Charles Sprenger

Associate Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info

Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo Hall Hall, Room 4W106
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Phone: (858) 8227457
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Research Areas

Behavioral Economics
Experimental Economics


Charles Sprenger


Sprenger's interests focus on the fields of Behavioral Economics and Experimental Economics. His research includes local and global investigation into subjects such as intertemporal choice behavior, economic risk preferences and the relationship of time preferences to certain economic behaviors.

Prior to coming to the Rady School of Management, Sprenger was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, San Diego, and his M.Sc. in Economics from University College London.


"An Endowment Effect for Risk: Experimental Tests of Stochastic Reference Points," Journal of Political Economy, 2015, 123(6), 1456-1499.

"Working Over Time: Dynamic Inconsistency in Real Effort Tasks" (with Ned Augenblick and Muriel Niederle), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015, 130(3), 1067-1115.

"Measuring Time Preferences: A Comparison of Experimental Methods" (with James Andreoni and Michael Kuhn), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 116, 451-454.

"Judging Experimental Evidence on Dynamic Inconsistency," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 2015, 105(5), 280-285.

"Temporal Stability of Time Preferences" (with Stephan Meier), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2015, 97(2), 273-286.

"Violence and Risk Preferences: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" (with Michael Callen, Mohammad Isaqzadeh, and James Long), American Economic Review, 2014, 104(1), 123-148.

"Discounting Financial Literacy: Time Preferences and Participation in Financial Education Programs" (with Stephan Meier), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013, 95, 159-174.

"Estimating Time Preferences from Convex Budgets" (with James Andreoni), American Economic Review, 2012, 102(7), 3333-3356.

"Risk Preferences Are Not Time Preferences" (with James Andreoni), American Economic Review, 2012, 102(7), 3357-3376.

"Time Discounting Predicts Creditworthiness" (with Stephan Meier), Psychological Science, 2012, 23(1), 56-58.

"Present-Biased Preferences and Credit Card Borrowing" (with Stephan Meier). American Eco- nomic Journal - Applied Economics, 2010, 2(1), 193-210.

"Credit Card Debt and Payment Use" (with Joanna Stavins). Financial Services Review, 2010, 19(1), 17-36.

Research Papers

"The Limits of Expectations-Based Reference Dependence" (with Uri Gneezy, Lorenz Goette, and Florian Zimmermann), Revise and Resubmit, Journal of the European Economic Association.

"Dynamic Inconsistency in Food Choice: Experimental Evidence from a Food Desert" (with Sally Sadoff and Anya Samek)

"Randomizing Endowments: An Experimental Study of Rational Expectations and Reference- Dependent Preferences" (with Lorenz Goette and Annette Harms).

"Uncertainty Equivalents: Testing the Limits of the Independence Axiom" (with James Andreoni), NBER w17342.

"Measuring Ambiguity Aversion: Experimental Tests of Subjective Expected Utility" (with James Andreoni and Tobias Schmidt).

"Tailoring Intertemporal Incentives: An Application to Polio Vaccination Drives in Pakistan" (with James Andreoni, Michael Callen, Karrar Jaffar, and Yasir Khan).

"The Empirical Relevance of Cumulative Prospect Theory" (with Doug Bernheim).

"Taxes and Procrastination: Evidence from Boston Tax-Filers" (with Seung-Keun Martinez and Stephan Meier).

Other Publications

"Risk Preferences Are Not Time Preferences: Reply" (with James Andreoni), American Economic Review, 2015, 105(7), 2287-2293.

"Review: Individuals and Identity in Economics by John B. Davis," Journal of Economic Literature, 2011, 49(4), 1250-1251.