WORK IN PROGRESS:
- “The Competitive Woman - Evolutionary Insights and Cross-Cultural Evidence into Finding the Femina Economica.” Alessandra Cassar & Y. Jane Zhang. Working Paper 2021.
- "Mothers, Fathers, and Others: Competition and Cooperation in the Aftermath of Conflict." Alessandra Cassar, Pauline Grosjean, and Fatima Jamal Khan. Working Paper 2021.
- "Cooperation & Competition in Monogamous and Polygynous Households: Experimental Evidence from Sierra Leone." Monique Borgerhoff Mulder , Alessandra Cassar, Bethany Gerdemann, Cristina Moya. Working Paper 2021.
- "Prosocial option increases women's entry into competition." Alessandra Cassar & Mary Rigdon. PNAS, forthcoming.
- "Option to Cooperate Increases Women's Competitiveness and Closes the Gender Gap." Alessandra Cassar & Mary Rigdon. Evolution and Human Behavior, forthcoming.
- “Raising Achievement Among Microentrepreneurs: An Experimental Test of Goals, Incentives, and Support Groups in Medellin, Colombia”. Paulina Aguinaga, Alessandra Cassar, Jennifer Graham, Lauren Skora, and Bruce Wydick. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Volume 161, Pages 79-97, 2019.
- "War Increases Religiosity". Joseph Henrich, Michal Bauer, Alessandra Cassar, Julie Chytilová, & Benjamin Grant Purzycki. Nature Human Behaviour, Vol. 3, 129–135, 2019.
- “Financial exclusion in developed countries: a field experiment among migrants and low-income people in Italy”. Giorgia Barboni, Alessandra Cassar, Timothee Demont. Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy, Vol. 1, No. 2, 39-49, 2017.
- “Trust, Risk, and Time Preferences After a Natural Disaster: Experimental Evidence from Thailand”. Alessandra Cassar, Andrew Healy and Carl von Kessler. World Development (2017) Vol. 94, pp. 90–105.
- “Gender, Behavior, and Women’s Economic Empowerment“ CGD Background Paper. Washington, DC: Center for Global Development. Alessandra Cassar and Elizabeth Katz. 2016.
- "Competing for the Benefit of Offspring Eliminates the Gender Gap in Competitiveness". Alessandra Cassar, Feven Wordofa, and Y. Jane Zhang. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS : May 10, 2016, vol. 113, no. 19, 5201-5205.
- “Institutional Quality, Culture, and Norms of Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Italy and Kosovo”. Alessandra Cassar, Giovanna D’Adda and Pauline Grosjean. Forthcoming, Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. 57, 2014.
- “Violence, Conflict-Related.” Alessandra Cassar, Pauline Grosjean and Sam Whitt. Forthcoming, Encyclopedia of Law and Economics edited by Jürgen Backhaus. id: 438460.
- “War’s Enduring Effects on the Development of Egalitarian Motivations and In-group Biases.” Michal Bauer, Alessandra Cassar, Julie Chytilová and Joseph Henrich. Psychological Science, Vol. 25(1) 47 –57, 2014.
- “Do Risky Borrowers Really Invest in Risky Projects? A Test of Stiglitz and Weiss with Bolivian Microfinance.” Alessandra Cassar, Bruce Wydick and Eliana Zeballos. The Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 50(2) 276–287, 2014.
- “Legacies of Violence: Trust and Market Development.” Alessandra Cassar, Pauline Grosjean and Sam Whitt. Journal of Economic Growth, Vol. 18 285–318, 2013.
- “Social Preferences of Ex-Combatants: Survey and Experimental Evidence from Postwar Tajikistan.” Alessandra Cassar, Pauline Grosjean and Sam Whitt. Forthcoming in: The Economics of Conflict: Theory and Empirical Evidence, edited by Karl Wärneryd, MIT Press, 2013.
- “Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard in Joint Liability Loan Contracts: Evidence from an Artefactual Field Experiment.” Giorgia Barboni, Alessandra Cassar, Arturo Rodriguez Trejo and Bruce Wydick. Journal of Economics and Management. Vol. 9(2), 2013.
- “Trust and Trustworthiness in Networked Exchange.” Alessandra Cassar and Mary Rigdon. Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 71(2) 282–303, 2011.
