Simon Halliday

Assistant Professor of Economics

Simon Halliday

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2019
Tuesday, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
And by appointment.

Wright Hall 234



Ph.D., University of Siena

M.A. Creative Writing, M. Commerce, B. Commerce, B. Soc. Sci., University of Cape Town


Simon Halliday 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. 

Halliday’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 his projects focuses on the similarities and differences between men and women and risk decision. Another aspect of Halliday’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, Halliday 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, Halliday 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. He has also worked as a textbook author for the Open University, United Kingdom.

Halliday is interested in a variety of topics for special studies and honors theses: experimental economics, behavioral economics, economics and psychology, the economies of Africa, development, impact evaluation, political economy, game theory, microeconomics, evolutionary economics, history of economic thought, philosophy and economics, methodology and the institutions of capitalism.