Research - Sieberg

My main lines of research are in experimental economics and in healthcare economics.

I also use experimental methods to explore how well our theories work and to develop extensions to theories when tests reveal that people do not behave as we expect.

My healthcare research looks at efficiencies and coverage in various types of healthcare institutions. I also explore the incentives that healthcare systems give to the various actors – doctors, patients, administrators, insurers, etc – within them.

I have used economics to explore criminal policy.

I have also done extensive social choice research, to explore how different voting methods or mechanisms can affect outcomes.


Select articles


“An Experimental Study of Jury Voting Behavior,”  with Lisa R. Anderson, Charles A. Holt and Allison Oldham. in N. Schofield, G. Caballero (eds.), The Political Economy of Governance, Studies in Political Economy, Springer International Publishing, 2015.

“An Experimental Analysis of Asymmetric Power in Conflict Bargaining” with David Clark, Charles A. Holt, Timothy Nordstrom, and William Reed. Games 4(3): 375-397.



Social Choice:

“Probability and Plausibility of Cycles in Three-party Systems: A Mathematical Formulation and Application,” With Michael D. McDonald, British Journal of Political Science, 41 (03): 681-692

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Game Theory:


 “Information and Cooperation,” Homo Oeconomicus 29(4). 2013.


 “Resistance is Futile!: Impacts of Repression on Dissident Activity.”  in The Serious Game of PoliticsFestschrift for Matti Wiberg, Tapio Raunio and Hannu Nurmi, Eds, Finnish Political Science Association.


William Heller and I have a series of papers that using evolutionary game theory to understand the evolution of norms.

“Functional Unpleasantness: the evolutionary logic of righteous resentment,” Public Choice, 135: 399-413. 2008.

A link: FU Factor1

“Honor among thieves: Cooperation as a strategic response to functional unpleasantness,” European Journal of Political Economy, 2009.

A link: FU Factor 2


Policy Analysis:

Criminal Dilemmas: Understanding and Preventing Crime, 2nd Edition, Springer Verlag, 1995.


Health Care Policy:

“Kustannustehokuuden ja kattavuuden ongelmat Yhdysvaltain terveydenhuollossa,” with Olga Shvestosva, Binghamton University

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The same paper in English

“Cost efficiency and coverage problems in US healthcare,” with Olga Shvetsova

A link: Cost efficiency paper


“Deciding How to Choose the US Healthcare System,” in Norman Schofield, Gonzalo Caballero and Daniel Kselman eds. Advances in Political Economy: Institutions, Modelling and Empirical Analysis, Springer Verlag, 2013.

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