Assistant Professor of Economics; William H. Hurt Scholar
B.A., Rice University, 2013; M.A., Ohio State University, 2014; Ph.D, 2018. Caltech, 2020-; Hurt Scholar, 2021-.
Kirby Nielsen is an economist with interests in experimental economics, behavioral economics, and decision theory. In her research, she uses experiments to test and inform economic theory, with a focus on individual decision making and decisions under uncertainty. The results of her research can better inform how people make decisions in a range of areas, including financial investments and healthcare, as well as managerial decisions in the workplace. Nielsen earned her PhD in economics from Ohio State University in 2018, and then served as a postdoctoral fellow in economics at Stanford University from 2018 to 2020.
Experimental Economics; Behavioral Economics; Decision Theory; Risk and Uncertainty
Mistakes and Rethinking Behavioral Economics
July 12, 2022
New research by Kirby Nielsen explores why people err when making decisions and what it means for some basic tenets of behavioral economics.
Caltech Faculty Receive Named Professorships, Leadership Chairs
January 19, 2022
This year Caltech recognized two faculty members with the Institute's most distinguished award for individual faculty, a named professorship; and three faculty members with leadership chairs.
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November 02, 2021
Inaugural cohort of scholars named in program established to incentivize collaborative, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research.