Ricardo Perez-Truglia

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“The challenge in economic research lies not in coming up with a good answer as much as in asking the right question.”
 

Assistant Professor of Economics

Cell: +1 6178754437 | Office: C515

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics

About

 

Biography

Ricardo Perez-Truglia is an assistant professor of economics in the Global Economics and Management group at UCLA Anderson. He teaches the core managerial economics course.

His research interests include behavioral economics, political economy and public economics. He has published in premiere academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy and his research has been featured in a number of international media outlets such as the New York Times, The Economist and National Public Radio.

Perez-Truglia studies how social interactions and information frictions shape economic and political decisions. “How would you feel if others could see exactly how much you earn, or which political candidates you support? These are crucial questions to ask in order to understand the nature of human behavior.”

Perez-Truglia intends his research to inform policymakers in the developed and developing world, leading to practical applications. “In field experiments, we’ve demonstrated that social incentives can be used to get people to pay their taxes, and to influence their political participation.”

He says his motivation for conducting research of practical value extends into his classroom: “For me, teaching is an opportunity to help improve our world through the hands of my students. That is an enormous responsibility — for me and for them.”

Perez-Truglia received his Ph.D. in economics at Harvard University in 2014. Before joining UCLA Anderson in 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft Research New England, an experience he describes as “among the happiest and most productive of my life” because it provided him the opportunity for close interaction with scientists from other disciplines.

He grew up in the Ciudadela neighborhood in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Perez-Truglia and his wife Marina enjoy hiking, traveling and playing soccer with their three children, Alma, Nicolas and Lucas.

 

Education

Ph.D. Economics, 2014, Harvard University

B.A. and M.A. Economics, 2008, Universidad de San Andres

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Selected Publications

Perez-Truglia, R. (2017) Political Conformity: Event-Study Evidence from the United States. Review of Economics and Statistics, forthcoming. [Gated] [Ungated]

Perez-Truglia, R. and Cruces, G. (2017). Partisan Interactions: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the United States. Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 125 (4), pp. 1208–1243. [Gated] [Ungated]

Cavallo, A.; Cruces, G. and Perez-Truglia, R. (2017). Inflation Expectations, Learning and Supermarket Prices: Evidence from Field Experiments. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Vol. 9 (3), pp. 1–35 (lead article). [Gated] [Ungated] [Questionnaire]

Di Tella, R., Perez-Truglia, R., Babino, A., Sigman, M. (2015). Conveniently Upset: Avoiding Altruism by Distorting Beliefs About Others’ Altruism. American Economic Review, Vol. 105 (11), pp. 3416-42. [Gated] [Ungated] [Questionnaire] [Older: Di Tella and Perez-Truglia (2010)]

Bottan, N. and Perez-Truglia, R. (2015). Losing my Religion: The Effects of Religious Scandals on Religious Participation and Charitable Giving. Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 129, pp. 106–119. [Gated] [Ungated] [Videos]

Cruces, G., Perez-Truglia, R. and Tetaz, Martin (2013). Biased Perceptions of Income Distribution and Preferences for Redistribution: Evidence from a Survey Experiment. Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 98, pp. 100-112. [Gated] [Ungated]

 

Working Papers

Perez-Truglia, R. The Effects of Income Transparency on Well-Being: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Revise & Resubmit, American Economic Review. [Ungated]

Bottan, N. and Perez-Truglia, R. Choosing Your Pond: Measuring Preferences for Relative Consumption. [Ungated]

Perez-Truglia, R. and Troiano, U. Shaming Tax Delinquents: Evidence from a Field Experiment in the United States. Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Public Economics. [Ungated] [NYTimes Op Ed]

Bergolo, M.; Ceni, R.; Cruces, G.; Giaccobasso, M.; Perez-Truglia, R. Tax Audits as Scarecrows: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment. [Ungated]

Drenik, A, and Perez-Truglia, R. Sympathy for the Diligent and the Demand for Workfare. [Ungated]

 

Other Publications

Cavallo, A.; Cruces, G. and Perez-Truglia, R. (2016). Learning from Potentially Biased Statistics. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Spring 2016, pp. 59-108. [Ungated]

Perez-Truglia, R. (2015). A Samuelsonian Validation Test for Happiness Data. Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol. 49, pp. 74–83. [Gated] [Ungated]

Galiani, S. and Perez-Truglia, R. (2013). School Management in Developing Countries. in P. Glewwe (Ed.), Education Policy in Developing Countries. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Order Book] [Ungated]

Perez-Truglia, R. (2013). A Test of the Conspicuous-Consumption Model Using Subjective Well-Being Data. Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 45, pp. 146–154. [Gated] [Ungated]

Perez-Truglia, R. (2012). On the Causes and Consequences of Hedonic Adaptation. Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol. 33, pp. 1182-1192. [Gated] [Ungated]

Bottan, N. and Perez-Truglia, R. (2011). Deconstructing the Hedonic Treadmill. Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 40, pp. 224-236. [Gated] [Ungated]

 

English

MIT News, July 31 2017. Public Perceptions of Inflation.

