Charles Sprenger

Associate Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info

Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo 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.


“Direct Tests of Cumulative Prospect Theory” (with Doug Bernheim). Conditionally Accepted. Econometrica 

“Field Experiments on the Development of Time Preferences” (with James Andreoni, Anya Samek, Michael Kuhn, and John List). Forthcoming.  Journal of Public Economics

“Dynamic Inconsistency in Food Choice: Experimental Evidence from Two Food Deserts” (with Sally Sadoff and Anya Samek). Forthcoming.  Review of Economic Studies

“Reference-Dependent Preferences” (with Ted O’Donoghue) Handbook of Behavioral Economics: Applications and Foundations, 2018, Volume 1, 1-77. 

"Randomizing Endowments: An Experimental Study of Rational Expectations and Reference- Dependent Preferences" (with Lorenz Goette and Annette Harms), Accepted, American Economic Journal - Microeconomics.

"The Limits of Expectations-Based Reference Dependence" (with Uri Gneezy, Lorenz Goette, and Florian Zimmermann) Journal of the European Economic Association, 2017, 15(4), 861-876.

" 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.

Working Papers

“Getting a Grip on Loss Aversion” (with James Andreoni and Zachary Breig). R&R Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

“Prospect Theory Revisited: Non-parametric Tests of S-Shaped Probability Weighting” Formerly “Uncertainty Equivalents: Testing the Limits of the Independence Axiom” (with James Andreoni), NBER w17342. R&R Experimental Economics

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

“A Stream of Prospects or a Prospect of Streams: On the Evaluation of Intertemporal Risks” (with James Andreoni and Paul Feldman).

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

“Sources and Heterogeneity of Reference Dependence” (with Lorenz Goette, Thomas Graeber, and Alex Kellogg).

“Intertemporal Choice Experiments and Large Stakes Behavior” (with Diego Aycinena, Szabolcs Blazsek, and Lucas Rentschler).

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

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.