Robert D. Metcalfe

Assistant Professor

Reidy Family Career Development Assistant Professorship

Markets, Public Policy, & Law

Questrom School of Business

Boston University

rdmet@bu.edu

Faculty Research Fellow

National Bureau of Economic Research

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I am an applied microeconomist and my research focuses on using field experimental methods to understand human behavior in consumer markets and within organizations. A theme in my research is to understand such behavior and the measurement of welfare in the presence of market imperfections and externalities.

 Working Papers:

Efficiency and Equity Impacts of Energy Subsidies. 

Hahn, R., Metcalfe, R.

Revise and resubmit at American Economic Review (paper completed but embargoed)

Using Big Data to Estimate Consumer Surplus: The Case of Uber. 

Cohen, P.,  Hahn, R.,  Hall, J., Metcalfe, R.,  Levitt, S. 

Revision requested, Journal of Political Economy [Slides] 

Can Myopic Loss Aversion Explain the Equity Premium Puzzle? Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment with Professional Traders. 

Larson, F., List, J., Metcalfe, R.

Revision requested, Econometrica [Slides] 

Smart Meters: Do Their Prices Matter to Their Adoption and Do They Save Energy? 

List, J., Metcalfe, R., Price, M.

Revise and resubmit at the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

The Deadweight Loss of Social Recognition.

Butera, L., Morrison, W., Metcalfe, R., Taubinsky T. [Slides]

Do the Effects of Social Nudges Persist? Theory and Evidence from 38 Natural Field Experiments. 

Brandon, A., Ferraro, P., List, J., Metcalfe, R., Price, M., Rundhammer, F. [Slides]

The Making of Homo Honoratus: From Omission to Commission. 

Hallsworth, M., List, J., Metcalfe, R., Vlaev, I.  

Harnessing Policy Complementarities to Conserve Energy: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment. 

List, J., Metcalfe, R., Price, M., Rundhammer, F.  

The Value of Time in the U.S. 

Goldszmidt, A., List, J., Metcalfe, R., Muir, I., Smith, K., Wang, J.. Coming soon.

Estimating Welfare in Regulated Markets Using Sufficient Statistics: An Application to Public Transit. 

Hahn, R., Metcalfe, R., Tam, E. Coming soon.

 

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

The Impact of Management Practices on Employee Productivity: A Field Experiment with Airline Captains. 

Gosnell. G., List, J., Metcalfe, R. (2020)

 Journal of Political Economy [Harvard Business Review] [Slides]

Testing for Crowd Out in Social Nudges: Evidence from a Natural Field Experiment in the Market for Electricity. 

Brandon, A., List, J., Metcalfe, R., Price, M., Rundhammer, F. (2019)

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States

Quantifying the Intangible Impact of the Olympics Using Subjective Well-Being Data. 

Dolan, P., Kavetsos, G., Krekel, C., Mavridis, D., Metcalfe, R., Senik, S., Szymanski, S., Ziebarth, N. (2019)

Journal of Public Economics  [Slides]

Students' Effort and Educational Achievement: Using the Timing of the World Cup to Vary the Value of Leisure. 

Burgess, S., Metcalfe, R., Proud, S. (2019)

Journal of Public Economics

The Behavioralist as Tax Collector: Using Natural Field Experiments to Enhance Tax Compliance. 

Hallsworth, M., List, J., Metcalfe, R., Vlaev, I. (2017) 

Journal of Public Economics

Bio:

Prior to joining Boston University, I was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Economics at the University of Chicago and a Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Oxford (Merton College). I have previously worked in the U.K. Government as an Economist, and had a short-term position as a Fellow at the Social and Behavioral Sciences Team at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the U.S. President.  I completed my Ph.D. and M.Sc. at Imperial College London and the London School of Economics respectively.  I grew up in Swansea, UK.

My CV is here.  For more academic and policy papers, please see Google Scholar, RePEc.

I am also co-founder of two start-ups, The Behavioralist and Signol