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Simon Halliday completed his PhD in economics at the University of Siena in Siena, Italy. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor of Social Sciences, a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), a Master of Commerce in Economics and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Simon is affiliated as a researcher with the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and LabSi, the experimental economics laboratory at the University of Siena, Italy.
Simon's research covers a variety of topics in development, behavioral and experimental economics. He has studied intra-household decision-making, social preferences, risk preferences and gender. One of Simon’s projects focuses on the similarities and differences between men and women and risk decision. Another aspect of Simon’s work examines the social preferences underpinning punishment decisions related to antisocial behavior. He is currently working on several new projects to do with autonomy and control in employment, conflict of interest between principals and agents, and the ways in which groups make decisions.
Before joining the faculty at Smith, Simon worked as a lecturer in the Department of Economics at Royal Holloway, University of London and prior to that as a lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Before starting his graduate studies, Simon worked as the assistant project manager of a national survey of South African land reform, the Quality of Life Survey, a joint project of the South African Department of Land Affairs and the World Bank. Simon has also worked as a textbook author for the Open University, UK.
Simon is interested in a variety of topics for special studies and honors theses: Experimental Economics, Behavioral Economics, Economics & Psychology, the Economies of Africa, Development, Impact Evaluation, Political Economy, Game Theory, Microeconomics, Evolutionary Economics, History of Economic Thought, Philosophy & Economics, Methodology, the Institutions of Capitalism.