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Oxford Brookes Business School
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Dr. Sara le Roux has a PhD in Economics from the University of Exeter (2012). Her thesis focused mainly on experiments in decision-making and was conducted under the supervisory team of Prof. David Kelsey and Prof. Dieter Baklenborg.
She has received a Masters diploma in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an MSc degree in Economics and Experimental Economics from the University of Exeter (2009), for which she was awarded a Dean's Commendation.
She joined Oxford Brookes University in 2012, as a Senior Lecturer in Economics.
and supported undergraduate modules on Macroeconomics II.
She has also lead a Post-Graduate module on Industrial Organisation and supervised undergraduate dissertations in Economics & Finance.
Sara's research interests include the theoretical and experimental analysis of individual's perception of ambiguity and risk; decision choices made by individuals in the presence of ambiguity; threshold effects in environment (climate change); game theory; public economics; behavioural and neuro-economics.
She has published papers in Theory and Decision, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Technology Forecasting and Social Change, Energy Policy, Journal of Business Ethics and in a feschrift in honour of Professor Reinhard Selten (1994 Nobel Laureate in Economics).
2014 Oxford Brookes University Central Research grant (principal investigator) £7,500
2015 Oxford Brookes Business School Internal Small Grant (principal investigator) £2,866
2016 Oxford Brookes Business School Internal Small Grant (principal investigator) £4,862
2017 Royal Economic Society Conference Grant £300
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Purpose. This study presents theoretical and empirical arguments for the role of mobile telephony in promoting good governance in 47 sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2000-2012. Design/methodology/approach. The empirical inquiry uses an endogeneity-robust GMM approach with forward orthogonal deviations to analyse the linkage between mobile phone usage and the variation in three broad governance categories — political, economic and institutional. Findings. Three key findings are established: First, in terms of individual governance indicators, mobile phones consistently stimulated good governance by the same magnitude, with the exception of the effect on the regulation component of economic governance. Second, when indicators are combined, the effect of mobile phones on general governance is three times higher than that on the institutional governance category. Third, countries with
lower levels of governance indicators are catching-up with their counterparts with more advanced dynamics. Originality/value. The study makes both theoretical and empirical contributions by highlighting the importance of various combinations of governance indicators and their responsiveness to mobile phone usage.
This paper studies the impact of ambiguity in the best-shot and weakest-link models of public good provision. The models are first analyzed theoretically. Then, we conduct experiments to study how ambiguity affects behavior in these games. We test whether subjects' perception of ambiguity differs between a local opponent and a foreign one. We find that an ambiguity-safe strategy is often chosen by subjects. This is compatible with the hypothesis that ambiguity aversion influences behavior in games. Subjects tend to choose contributions above (respectively, below) the Nash equilibrium in the best-shot (respectively, weakest-link) model.
Economic Impact studies
Decision Theory, Behavioural and Experimental Economics
I am currently leading a team of analysts working to capture the breadth of Blenheim's economic impact on its community, both local and further afield.
2017 ‘Climate Change Catastrophes and Insuring Decisions’, International Meeting on Experimental and Behavioral Social Sciences, Barcelona, Spain; European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Athens, Greece; Economic Science Association, Vienna, Austria.
2016 ‘Strategic Ambiguity and Decision-making: An Experimental Study’, GW4 Conference, Bristol, UK; Foundations of Utility and Risk Conference, Warwick.
2015 ‘Strategic Ambiguity and Decision-making: An Experimental Study’, Public Economic Theory Conference, Luxembourg; Economic Science Association, Conference, Heidelberg, Germany.
2014 ‘Dragon Slaying with Ambiguity: Theory and Experiments’, Public Economic Theory Conference, Seattle, USA; Foundations of Utility and Risk, Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Royal Economic Society Conference, Manchester, UK.
2013 ‘An Experimental Study on the Effect of Ambiguity in a Coordination Game’, Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Conference, Paris, France; Brookes-Burgundy Research Conference, Dijon, France.
2011 ‘Deviations from Equilibrium in an Experiment on Signaling Games: First Results’, NUS Behavioural Economics Summer Institute, Singapore; IAREP/SABE/ICABEEPConference, Exeter, UK.
2010 ‘Deviations from Equilibrium in an Experiment on Signaling Games: First Results’, Economic Science Association Conference, Copenhagen; Europäische Wissenschaftstage, Steyr, Austria.