Sera Linardi

Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Analytical Approaches to Social Innovation (CAASI)

Sera Linardi is the Founding Director of the Center for Analytical Approaches for Social Innovation (CAASI), an incubator of community-engaged social justice projects that combines both human-centered and quantitative approaches. She is an Associate Professor of Economics at GSPIA and in the Intelligent Systems Program (ISP) at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology. Her experimental work on prosocial behavior and social services has been published in journals such as Management Science, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Public Economics, winning several best paper and engaged scholarship awards.

Recent Publications
  • "Project 412Connect: Bridging Students and Communities." with Alex DiChristofano, Michael L. Hamilton, and Mara F. McCloud.  In Equity and Access in Algorithms, Mechanisms, and Optimization (EAAMO  2021). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 5, 1–12. Winner of ACM EAAMO 2021 New Horizons Award.

  • “Worker-Firm Relational Contracts in the Time of Shutdowns: Experimental Evidence” with Colin Camerer, Experimental Economics (2021), 24(4), pp.1267-1293.

  • “Globalization and Altruism Towards the Poor in Developing Countries: An Experimental Study in India” with Nita Rudra, Comparative Political Studies (2020)53(10-11), pp. 1656-1689. Winner of 2020 James Caporaso Best Paper Award.

  • "Casual Contact and Ethnic Bias: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" with Luke Condra, Journal of Politics (2019), 81(3), pp. 1028-42.

Research Interests
  • The supply of donated funds and labor (prosocial behavior)
  • The ability for decision makers to aggregate mission-critical information under uncertainty (information aggregation)
  • The behavior of the population targeted for service