Sera Linardi

Associate Professor

Sera Linardi is the Founding Director of the Center for Analytical Approaches for Social Innovation (CAASI), an incubator for practical data science for social justice projects. 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. She has published many experimental papers on prosocial behavior in economics and political science and won several best papers awards. 

Recent Publications
  •  "The Psychology of Ethnic Bias: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" with Luke Condra, conditionally accepted at Journal of Politics.
  • "From Barely Making It To...? Effects of Raising Wages Among Low-Wage Workers," a Heinz Endowment-funded study with Jeffrey Shook, Ray Engel, and the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh.
  • “Accounting for Noise in the Microfoundation of Information Aggregation”, Games and Economic Behavior, 101, pp. 334-353, 2017.
  • "Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the Influence of Religious Authority in Afghanistan," with Luke Condra and Mohammad Isaqzaeh, British Journal of Political Science, pp. 1-19, 2017.
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