Yossef (Yossi) Tobol received his Ph.D. in Economics at Bar-Ilan University (Ramat-Gan, Israel) in 2006. His research interests include issues in behavioral economics, experimental economics, health economics, migration and labor economics. Yossi has published in Journals such as Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review and Journal of Population Economics. He is currently working on Higher Education, public good experiments and on field experiments on honesty.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2012.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10709
forthcoming in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

The extensive body of survey-based research correlating between students' cheating and their academic grade point average (GPA) consistently finds a significant negative relationship between cheating and the GPA. The present paper reports the results of a two-round experiment designed to expose student cheating at the individual level and correlate it...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10609
Ronen Bar-El, Yossi Tobol
published in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2017, 68, 13-17

We study the effect of religiosity, gender, and "day of the week", on the level of honesty by conducting under-the-cup experiment among religious and secular, female and male Jewish students. We show that the level of honesty among religious subject, males and females, increases as the day of the experiment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10564
Yuval Arbel, Ronen Bar-El, Yossi Tobol

We model a higher education system that admits students according to their admission signal (e.g., matriculation GPA, SAT), which is, in turn, affected by their cognitive ability and socioeconomic background. We show that subsidizing education loans increases neither human capital stock nor aggregate consumption, but only yields income redistribution mainly...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9860
published in: Experimental Economics, 2017, 20, 130-155

We conduct a field experiment on 427 Israeli soldiers who each rolled a six-sided die in private and reported the outcome. For every point reported, the soldier received an additional half-hour early release from the army base on Thursday afternoon. We find that the higher a soldier's military entrance score,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8532

We study the dynamics of the private provision of a public good that requires both capacity buildup and ongoing operating costs. We show that setting a time limit for the collection of contributions dedicated to capacity buildup minimizes the utility loss at the Nash equilibrium. We test the theoretical model...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8286
substantially revised version available as IZA DP No. 9860

We report the results of a field experiment on honesty conducted on 427 Israeli soldiers fulfilling their mandatory military service. Each soldier rolled a six-sided die in private and reported the outcome to the unit's cadet coordinator. For every point reported, the soldier received an additional half hour early release...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7946
published as 'Roll a Die and Tell a Lie: What Affects Honesty?' in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2014, 107, 153-172

We examine the effect of adherence to behavioral codes, as measured by the degree of religiosity, on the level of honesty by conducting under-the-cup die experiments. The findings suggest that behavioral codes, which prohibit lying, offset the monetary incentive to lie. The highest level of honesty is found among young...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7312
published in: European Economic Review, 2014, 65, 126-135

We show that temporally distancing the decision task from the payment of the reward increases honest behavior. Each of 427 Israeli soldiers fulfilling their mandatory military service rolled a six-sided die in private and reported the outcome to the unit's cadet coordinator. For every point reported, the soldier received an...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7307
Ronen Bar-El, Yossi Tobol
published as 'Fundraising to a real-life public good – evidence from the laboratory' in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2016, 65, 27-37 (with Yuval Arbel)

We conduct a contribution game for a real public good and show that when the contributors value the real public good highly, they increase their contributions in each round. Thus, contrary to previous literature, free riding decreases over rounds and the end-game effect is reversed.

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6416
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2014, 35(6), 798-816

Previous studies of immigrant populations suggest that ceteris paribus (after controlling for the number of years in the receiving country and other socio-demographic variables), the level of income is strongly and positively correlated with fluency in the local language. Based on a phone survey held in 2005 among a representative...

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