Santa Clara University

Research : John Ifcher

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Work in Progress

"The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Mental Health and Hapiness" (with Casey Boyd-Swan, Chris Herbst, and Homa Zarghamee) (revisions requested).

"The Increasing Happiness of Parents" (with Chris Herbst) (revision requested) (prior version entitled "A Bundle of Joy:Does Parenting Really Make Us Miserable").

"Performing in a Competitive Environment and the Willingness to Compete: Is It Necessary and Sufficient for a Gender Gap?" (with Homa Zarghamee) (under review).

"Pricing Competition: A New Laboratory Measure of Gender Differences in theWillingness to Compete" (with Homa Zarghamee) (under review).

"Subjective Well-Being and Relative Income: Evidence from the Gallup Daily Poll" (with Carol Graham and Homa Zarghamee).

"Impact of Relative and Absolute Income on Happiness: A Laboratory Investigation" (with Lina Diaz, Dan Houser, and Homa Zarghamee).

"The Life Satisfaction of Those Approaching Retirement Age and the Great Recession: Evidence from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System" (with Amanda Taylor).



"Trends in the Happiness of Single Mothers: Evidence from the General Social Survey." (with Homa Zarghamee). The Journal of Happiness Studies. 15(5):1219-1238 (2014).

"Affect and Overconfidence: A Laboratory Investigation" (with Homa Zarghamee). The Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics. 7(3):125-150 (2014).

"Happiness and Time Preference: The Effect of Positive Affect in a Random-Assignment Experiment." (with Homa Zarghamee).The American Economic Review 101(7): 3109-3129 (2011).

"The Happiness of Single Mothers after Welfare Reform." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 11(1) (Topics): 1-27 (2010).

"Identify the Effect of a Welfare-to-Work Program Using Capacity Constraint: a New York City Quasi-Experiment." Eastern Economic Journal 36(3): 299-316 (2010).

"The General Assistance Recipients and Welfare-To-Work Programs on General Assistance Recipients:Evidence from New York City."  Poverty and Public Policy 2(3): 171-193 (2010).

"The Effect of a Welfare-to-Work Program on Homeless Shelter Use in New York City: Evidence from a Quasi-Experiment" (presented, WEAI Conference, June 2008).

"Adults' Abilities To Detect Children Who Are Ready To Learn" (with Michelle Perry and J. Wooley) International Journal Of Behavioral Development, 18(2): 365-381 (1995).


Book Chapters

"Inequality of Happiness: Evidence of the Compression of the Subjective-Well-Being Distribution with Economic Growth" (with Homa Zarghamee). Proceedings of IEA Roundtable on Shared Prosperity and Growth, Palgrave: New York, NY (forthcoming).(prior version entitled "Subjective-Well-Being, Inequality and Per Capita Income: Evidence from the World Values."

"Experimental Economics' Ethics" (with Homa Zarhgamee). In Practicing Professional Ethics in Economicsand Public Policy (Elizabeth Searing and Donald Searing, eds.), Springer:New York, NY. (forthcoming).

"Spend or Save? Study or Party? Smoke or Quit? " (with Homa Zarghamee). In Shift & Reset (Brian Reich, ed.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ (2011).

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