working papers

Crockett, S., Friedman, D. and Oprea R. "On the General Equilibrium Implications of Experimentally Revealed Preferences." [soon]

Charness, G., Oprea, R., Yuksel, S.  "How Do People Choose Between Biased Sources of Information?" [soon]

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

published papers

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

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

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]

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

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]

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]

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

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 research summaries

Continuous Time Games (Plenary talk, Economic Science Association World Meeting, 2015) [slides]

Dynamic-Stochastic Choice (Society for Experimental Finance Summer School, Heidelberg, 2018) [slides]

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)