In a world where people are increasingly asked to employ tools that cut across disciplines, the PPE major offers an integrated, cross-disciplinary perspective that combines broad and rigorous training in the foundations of three subjects (plus study opportunities in some areas of psychology) with a specialization and research experience in a concentration of choice.
PPE students are free to explore and integrate many relevant disciplines and research areas. They may examine the nature and implications of human decision-making, the nature of distributive justice, the ethical consequences of the competitive market economy, and the dynamic relationships between the economic, political and legal orders. Some examples of research themes that PPE students have investigated are provided below.
Since inception, PPE has been very popular and today it is one of the largest majors in the college. The major is intended to prepare its graduates for careers in public policy and public service, consulting, journalism (reporting on political and economic issues), law and international affairs. It is an excellent pre-law major and it also offers suitable preparation for graduate study in any of the participating disciplines. PPE majors have gone on to some of the nation's most prestigious law and professional schools; to successful careers in business, public service, policy-making and journalism, and to graduate studies in the various sub-fields.
The BeLab is part of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program and reflects its multidiscplinary spirit. Some areas of special interest in the BeLab are social norms, moral heuristics and intuitions, biases, resource division, mutualism, corruption, as well as measures of autonomy and their relation to social change.
Spring 2017 Lectures and Seminars
Time to Give:
A Field Experiment on Intertemporal Charitable Giving*
Thursday, January 26th
203 Cohen Hall
Abstract: We conduct a natural field experiment to understand the importance of intertemporal substitution in charitable giving. Potential donors are offered a match on their donation if they give within the following few days of receiving the offer and are simultaneously informed that a similar match will be available to them in four weeks or two weeks time. The match offer is made to a donor via an email and is specific to the donor receiving the message. We contacted over 39,000 potential donors from email lists of supporters from nine nonprofit organizations. Emails were sent either two or four weeks prior to Giving Tuesday (last Tuesday in November), and match rates were either 80%, 100% or 120%. The match rate on Giving Tuesday was 100%. The number of donations and the total amount of money donated are larger from donors who receive a 100% match offer earlier in the month compared to those in the control group. Offering matches earlier in the month does not crowd out the amount of money raised on Giving Tuesday. On average, total fundraising dollars from those contacted earlier than Giving Tuesday was 80% higher. Finally, we observe larger responsiveness to match rates than previously found, and the responsiveness is particularly pronounced when the donation ask is four weeks before Giving Tuesday.
*Paper by Marco Castillo (Texas A&M), Ragan Petire (Texas A&M), and Anya Samek (CESR, University of Southern California)
Thursday, February 2nd @ 1:30 PM, 392 Cohen Hall: Eric Ruona, Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, will give a talk on “Inside the FBI’s Philadelphia Judicial Corruption Investigation” for PPE’s Crime and Corruption Capstone. Anyone welcome. Add to calendar
Thursday, February 2nd @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: Gavin Kilduff, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at New York University Stern School of Business, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar
Thursday, February 9th @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: Pavitra Govindan, PhD candidate in the economics department at Brown University, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar
Thursday, February 16th @1:30 PM, 392 Cohen Hall: Michael Novakovic, Enforcement Division at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will give a talk for PPE’s Crime and Corruption Capstone. Anyone welcome. Add to calendar
Thursday, February 23rd @1:30 PM, 392 Cohen Hall: David Hawkes, Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank will give a talk on “Development Aid and the Transnational Fight Against Corruption” for PPE’s Crime and Corruption Capstone. Anyone welcome. Add to calendar
Thursday, March 23rd @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: David Rand, Associate Professor of Psychology, Economics & Management at Yale University, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar
Thursday, March 30th @1:30 PM, 392 Cohen Hall: Richard Barrett, Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Chief will give a talk for PPE’s Crime and Corruption Capstone. Anyone welcome. Add to calendar
Thursday, April 13th @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: Melinda Ford, Doctoral Candidate in Accounting, Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar
Thursday, April 20th @ 4:30 PM, 203 Cohen Hall: C. Mónica Capra, Professor in the Department of Economics at Claremont Graduate University, will give a talk as a part of PPE's BeLab Speaker Series. Add to calendar