dynamic stochastic behavior

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

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

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

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]

dynamic/continuous games

Calford, E. and Oprea, R. “Continuity, Inertia and Strategic Uncertainty: A Test of the Theory of Continuous Time Games,” Econometrica,  Forthcoming.  [pdf]

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

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]

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]

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

general equilibrium dynamics

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]

Kendall, C. and Oprea, R. “Are Biased Beliefs Fit to Survive? An Experimental Test of the Market Selection Hypothesis” [pdf]

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

Crockett, S., Friedman, D. and Oprea R. "General Equilibrium Dynamics under Revealed Rather than Induced Preferences." [soon]

Crockett, S. and Oprea, R. “In the Long Run We All Trade: Reference Dependence in Dynamic Economies,” [revising]


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]

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 use experimental economics to study economic dynamics and disequilibrium behavior 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
email: roprea@gmail.com

classes and teaching

Economics 276a: The first of a two course sequence in experimental economics 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.

Experimental economics reading group: An experimental/behavioral/theory reading group attended by faculty and grad students. [site]

some links

University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB Economics Department (where I work)

Economic Science Association (professional society for experimental economists)

EBEL (my experimental economics lab)

Sign up for an EBEL experiment

R (software I use to analyze data)

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