Dr. Robert L. Mayo
Assistant Professor of Economics
Ph.D. in Economics, George Mason University, 2017
M.A. in Economics, George Mason University, 2015
B.A. in Economics and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2012
Dr. Mayo’s main research interests are in experimental economics, behavioral economics, and agent-based modeling. Currently, he is working on both experimental and computational approaches to understanding the causes of other-regarding behavior in one-shot, anonymous games.
As a teacher, he believes that if learning is limited to the accumulation of data, then students will be unable to answer new questions outside the confines of the classroom. Preparing students to answer questions that were not asked in the classroom requires leading them through a coherent story across a semester. And like any good story, each chapter must be connected and relevant to the next and so advance the plot. In practical terms, this means that each lecture must show how the new topic is related both to the one before and to the real world.