, D. (2017). Contests with group size uncertainty: Experimental evidence, Games and Economic Behavior, 105, 212-229.

Boosey, L. (2017). Conditional Cooperation in Network Public Goods Experiments, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 69, 108-116.

Cooper, D., Gangadharan, L., Noussair, C. (2017). Editors� note regarding citations of other work, Experimental Economics 20(1), 276-277.

Drugov, M., Ryvkin, D. (2017). Biased contests for symmetric players, Games and Economic Behavior, 103(May), 116-144..

Grossman, Z., van der Weele, J. (2017). Dual-Process Reasoning in Charitable Giving: Learning from Non-results, Games, 8(3), 36-49.

Grossman, Z., van der Weele, J. (2017). Self-Image and Willful Ignorance in Moral Dilemmas, Journal of the European Economic Association, 15(1), 173-217.

Hamman. J., Ahlquist, J. and Jones, B. (2017). Dependency Status and Social Insurance: An Experimental Investigation, Political Science Research and Methods, 5(1), 31-53..

Pietryka, M. and DeBats, D. (2017). It�s Not Just What You Have, but Who You Know: Networks, Social Proximity to Elites, and Voting in State and Local Elections, American Political Science Review, 111(2): 360-378.

Ryvkin, D., Semykina, A. (2017). An experimental study of democracy breakdown, income, and inequality, Experimental Economics, 20(2), 420-447.

Ryvkin, D., Serra, A., Tremewan, J. (2017). I paid a bribe: Information sharing and extortionary corruption, European Economic Review, 94(May), 1-22..

So, T., Brown, P., Chaudhuri, A., Ryvkin, D., Cameron, L. (2017). Piece-rates and tournaments: Implications for learning in a cognitively challenging task, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 142(October), 11-23.


Blay, A., Moon, J., and Paterson, J. (2016). There�s No Place Like Home: The Influence of Home-State Going-Concern Reporting Rates on Going-Concern Opinion Propensity and Accuracy, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, May, 23-51.

Boosey, L. and Isaac, R. (2016). Asymmetric Network Monitoring and Punishment in Public Goods Experiments, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 132, Part A, 26-41.

Boosey, L. (2016). Competition in a Posted-Salary Matching Market under Private Information, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, 16(2), 599 - 631.

Brandts, J., Cooper, D., Fatas, E., Qi, S. (2016). Stand by me�experiments on help and commitment in coordination games, Management Science, 62 (10), 2916-2936.

Brookins, P., Ryvkin, D. (2016). Equilibrium existence in group contests, Economic Theory Bulletin, 4(2), 265-276.

Choy, A., Hamman, J., King, R., Weber, R., (2016). Delegated Bargaining in a Competitive Agent Market: An Experimental Study, Journal of the Economic Science Association, 2(1), 22-35.

Cooper, D., Kagel, J. (2016). A failure to communicate: an experimental investigation of the effects of advice on strategic play, European Economic Review, 82, 24-45.

Cooper, D., Kuhn K. (2016). Communication and Cooperation: A Methodological Study, Southern Economic Journal, 82(4), 1167-1185.

Cooper, D., Lightle, J. (2016). The Effect of Structured Emotion Expression on Reciprocity in Bilateral Gift Exchange, Research in Experimental Economics vol. 19, Experiments in Organizational Economics, 1-18.

Goerg, S., Lightle, J., Ryvkin, D. (2016). Priming the charitable pump: An experimental investigation of two-stage raffles. Economic Inquiry, 54(1), 508-519.

Grosser, J. Seebauer, M. (2016). The curse of uninformed voting: An experimental study, Games and Economic Behavior, 97, 205-26.

Isaac, R., Kitchens, C., Portillo, J. (2016). Can Buyer �Mobility� Reduce Failures in Land Assembly?, Journal of Urban Economics, 95, 16-30.

Lubell, M., Mewhirther, J., Berardo, R., Scholz, J. (2016). Transaction costs and the perceived effectiveness of complex institutional systems, Public Administration Review, 77(5), 668-680.