Dr. James Murphy

Professor of Economics
Economics and Public Policy
Professor James Murphy

Dr. James Murphy is a Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). He arrived at UAA in 2006 as the visiting Rasmuson Chair of Economics, and decided to remain at UAA as a full-time faculty member after his tenure as Chair ended in 2011. Prior to arriving at UAA, he was on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California Davis and studied experimental economics as a pre-doctoral fellow at the University of Arizona. As part of a university partnership to develop a new experimental economics program in China, he is also a visiting professor at Nankai University and Chairman of their new Nankai Vernon L. Smith Experimental Economics Laboratory.

Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on the use of experimental methods to address environmental policy and natural resource management issues. His recent research includes:

  • fisheries management in Alaska and in Chile;
  • field experiments in Western Alaska and Far East Russia to study subsistence harvest practices;
  • charitable giving and philanthropy in Alaska;
  • issues related to enforcement of and compliance with environmental regulations, particularly emissions trading programs;
  • field experiments in Colombia to understand how rural communities manage small-scale natural resources;
  • the design of water markets in California.
  • He is an active board member of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, and is on the editorial board for both the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Strategic Behavior and the Environment. He was a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee from 2011-2013.

Journal Articles

Gunnar Knapp and James Murphy. Department of Economics Working Paper ()
Lance Howe, James Murphy, Drew Gerkey, and Colin West. Indirect reciprocity and sharing to mitigate environmental risk: evidence from field experiments in Siberia PloS ONE (2016)
Lance Howe, James Murphy, Andrew Gerkey, and Colin West. Indirect Reciprocity, Resource Sharing, and Environmental Risk: Evidence from Field Experiments in Siberia PLOS ONE (2016)
Todd Cherry, E Lance Howe, and James Murphy. Sharing as Risk Pooling in a Social Dilemma Experiment Ecology and Society (2015)
Hannah Trachtman, Andrew Steinkruger, Mackenzie Wood, Adam Wooster, James Murphy, James Andreoni, and Justin Rao. Fair Weather Avoidance: Unpacking the Costs and Benefits of ‘Avoiding the Ask’ Journal of the Economic Science Association (2015)
John Stranlund, James Murphy, and John Spraggon. Price Controls and Banking in Emissions Trading: An Experimental Evaluation Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2014)
Maria Lopez, James Murphy, John Spraggon, and John Stranlund. Comparing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Pro-Social Emotions to Enhance Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia Economic Inquiry (2012)
Gunnar Knapp and James Murphy. Fishing for Beads: Simple Games, Serious Insights International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (2012)
Maria Velez, John Stranlund, and James Murphy. Preferences for government enforcement of a common pool harvest quota: Theory and experimental evidence from fishing communities in Colombia Ecological Economics (2012)
Theodore Groves, Gunnar Knapp, John Ledyard, James Murphy, and Jörn Schmidt. Report on IIFET Special Session “Fisheries Games and Experiments: Applications for Education, Outreach and Science” International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (2012)
John Stranlund, James Murphy, and John Spraggon. An experimental analysis of compliance in dynamic emissions markets Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2011)
David McEvoy, James Murphy, John Spraggon, and John Stranlund. The problem of maintaining compliance within stable coalitions: experimental evidence Oxford Economic Papers (2011)
James Murphy, Thomas Stevens, and Lava Yadav. A comparison of induced value and home-grown value experiments to test for hypothetical bias in contingent valuation Environmental and resource economics (2010)
Maria Alejandra Velez, James Murphy, and John Stranlund. Centralized and Decentralized Management of Local Common Pool Resources in the Developing World: Experimental Evidence from Fishing Communities in Colombia (2010)
Kent Messer and James Murphy. Special Issue on Experimental Methods in Environmental, Natural Resource, and Agricultural Economics Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2010)
Gunnar Knapp and James Murphy. Voluntary approaches to transitioning from competitive fisheries to rights-based management: bringing the field into the lab Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2010)
Gunnar Knapp and James Murphy. Voluntary approaches to transitioning from competitive fisheries to rights-based management: bringing the field into the lab Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2010)
James Murphy, Ariel Dinar, Richard Howitt, Stephen Rassenti, Vernon Smith, and Marca Weinberg. The design of water markets when instream flows have value Journal of environmental management (2009)
Maria Velez, John Stranlund, and James Murphy. What motivates common pool resource users? Experimental evidence from the field Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2009)
Mark Delucchi and James Murphy. How large are tax subsidies to motor-vehicle users in the US? Transport Policy (2008)
Mark Delucchi and James Murphy. US military expenditures to protect the use of Persian Gulf oil for motor vehicles Energy Policy (2008)
Gunnar Knapp and James Murphy. Voluntary Approaches to Transitioning from Competive Fisheries to Rights-Based Management International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (2008)
James Murphy and John Stranlund. A laboratory investigation of compliance behavior under tradable emissions rights: Implications for targeted enforcement Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2007)
James Murphy and John Stranlund. Direct and market effects of enforcing emissions trading programs: an experimental analysis Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2006)
James Murphy, Allen Geoffrey, Thomas Stevens, and Darryl Weatherhead. A Meta-Analysis of Hypothetical Bias in Stated Preference Valuation Environmental and Resource Economics (2005)
James Murphy, Thomas Stevens, and Darryl Weatherhead. Is cheap talk effective at eliminating hypothetical bias in a provision point mechanism? Environmental and Resource Economics (2005)
James Murphy. A Simple Program to Conduct an Oral Double Auction in the Classroom Journal of Economic Education (2004)
James Murphy and Juan Cardenas. An Experiment on Enforcement Strategies for Managing a Local Environmental Resource Journal of Economic Education (2004)
James Murphy and Thomas Stevens. Contingent valuation, hypothetical bias, and experimental economics Agricultural and Resource Economics Review (2004)
James Murphy. The Health and Visibility Cost of Air Pollution: A Comparison of Estimation Methods Journal of Environmental Management (2002)
James Murphy. The Design of 'Smart' Water Market Institutions Using Laboratory Experiments Environmental and Resource Economics (2000)
James Murphy, Mark Delucchi, Donald McCubbin, and Hong Kim. The cost of crop damage caused by ozone air pollution from motor vehicles Journal of Environmental Management (1999)
James Murphy. Review of the Literature on the Social Cost of Motor Vehicle Use in the United States. Journal of Transportation and Statistics (1998)

