Dr. Catherine C. Eckel, Sara and John Lindsey Professor in Liberal Arts and professor of economics in the College of Liberal Arts, came to Texas A&M in 2012. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Eckel’s primary research is in the areas of experimental and behavioral economics. She has made important contributions on topics that are both policy-relevant and of interest to the academic community.
Examples include studies of the effect of subsidies on charitable giving, measuring risk preferences, and discrimination by race and gender as evidenced in games of trust. In a recent published world ranking of more than 1,200 researchers in experimental economics, she is ranked 16th. Dr. Eckel is past president of the Southern Economic Association, the largest regional association in economics. She also served as Economics Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Among her honors and awards, Dr. Eckel received the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, which recognizes an individuals who have furthered the status of women in the profession through example, achievements, increasing understanding of how women can advance in the profession, or mentoring others.