working papers

Banovetz, J. and Oprea R. "Complexity and Procedural Choice," revising for the American Economic Journal:  Microeconomics [pdf]

Kendall, C. and Oprea, R.  "On the Complexity of Inferring Models from Data," [soon]

Freeman, D. and Oprea, R.  "Bounded Rationality and Elicited Preferences for Risk," [soon]

Oprea, R. and Robalino, N. "Evolution as a Source of Behavioral Hypotheses in Economics:  The Case of Aggregate Risk," [soon]

Backhaus, T., Huck, S., Leutgeb, J. and Oprea, R.  "Learning through Period and Physical Time," revising for Games and Economic Behavior  [soon]

Magnani,  J. and Oprea, R. "Why Do People Violate No-Trade Theorems?  A Diagnostic Experiment" [pdf]

selected papers

Oprea, R. What Makes a Rule Complex?” American Economic Review, 2020, 110:12, 3913-3951.  [pdf]

Calford, E. and Oprea, R. “Continuity, Inertia and Strategic Uncertainty: A Test of the Theory of Continuous Time Games,” Econometrica, 2017, 85(3): 915-935. [pdf][appdx]

Oprea, R. Survival Versus Profit Maximization in a Dynamic Stochastic Experiment,” Econometrica, 2014, 82(6): 2225-2255. [pdf]

Friedman, D. and Oprea, R. “A Continuous Dilemma,” American Economic Review, 2012, 102:1, 337-363. [pdf][appdx][data]

Crockett, S., Oprea, R., Plott, C. “Extreme Walrasian Dynamics: The Gale Example in the Lab,” American Economic Review, 2011, 101:7, 3196-3220. [pdf][appdx][data]

Anderson, S., Friedman, D. and Oprea, R. “Preemption Games: Theory and Experiment,” American Economic Review, 2010, 100:4, 1778-1803. [pdf][appdx]

Oprea, R., Friedman, D., Anderson, S. “Learning to Wait: A Laboratory Investigation,” Review of Economic Studies, 2009,76:3, 1103-1124.[pdf]

more papers

Oprea, R., Yuksel, S. "Social Exchange of Motivated Beliefs,forthcoming in the Journal of the European Economic Association [pdf]

Crockett, S., Friedman, D. and Oprea R. "Naturally Occurring Preferences and General Equilibrium:  A Laboratory Experiment."  International Economic Review, 2021 62(2): 831-859 [pdf]

Charness, G., Oprea, R., Yuksel, S.  "How Do People Choose Between Biased Information Sources?  Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment,"  Journal of the European Economic Association, 2021, 19(3). [pdf]

Kendall, C. and Oprea, R. “Are Biased Beliefs Fit to Survive? An Experimental Test of the Market Selection Hypothesis," Journal of Economic Theory, 2018, 176:  342-371.  [pdf]

Huck, S., Leutgeb, J. and Oprea, R. "Payoff Information Hampers the Evolution of Cooperation," Nature Communications, May 2017 [link]

Magnani, J., Gorry, A. and Oprea, R. “Time and State Dependence in an Ss Decision Experiment,,” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2016, 8(1): 285-310. [pdf]

Friedman, D., Huck, S., Oprea, R. and Weidenholzer, S. “From Imitation to Collusion: Long-run Learning in a Low-Information Environment,” Journal of Economic Theory, 2015, 155: 185-205. [pdf]

Oprea, R., Charness, G. and Friedman, D. “Continuous Time and Communication in a Public-goods Experiment,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 108: 212-223. [pdf]

Pettit, J., Kephart, C., Friedman, D. and Oprea, R.“Software for Continuous Game Experiments,” Experimental Economics, 2014, 17:631-648. [pdf]

Oprea, R., Wilson, B. and Zillante, A. “War of Attrition: Evidence from a Laboratory Experiment on Market Exit,” Economic Inquiry, 2013, 41:4 2018-2027. [pdf]

Oprea, R., Henwood, K. and Friedman, D. “Separating the Hawks from the Doves: Evidence from Continuous Time Laboratory Games,” with Keith Henwood and Daniel Friedman. Journal of Economic Theory , 2011, 146:6, 2206-2225. [pdf]

Hanson, R. and Oprea, R. “A Manipulator Can Aid Prediction Market Accuracy,” Economica, 2009, 76, 304-314. [pdf]

Oprea, R. “Free Cash Flow and Takeover Threats: An Experimental Study,” Southern Economic Journal , 2008, 75:2, 351-366. [pdf]

Amaldoss, W., Ho, Teck-Hua, Krishna, A., Chen, K.Y., Desai, P., Iyer, G., Jain, S., Lim, N., Morgan, J., Srivasatava, J. “Experiments on Strategic Choices and Markets,” Marketing Letters, 2008, 19:13, 417-429. [pdf]

Oprea, R., Smith, V.L., Winn, A. “A Compensation Election for Binary Social Choice,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007, 104:3, 1093-1096. [pdf

Hanson, R., Oprea, R. and Porter, D. “Information Aggregation and Manipulation in an Experimental Market,” with Robin Hanson and David Porter. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2006, 60:1, 449-459. [pdf

ryan oprea
professor of economics, uc santa barbara

I am the Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair of Economics and the Director of the Laboratory for the Integration of Theory and Experiments (LITE) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.   

I use experimental economics to study bounded rationality and economic dynamics in competitive markets, individual choices, and games. You can find my curriculum vita here

department of economics
uc santa barbara
3028 north hall
santa barbara, ca 93106-9210

tel: 831-331-0740
fax: 805-893-8830

classes and teaching

Economics 278: The experimental economics sequence in the UCSB economics Ph.D. program. [site]

Economics 176: An introduction to the use of laboratory methods in economics for undergraduates. [site]

Economics 1: An introduction to microeconomics for undergraduates.

editorial and service

Associate Editor, American Economic Review, 2019-

Associate Editor, Games and Economic Behavior, 2018-

Associate Editor, Experimental Economics, 2017-

Executive Committee, Economic Science Association, 2018-

Executive Committee, Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, 2016-

some links

LITE (my experimental economics lab)

Sign up to participate in an economics experiment

University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB Economics Department 

R (software I use to analyze data)

Python NumPy, SciPy, Pandas, Matplotlib etc. (software I use for some quantitative work)