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Dr. Neslihan Uler

Assistant Professor

2200 Symons Hall 7998 Regents Drive College Park, Maryland 20742-5535


  • Public Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Economics



Neslihan Uler is an assistant professor in the department and the director of the Symons Hall Experimental Laboratory (SHEL). Her research interests are in the fields of Public Economics, Environmental Economics and Experimental Economics. In particular, her work on public economics focuses on understanding public goods provision by examining the role of competition, authority, taxation, information and culture on voluntary giving decisions. Her work on environmental economics examines the effects of different mechanisms such as output-sharing partnerships and carbon offset markets on individual behavior when negative externalities are present and tests whether economic inefficiencies could be eliminated or at least mitigated through such policies.


Ph.D.  Economics, New York University, 2007.
M.A.  Economics, New York University, 2003.
B.S.  Mathematics, Middle East Technical University, Summa Cum Laude, 2001.


Areas of Interest:

  • Public Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Environmental Economics


Selected Publications:

“Demand for Giving to Multiple Charities: An Experimental Study” (with E. Filiz-Ozbay), 2019, Journal of European Economic Association, Vol:17, Issue:3, Pages: 725-753.

“Free Riding and Ethnic Heterogeneity”, 2019, Economics Letters, Vol. 184,

“Behavioral Sources of Demand for Carbon Offset Markets: An Experimental Study” (with Kai-Uwe Kuhn), 2019, Experimental Economics, Vol. 22, Issue: 3, pg: 676-704.

“Demand for Giving to Multiple Charities: An Experimental Study” (with Emel Filiz-Ozbay), Forthcoming, Journal of European Economic Association

“Experimental Departures from Self-Interest when Competing Partnerships Share Output” (with Josh Cherry and Stephan Salant), March 2015, Experimental Economics, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 89-115. 

“Distinguishing the Role of Authority “In” and Authority “To”” (with Dan Silverman and Joel Slemrod), May 2014, Journal of Public Economics, Volume 113, Pages 32–42.

 “Understanding the Reference Effect” (with Yusuf Masatlioglu), November 2013, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 82, Pages 403-423.

“Public Goods Provision, Inequality and Taxes”, Experimental Economics, Springer, vol. 14(3), September 2011, pages 287-306. 

 Public Goods Provision and Redistributive Taxation”, Journal of Public Economics, vol. 93(3-4), April 2009, pages 440-453.