Books

James Murphy, Nomin Batmunkh, Benjamin Nilsson, and Samantha Ray. The Impact of Social Information on the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods: A Replication Study Research in Experimental Economics, Vol. 18 (2015)
John Horowitz, Kenneth McConnell, and James Murphy. Behavioral foundations of environmental economics and valuation Edward Elgar (2013)
Maria Lopez, James Murphy, John Spraggon, and John Stranlund. Does government regulation complement existing community efforts to support cooperation? Evidence from field experiments in Colombia Edward Elgar Publishing (2013)
John Stranlund, James Murphy, and John Spraggon. Imperfect Enforcement of Emissions Trading and Industry Welfare: A Laboratory Investigation Edward Elgar (2013)
Klaus Moeltner, James Murphy, John Stranlund, and Maria Velez. Institutional Heterogeneity in Social Dilemma Games: A Bayesian Examination Edward Elgar (2013)
James Murphy and John Stranlund. An Investigation of Voluntary Discovery and Disclosure of Environmental Violations Using Laboratory Experiments. Routledge (2008)
James Murphy, Ariel Dinar, Richard Howitt, Erin Mastrangelo, Stephen Rassenti, and Vernon Smith. Mechanisms for Addressing Third-Party Impacts Resulting from Voluntary Water Transfers Edward Elgar (2006)

Awards

2013 Garth N. Jones Faculty Writing Award University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Business and Public Policy
2003 Chair for Outstanding Master's Thesis Award Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association
1998 Graduate Student Travel Award University of California
1998 Graduate Student Travel Grant Economic Science Association
1997 Jastro-Shields Graduate Research Grant University of California
1987 Harold F. Hartman Award for Academic Excellence Villanova University
1987 Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society Phi Beta Kappa