Academic Staff

Dr David Reinstein BS (GWU), PhD (U. of Calif., Berkeley)

Position in departmentDirector of Undergraduate Projects (Autumn Term only)
Staff positionLecturer
E-maildrein (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)
Telephone3518 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
Room3.204
Office hoursThursdays 11:00-13:00 during term time
Biography

David Reinstein joined the department in September 2006 from UC Berkeley. His interests include altruism, social pressure, psychology, institutions, information, and market structure. In particular, he studies how these impact on consumer behaviour as well as social outcomes (efficiency and distribution).

David Reinstein's research focuses on altruism, charitable giving, social motivators, and consumer behaviour. His current research combines economic modelling, analysis of observational data, and experiments to answer a variety of interconnected questions. These topics are examined in  "The Influence of Expert Reviews on Consumer Demand for Experience Goods: A Case Study of Movie Critics" (with Chris M. Snyder, Journal of Industrial Economics, 2005), in "Efficient Consumer Altruism and Fair Trade Products" (JEMS, 2012), in "Anonymous Rituals" (JEBO, 2012), in "Does One Contribution Come at the Expense of Another? Empirical Evidence on Substitution Between Charitable Donations" (BEJEAP Advances, 2011), in "Decomposing Desert and Tangibility Effects in a Charitable Giving Experiment" (Exper. Econ., 2012), in "Substitution Among Charitable Contributions : An Experimental Study" (in Submission), and in "Reputation and Influence in Charitable Giving: An Experiment" (with Gerhard Riener, Theory and Decision, 2012).

David Reinstein's Curriculum Vitae [Click here for web CV] [Here for pdf CV]

Websitehttp://davidreinstein.wordpress.com/
Research interests
  • other-regarding behaviour and altruism
  • charitable giving, international aid, and disaster relief
  • social influences and motivators
  • consumer behaviour and price discrimination
  • reputation and shyness
  • policy innovations
  • economic modelling, analysis of observational data
  • lab and field evidence on preferences and beliefs
  • information and experience goods
  • returns to higher education and the outcomes of major life choices

Teaching responsibilities
  • EC831 Undergraduate Project Autumn term)
  • EC951 Economics of Organisational Management [course materials]
Publications

David Reinstein and Chris M. Snyder, ‘The Influence of Expert Reviews on Consumer Demand for Experience Goods: A Case Study of Movie Critics”, Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 53. No. 1, pp 27-51 (March 2005). Cartoon.

“Efficient Consumer Altruism and Fair Trade” with Joon Song [Essex]. Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Volume 21
Number 1, Spring 2012. pdf presentation slides teaching slides | Cartoon

“Does One Contribution Come at the Expense of Another? Empirical Evidence on Substitution between Charitable Donations”, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 11:  Iss. 1 (Advances), Article 40.

“Reputation and Influence in Charitable Giving: An Experiment” with Gerhard Riener [Univ. of Jena, Germany]. Theory and Decision, Volume 72, Issue 2 (2012), Page 221-243pdf | presentation slides

“Decomposing Desert and Tangibility Effects in a Charitable Giving Experiment” with Gerhard Riener.  Experimental Economics,  Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2012.  pdf 

“Anonymous Rituals“  with David Hugh-Jones [Max Planck Institute for Economics, Jena, Germany]. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 81 (2012), pp. 478-489.  pdf | Related cartoon

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