Erika Kirgios

Erika Kirgios
  • Doctoral Candidate

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    527.4 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: race and gender inequality; diversity; behavior change; charitable giving

Links: CV


Erika L. Kirgios is a second-year PhD student in the Decision Processes group. Prior to her doctoral studies at Wharton, she graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Computer Science, and minors in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience.

Erika’s research primarily falls into two streams of work: the first centers on race and gender inequality, and the second on charitable giving and prosocial behavior. Her work on race and gender aims to elucidate why inequality persists and how it may be reduced. She focuses both on the decisions of organizational leaders and on those of underrepresented minorities. Overall, her work seeks to provide new insights about how we can encourage decision-making that reduces inequality through a dual focus on workplace diversity and prosocial behavior.



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Awards and Honors

Best Micro Paper Award, East Coast Doctoral Conference, 2019

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017-2020

Wharton Risk Center Russell Ackoff Fellowship, 2018 and 2019

Marjorie Weiler Prize for Excellence in Writing, 2018

Princeton Computer Science Senior Thesis Prize, 2017

U.S. Presidential Scholar, 2013


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    Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/05/20
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    Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/05/20
    China Evergrande Group: Strategic Repositioning Toward a Sustainable Growth Model

    Over the last 15 years, China Evergrande Group has embarked on an astonishing growth path that saw its four-person team become one of the largest and most well-known real estate developers in China. The company’s explosive growth was built on a ‘high debt, high leverage, high turnover, and low cost’ model. But those giddy days

    Knowledge @ Wharton - 2019/05/20