Donna Harris

Donna Harris

Research Officer (CSAE)

Donna is a Behavioural and Experimental Economist who uses interdisciplinary methods that combine psychology, economics, and neuroscience to study individual and group behaviours with policy applications in developing countries

Her current research examines how social identity and social interactions (through observing other’s choices and face-to-face communication) influence people’s decisions and behaviours in a wide range of context. These include resource allocation, charitable giving and social preferences, cooperation, financial learning and financial decisions, decisions involving risk and uncertainty, and cooperation in public goods. She also works on in-group favouritism and out-group discrimination and whether social norm enforcement can be used to deter in-group favouritism. She is also interested in studying corruption, particularly personal connections and nepotism and different policy interventions that could be used to combat corruption.

Donna holds PhD and MPhil in Economics from University of Cambridge, MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She has been awarded research grants from the British Academy and a joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC), UK.


Social Interactions and Stability of Social Preferences
Many Heads Are Different from One: Neural Basis of Group vs Individual Decisions
The Blind Leading the Blind: Social Interactions in Financial Decision Making
Are High Performers More Cooperative?
Social Identity, Affective Forecast, and Psychological Hedging


Journal Articles and Special Issues

Harris, Donna (with B Herrmann, A Kontoleon, J Newton) (2015) 'Is it a norm to favour your own group?', Experimental Economics 18 (3): 419-521 (Download from external site)


Harris, Donna (forthcoming) 'Ethnoeconomics'. In Hilary Callan (ed) International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell

Other Publications

Harris, Donna (with Klaus Abbink) (2012) 'In-group Favouritism and Out-group Discrimination in Naturally Occurring Groups', Department of Economics, University of Oxford Discussion Paper Series 616