- “A Laboratory Investigation of Networked Markets.” Alessandra Cassar, Daniel Friedman and Patricia Higino Schneider. The Economic Journal, Vol. 120, Issue 547, 919–943, 2010.
- “Does Social Capital Matter? Evidence from a Five-Country Group Lending Experiment”. Alessandra Cassar and Bruce Wydick. Oxford Economic Papers, Vol. 62(4) 715-739, 2010.
- “Cheating in Markets: A Laboratory Investigation.” Alessandra Cassar, Daniel Friedman and Patricia Higino Schneider. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol. 72(1) 240-259, 2009.
- “Spillovers and Growth in a Local Interaction Model.” Alessandra Cassar and Rosella Nicolini. The Annals of Regional Science, Vol. 42(2), 2008.
- “The Effect of Social Capital on Group Loan Repayment: Evidence from Field Experiments.” Alessandra Cassar, Lucas Crowley and Bruce Wydick. The Economic Journal, Vol. 117, Issue 517, F85, 2007.
- “Coordination and Cooperation in Local, Random and Small World Networks: Experimental Evidence.” Alessandra Cassar. Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 58(2) 209-230, 2007.
- Economics Lab: An Intensive Course in Experimental Economics - by Daniel Friedman and Alessandra Cassar with contributions from Reinhard Selten and others. Routledge Advances in Experimental & Computable Economics, Routledge, 2004.
- “Contagion of Financial Crises under Local and Global Networks.” Alessandra Cassar and Nigel Duffy. In Agent-Based Methods in Economics and Finance: Simulations in Swarm, edited by Francesco Luna and Alessandro Perrone, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001.
WORK IN PROGRESS:
- Cooperation and Competition among Monogamous and Polygynous Households in Sierra Leone.
- Improvement in Sanitary Products for Menstruation and Female Outcomes.
- Effects of Quality Health Care and Support Networks on Maternal and Children Outcomes in Uganda.
- Supporting Women's Economic Entrepreneurship in Abuja, Nigeria: An Economic Experiment.
- 2019-2022. 3-year grant from the NSF (National Science Foundation) grant titled: “Gender Differences in Willingness to Compete – Incentive Mechanism Effects” in collaboration with Mary Rigdon.
- 2017. Charles Koch Foundation grant titled: “Improvement in Sanitary Products for Menstruation and Female Outcomes” to support fieldwork in Nepal.
- 2016. Charles Koch Foundation grant titled: “Improving Education in Disadvantaged Communities and Decreasing the Gender Gap” to support fieldwork in Colombia, Bosnia, and Togo.
- 2013. Levis Strauss Foundation grant for the project: “Financial Inclusion in a Developed Country: An Experiment about Formal Savings in Italy.”
- 2012. Charles Koch Foundation grant to support students’ research for a project in Zimbabwe and Zambia titled: “Managing Risk through Social Networks in Zimbabwe.”
- 2011. Grant from Title VIII/Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research for the project: “Culture, Institutions and Economic Exchange: Experimental evidence from Kosovo” in collaboration with Pauline Grosjean.
- 2010. Grant from Title VIII/Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research for “Democracy, Violence, Trust and Economic Preferences: An Empirical Investigation in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan” in collaboration with Pauline Grosjean.
- 2004-2008. Grant from the NSF (National Science Foundation) for “A Laboratory Investigation of Networked Markets.” Alessandra Cassar, Daniel Friedman and Patricia Higino Schneider.
- REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) supplemental funds from National Science Foundation to support undergraduate students.
- Funds from the University of San Francisco Faculty Development Funds 2004 – present.
- 2002. Grant from University of California, Santa Cruz for experiments on Social Networks in International Trade.
- 1998-1999. STAR and GSA research grant from University of California, Santa Cruz for experiments on Cooperation and Coordination with Local Interactions.
- “An Electronic Calendar Auction.” Alessandra Cassar and Daniel Friedman. White Paper commissioned by OneDayFree, 2000.
- Modelli Teorici e Tests Empirici della Relazione tra Tassi di Cambio e Prezzi all'Esportazione. Alessandra Cassar. 1996 Prize “Luigi Casati” by Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei for Best Undergraduate Thesis.
- Title: Local, Random, and Small-World Networks: Economic Consequences for Coordination, Cooperation, and Contagion. September 2001. Principal Advisor: Professor Daniel Friedman.