complexity/bounded rationality

Oprea, R. What Makes a Rule Complex?” revising for the American Economic Review. [pdf]

Oprea, R., Yuksel, S. "Social Exchange of Motivated Beliefs" [pdf]

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

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

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]

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

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]

continuous time/dynamic games

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

market dynamics

Crockett, S., Friedman, D. and Oprea R. "General Equilibrium and Revealed Preferences:  A Laboratory Experiment." [pdf]

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," Journal of Economic Theory, 2018, 176:  342-371.  [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

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

other work

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

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

ryan oprea
professor of economics, uc 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 (taught with Emanuel Vespa). [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

University of California, Santa Barbara

UCSB Economics Department (where I work)

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)