Lucas Rentschler

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at Utah State University and the Director of the Experimental Economics Program and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Growth and Opportunity.

My current research can be roughly divided into three categories. In the first, I study auctions and contests from both a theoretical and experimental perspective. I focus on the implications of asymmetric information, endogenous entry, and valuation structure. In the second, I try to understand the implications of the incentives faced by legal actors. I am particularly interested in prosecutorial incentives and the plea bargaining process.  In the third, I study informal institutions. My work thus far has largely focused on cultural differences in social norms.

Education

  • Ph.D. 2010

    Ph.D. in Economics

    Texas A&M University

  • B.S. 2004

    B.S. in Quantitative Economics and English

    Weber State University

Positions

  • Present2019

    Director of the Experimental Economics Program

    Center for Growth and Opportunity

  • Present2019

    Senior Research Fellow

    Center for Growth and Opportunity

  • Present7/2017

    Assistant Professor

    Utah State University

  • 5/20171/2017

    Research Professor

    Chapman University

  • 20162010

    Professor of Economics

    Universidad Francisco Marroquín

  • Present2013

    Senior Research Fellow

    Centro Vernon Smith de Economía Experimental

  • 20132010

    Research Fellow

    Centro Vernon Smith de Economía Experimental