Attn, July 26 2017. Want to Know What Your Coworkers Make?.

Fusion, November 11 2016. Trump won’t release his tax returns.

TaxVox, October 4 2016. Transparency, Tax Returns, and Tax Reform.

Quartz, September 17 2016. In Norway, you can browse everyone’s tax returns.

The Economist, April 16 2016. Tax transparency: When Less is More.

Up Front (Brookings), March 14 2016. Considering the source: How we perceive inflation data.

Secular Policy Institute, November 6 2015. The Price of Predatory Priests.

The Tablet, November 4 2015. U.S. Catholic Church paid $4bn in abuse compensation.

National Catholic Reporter, November 2 2015. Drop in giving in areas hit by sex abuse scandal.

U.S. News, October 8 2015. Knowing Your Neighbor’s Tax Status.

Pacific Standard, September 10 2015. The Continuing Cost of Catholicism’s Sex Abuse Scandals.

Stateline, May 28 2015. Tax Scofflaws in Virtual ‘Stocks’.

New York Times, April 15 2015. Shaming Those Who Skip Out on Taxes.

Boston Globe, April 15 2015. Shaming Tax Evaders.

Vox, March 20 2015. Should we publicly shame delinquent taxpayers?

National Public Radio (NPR), February 25 2015. How Peer Pressure May Encourage Tax Delinquents To Pay Up. (includes audio)

New Orleans Local News, February 25 2015. Should the government shame tax cheats into paying up?.

Charlotte News, February 25 2015. Public Shaming Makes People Pay Their Taxes (includes video). Also Covered by: Statesman, WFTV News, WSB-TV Atlanta News, Palm Beach Post, Newsy, among others.

The Corner (National Review), February 19 2015. Publicly Shaming Delinquent Taxpayers.

U.S. News, February 19 2015. Named and Shamed.

Vox, November 10 2014. Influencing household inflation expectations.

The Daily Stat, July 11. 2014. Declines in donations outweigh direct costs of Catholic priest scandals.

Vox, December 16 2013. Social incentives and campaign contributions.

Marginal Revolution, February 20 2012. What are the costs of signaling at a macro level?

New York Times Economix, April 27 2011. Everyone is middle class, right?

 

German

Fluter, May 22 2017. Bitte etwas mehr Transparenz!

Der Freitag, August 24 2016. Und was verdienst du?

Die Zeit, November 10 2015. Missbrauch - ein millardengrab.

Die Presse, July 1 2011. Im Namen des Gerechten.

 

Spanish

Foco Economico, October 10 2017. Richard Thaler: Premio Nobel de Economía 2017.

Clarin, May 15 2017. Consumo, luego existo.

La Nacion, January 22 2017. Cómo perder una discusión con la mejor información.

Busqueda, November 24 2016. Baja la evasión de la renta empresarial.

El Cronista, August 12 2016. Mitos y verdades sobre el dinero y la felicidad.

La Nacion, August 7 2016. Pornoimpuestos, transparencia y bienestar.

La Nacion, December 6 2015. Tabunomics.

La Silla Vacia, October 20 2015. Creencias, Egoísmo y Bienes Públicos.

El Dia, September 27 2015. La felicidad de ganar más que los otros.

La Nacion, September 20 2015. El efecto estigma.

Foco Economico, November 19 2014. Formación de Expectativas de Inflación de los Hogares.

La Nacion, November 2 2014. Economía colaborativa.

La Nacion, July 19 2014. Confianza Ciega.

La Nacion, July 6 2014. Las cosas no se ven bien.

La Nacion, April 27 2014. ¡Extra! ¡Extra! La economía de la atención.

La Nacion, December 22 2013. Precios en el Divan.

Foco Economico, October 9 2013. Manipulación de estadísticas y percepciones de inflación.

La Nacion, July 11 2013. Ganacias: otro dano colateral de la inflacion.

Foco Economico, July 3 2013. No violemos la ley de los grandes numeros.

La Nacion, March 17 2013. Economia de la religion.

La Gaceta, June 24 2012. Las repercusiones de la tendencia nacional a creerse de clase media.

El Post, November 1 2011. Escandalos y Caridad.

Clarin, October 31 2011. Perdona nuestros pecados.

Foco Economico, October 24 2011. ¿Qué sabemos sobre políticas de manejo de recursos educativos?.

Clarin, June 27 2011. Por que ricos y pobres por igual creen que son de clase media.

Clarin, June 5 2011. El poder sexual del iPhone y la Ferrari hechizada.

Clarin, November 9. 2009. Clase media: el club al que todos creen pertenecer.

 

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