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Lester Lusher


  • Ph.D. Economics, Expected 2017
  • M.A. Economics, June 2012
  • B.A. Economics, B.A. Statistics, Minor in Psychology, June 2011

Research Focus

Labor Economics, Public Economics, Economics of Education, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics

Working papers:

College Better: Parimutuel Betting Markets as a Commitment Device and Monetary Incentive (Job Market Paper)

TAs Like Me: Racial Interactions between Graduate Teaching Assistants and Undergraduates (with Douglas Campbell & Scott Carrell) Revise and resubmit: Journal of Public Economics

Gender Performance Gaps: Quasi-experimental Evidence on the Role of Gender Differences in Sleep Cycles (with Vasco Yasenov)

Trade Shocks, Taxes, and Inequality (with Douglas Campbell)

Are Basketball Players Loss Averse? Reference-Dependent Preferences in the NBA (with Chuan He and Stephen Fick)

Selected Publications

Lusher, L., Yasenov, V., Double-shift schooling and student success: Quasi-experimental evidence from Europe. Economics Letters, 2016



  • Economics of Education
  • Game Theory
  • (Graduate) Teaching of Economics


Teaching Assistant:

  • (Graduate) Game Theory (x2)
  • Introductory Econometrics
  • Labor Economics
  • Game Theory
  • Introductory Macroeconomics (x5)
  • Energy Economics
  • International Macroeconomics


  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
  • UC Davis Office of Research Innovator of the Year Finalist
  • Russell Sage Foundation Small Grants in Behavioral Economics
  • UC Davis Institute for Social Sciences Dissertation Improvement Grant (x2)
  • University of Chicago & John Templeton Science of Philanthropy Initiative PhD Grant Award
  • EBSA "Into the Bullpen" Business Idea Competition: First place
  • Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award