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Stephen V. Burks
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too w Burks Stephen Burks is Professor of Economics and Management at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM). He earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1999 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His two main research areas are experimental and behavioral personnel economics, and the economics of the U.S. trucking industry, and he discovered his interest in the former in part through his work on the labor market of the latter. Much of his empirical research addresses how experimentally identified social, loss, time, and risk preferences affect the way in which labor economics explains the employment relationship. More recently he has been working on the relationship between the health status of truckers and their accident risk, turnover, productivity, and medical costs. He is affiliated with the Centre for Decision Research and Experimental Economics ("CeDEx," University of Nottingham, UK), the Center for Transportation Studies (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), the Trucking Industry Program (Georgia Institute of Technology), and he is Chair of the standing technical Committee on Trucking Industry Research (AT060) at the Transportation Research Board (a division of the National Research Councils of the U.S.) His work has been published in Management Science, the Review of Economic Studies, Experimental Economics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Accident Analysis and Prevention, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Research in Experimental Economics, and Research in Transportation Economics, among other places, and he received the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research award in 2014. He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2005.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
9767  Stephen V. Burks
Daniele Nosenzo
Jon E. Anderson
Matthew Bombyk
Derek Ganzhorn
Lorenz Götte
Aldo Rustichini
Lab Measures of Other-Regarding Preferences Can Predict Some Related On-the-Job Behavior: Evidence from a Large Scale Field Experiment
7952  Stephen V. Burks
Connor Lewis
Paul Kivi
Amanda Wiener
Jon E. Anderson
Lorenz Götte
Colin G. DeYoung
Aldo Rustichini
Moving Ahead by Thinking Backwards: Cognitive Skills, Personality, and Economic Preferences in Collegiate Success
(revised version published as 'Cognitive Skills, Personality, and Economic Preferences in Collegiate Success' in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 115, 30–44)
7382  Stephen V. Burks
Bo Cowgill
Mitchell Hoffman
Michael Housman
The Value of Hiring through Referrals
(revised version published as 'The Value of Hiring through Employee Referrals' in: Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, 130(2), 805-839)
6750  Aldo Rustichini
Colin G. DeYoung
Jon E. Anderson
Stephen V. Burks
Toward the Integration of Personality Theory and Decision Theory in the Explanation of Economic and Health Behavior
6408  Jon E. Anderson
Manjari Govada
Tricia K. Steffen
Chris P. Thorne
Vasileia Varvarigou
Stefanos N. Kales
Stephen V. Burks
Health Behavior and Accident Risk: Obesity Is Associated with the Future Risk of Heavy Truck Crashes among Newly Recruited Commercial Drivers
(revised version published as 'Obesity is associated with the future risk of heavy truck crashes among newly recruited commercial drivers,' in: Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2012, 49, 378-384)
6375  Stephen V. Burks
Frederick Guy
What Are Over-the-Road Truckers Paid For? Evidence from an Exogenous Regulatory Change on the Role of Social Comparisons and Work Organization in Wage Determination
5818  Stephen V. Burks
Erin L. Krupka
A Multi-Method Approach to Identifying Norms and Normative Expectations within a Corporate Hierarchy: Evidence from the Financial Services Industry
(revised version published in: Management Science, 2012, 1 (58), 203-217)
5808  Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Lorenz Götte
Aldo Rustichini
Which Measures of Time Preference Best Predict Outcomes? Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment
(revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2012, 84 (1), 308-320)
5389  Jon E. Anderson
Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Lorenz Götte
Karsten Maurer
Daniele Nosenzo
Ruth Potter
Kim Rocha
Aldo Rustichini
Self Selection Does Not Increase Other-Regarding Preferences among Adult Laboratory Subjects, but Student Subjects May Be More Self-Regarding than Adults
(revised version published online as 'Self-Selection and Variations in the Laboratory Measurement of Other-Regarding Preferences Across Subject Pools: Evidence From One College Student and Two Adult Samples' in: Experimental Economics, 2013, 16 (2), 170-189)
4840  Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Lorenz Götte
Aldo Rustichini
Overconfidence is a Social Signaling Bias
(revised version published as 'Overconfidence and Social Signalling' in: Review of Economic Studies, 2013, 80 (3), 949-983)
3609  Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Lorenz Götte
Aldo Rustichini
Cognitive Skills Explain Economic Preferences, Strategic Behavior, and Job Attachment
(revised version published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2009, 106 (19), 7745-7750)
2789  Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Lorenz Götte
Kristen Monaco
Kay Porter
Aldo Rustichini
Using Behavioral Economic Experiments at a Large Motor Carrier: The Context and Design of the Truckers and Turnover Project
(published in: Stefan Bender, Julia Lane, Kathryn Shaw, Fredrik Andersson, and Till Von Wachter (eds.), The Analysis of Firms and Employees: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, NBER and University of Chicago Press, 2008, 45-106)
2576  Kenneth D. Boyer
Stephen V. Burks
Stuck in the Slow Lane: Traffic Composition and the Measurement of Labor Productivity in the U.S. Trucking Industry
(published in: Southern Economic Journal, 75 (4), 2009, 1220-1237)
2013  Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Lorenz Götte
Performance Pay and the Erosion of Worker Cooperation: Field Experimental Evidence
(revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2009, 70 (3), 458-469)
1352  Eric Verhoogen
Stephen V. Burks
Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Fairness and Freight-Handlers: Local Labor-Market Conditions and Wage-Fairness Perceptions in a Trucking Firm
(revised version published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2007, 60 (4), 477-498)
1341  Jeffrey P. Carpenter
Stephen V. Burks
Eric Verhoogen
Comparing Students to Workers: The Effects of Social Framing on Behavior in Distribution Games
(published in: J. Carpenter, G. Harrison, and J. List (eds.), Field Experiments in Economics (Research in Experimental Economics, 10), 2005, 261 - 289)



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