Danny Cohen-Zada is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. He completed his PhD in economics at Ben-Gurion University and did his postdoc in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the economics of education and the economics of religion. He published his work in the International Economic Review, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Regional Science and Urban Economics and the Economics of Education Review.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2010.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10878

The order of actions in contests may generate different psychological effects which, in turn, may influence contestants' probabilities to win. The Prouhet-Thue-Morse sequence in which the first 'n' moves is the exact mirror image of the next 'n' moves should theoretically terminate any advantage to any of the contestants in...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10587
Published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2017, 61, 176-190

We exploit a unique setting in which two professionals compete in a real-life tennis contest with high monetary rewards in order to assess how men and women respond to competitive pressure. Comparing their performance in low-stakes versus high-stakes situations, we find that men consistently choke under competitive pressure, but with...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10569

We analyze the role of formal religious education in the intergenerational transmission of religious values. We first develop a model of school choice in which the demand for religious schooling is driven partly by the desire of parents to limit their children's exposure to the influences of competing religions. The...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10568
Itay Attar, Danny Cohen-Zada

Using Israeli data, we estimate the effect of school entrance age (SEA) on student outcomes. Unlike much of the recent literature, our identification strategy strictly satisfies the monotonicity assumption required for interpreting our estimates as the local average treatment effect (LATE), and also separates the effect of SEA from date...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9845
published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017, 135, 66-81

We exploit a natural experiment in which two professionals compete in a one-stage contest without strategic motives and where one contestant has a clear exogenous psychological momentum advantage over the other in order to estimate the causal effect of psychological momentum on performance. We find that men's performance is significantly...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5198
published in: Journal of Law and Economics, 2011, 54 (4), 889-906

In this paper, we first explore how an exogenous increase in the opportunity cost of religious participation affects individuals' religious participation and reported happiness using data from the General Social Survey. The exogenous shift in the cost of religious participation is a result of repealing of so-called blue laws which...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4679
published as 'Allocation of students in public schools: Theory and new evidence' in: Economics of Education Review, 2013, 34, 96-106

Using a rich individual-level dataset on secondary public schools in Israel, we find strong evidence for discontinuities in the relationship between enrollment and household characteristics at cutoff points induced by a maximum class size rule. Our findings extend existing work that documents such discontinuities only among private schools (Urquiola and...