Dr. David B. Huffman

Professor of Economics

New Dataset Available: The Global Preference Survey

The GPS is a new data set produced in some recent research by myself and collaborators, see the paper "Global Evidence on Economic Preferences" below. Now that the paper is forthcoming the data are publicly available. The GPS provides measures of fundamental economic preferences -- time discounting, risk preference, altruism, positive reciprocity, negative reciprocity, and trust  -- from around the world. The data include representative samples from 76 countries, with roughly 80,000 total respondents. The data, as well as the surveys in the relevant local languages, can be found here.


I am a Full Professor of Economics at University of Pittsburgh. My PhD is from the University of California, Berkeley. My research is mainly in the areas of Behavioral Economics and Labor Economics. About half of what I do is basic research on the heterogeneity in individual preferences regarding risk, time, and social interactions. The other half is more applied, focusing on central questions in labor economics, usually with a behavioral angle. My research uses a variety of methodologies, including field experiments within firms and organizations, laboratory experiments, international surveys, and analysis of personnel data.


Curriculum Vitae

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(updated January 2021)

Citations: 12,525; Citations since 2016: 7,270; h-index: 38; i-10 index: 54


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