I'm Jeff Butler.


Behavioral Economist at the University of California, Merced.


I am interested in topics at the intersection of economics, sociology and psychology. My current research investigates the interactions between identity, culture, social environment, preferences and outcomes with a particular focus on how experienced inequality affects beliefs, values, trust, aspirations and behavior.

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The short-format seminar series was created in Fall 2017 in order to foster conversations among the UC Merced faculty within and across the many disciplines they span. Speakers are all internal to UC Merced. Seminars last 30 minutes, including questions. Research at preliminary stages where feedback from a variety of viewpoints is often the most consequential is highly encouraged. The shortened time format allows speakers to convey the gist of their projects, avoiding laborious technical detail that often characterizes longer seminars. As such the format should spur conversations outside of the seminar room -- in the hallways, across campus and over the course of the semester. If you would like to present a short-format seminar or to be updated on its progress, please email me at jbutler6@ucmerced.edu.

  • Current Short-Format Seminars
  • Spring 2018
  • Monday, Feb 5, 2018, 2pm-2:30pm: Ketki Sheth (Econ). Title: "Self-Promotion, Gender, etc." Location: COB2-290
  • Monday, Feb 26, 2pm-2:30pm, 2018: Anita Bhappu (MIST). Title: "Zone of Optimal Distinctiveness: The Effect of Provider’s Asset Personalization on Customer’s Psychological Ownership of Shared Lodging." Location: COB2-290
  • Monday, Mar 5, 2pm-2:30pm, 2018: Greg C. Wright (Econ). Title: "Trade and Female Labor Supply over the Long Run." Location: COB2-290
  • Monday, Mar 12, 2pm-2:30pm, 2018: Gabriela Rubio (Econ). Title: "The Love Revolution: The Decline in Arranged Marriages in Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa." Location: COB2-290.
  • Monday, Apr 16, 2pm-2:30pm, 2018: Carla Johnston (Grad Student, UC Berkeley). Title: "Is Compassion a Good Career Move?: Nonprofit Wage Differentials from Job Changes." Location: COB2-290
  • Monday, Apr 23, 2pm-2:30pm, 2018: Rowena Gray (Econ). Title: "Immigration and Crime, 1880-1930." Location: COB2-392
  • Monday, Apr 30, 2pm-2:30pm, 2018: Gabriela Rubio (Econ). Title: Are All the Good Men Gone? Male migration and female marriage market outcomes. Location: COB2-290
  • Monday, May 7, 2pm-2:30pm: Laura Giuliano (Econ). Title: "Long-run, heterogeneous effects of an accelerated math track in middle school." Location: TBD
  • Previous Short-Format Seminars
  • Fall 2017
  • Monday, Oct 9, 2017, 2pm-2:30pm: Jeffrey V. Butler (Econ). Title: "The Causal Effect of Cultural Identity on Cooperation." Location: COB2-392
  • Monday, Oct 23, 2017, 2pm-2:30pm: Justin Cook (Econ). Title: "Aggregate Effects of Social Security: Evidence from NREGA." Location: COB2-392
  • Monday, Oct 30, 2017, 2pm-2:30pm: Andrew Johnston (Econ). Title: "Teacher Utility, Optimal Teacher Compensation, and Separating Equilibria: Evidence from a Discrete Choice Experiment." Location: COB2-392
  • Monday, Nov 27, 2017, 2pm-2:30pm: Jeffrey V. Butler (Econ). Title: "Lingering Consequences: a teaching intervention that may improve students' long-run success." Location: COB2-392
  • Monday, Dec 11, 2017, 2pm-2:30pm: Gabriela Rubio (Econ). Title: "Are All the Good Men Gone? Male migration and female marriage and labor market outcomes." Location: COB2-392

Contact Me

Email: jbutler6@ucmerced.edu