Alex Rees-Jones

Alex Rees-Jones
  • Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    553 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut St.
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: behavioral economics, judgment and decision making.

Links: Personal Website

Overview

Alex Rees-Jones is an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is focused on integrating psychological biases into economic policy analysis.

Professor Rees-Jones conducted his studies at Cornell University, where he received a Ph.D. in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics. Prior to coming to Wharton, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Research

For a complete list of my publications and working papers, visit my personal website.

Teaching

Past Courses

  • LGST806 - Negotiations

    This course examines the art and science of negotiation, with additional emphasis on conflict resolution. Students will engage in a number of simulated negotiations ranging from simple one-issue transactions to multi-party joint ventures. Through these exercises and associated readings, students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and have an opportunity to test and improve their negotiation skills. Cross-listed with MGMT 691/OPIM 691. ,Format: Lecture, class discussion, simulation/role play, and video demonstrations. Materials: Textbook and course pack.

  • MGMT691 - Negotiations

    This course examines the art and science of negotiation. This course develops managerial skills by combining lectures with practice, using exercises where students negotiate with each other. Over the course of the semester, students will engage in a number of simulated negotiations ranging from simple one issue transactions to multi-party joint ventures. Through these exercises and associated readings, students explore the basic theoretical models of bargaining and have an opportunity to test and improve their negotiation skills. Cross-listed with LGST 806 and OIDD 691.

  • OIDD691 - Negotiations

    Negotiation is the art and science of creating good agreements. In this course we will work on both, studying economics and psychology for the science, and practicing actual negotiations for the art. Throughout we think of negotiation in general terms, relevant not only to salary negotiations and home buying, but performance evaluations, speeches, group collaborations and interpersonal relationships. We practice these kinds of negotiations in 2-, 3-, 4-, and 6-person exercises. Potential reasons to skip this particular negotiation course: 1) We have a strong attendance policy, 2) We have strong no-computers/phones policies, 3) the course is very discussion oriented, 4) We survey your work colleagues about your influence tactics, and 5) you have a short assignment due almost every class. Beginning with the second week of class, if you miss one class you lose a letter grade. If you miss two classes you fail. We have this policy because it is an experiential class, and because your attendance directly affects classmates you are paired with. For some weeks you can attend another section if necessary. Cross-listed with MGMT691 and LGST806.

Awards and Honors

  • Honorable Mention, Ruut Veenhoven Award, 2016
  • Best Paper – CEBID Conference on Taxation, Social Norms, and Compliance, 2014
  • NBER Predoctoral Fellowship in Aging and Health Economics, 2012-2013
  • Sage Fellowship, 2008-2012
  • L.R. Wilson Medal for Excellence in Economics, 2011
  • NSF Fellow for the 4th Lindau Meeting in Economic Sciences, 2011
  • Howard and Abby Milstein Graduate Teaching Award, 2010

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In the News

Happiness Reveals a Lot about Our Choices — but It Isn’t Everything

Happiness can tell a lot about the decisions people will ultimately make, but new Wharton research shows that the nuances of most decisions go far beyond simply achieving contentment.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2014/12/19
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Awards and Honors

Honorable Mention, Ruut Veenhoven Award 2016
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