Portrait of Joshua Tasoff
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  • Degrees
    PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley
    BS, Economics, MIT
  • Research Interests
    Behavioral economics, experimental economics, microbial economics

Joshua Tasoff has developed economic theory and run experiments that have caused the federal government to change how it communicates about retirement savings. He is an associate professor in Claremont Graduate University’s Department of Economic Sciences.

Tasoff is a behavioral economist who takes insights from psychology and integrates them into economic analysis. His research spans three broad areas: financial mistakes, anticipatory utility and intrinsic information preferences, and the economics of microbial communities.

Tasoff received his BS in Economics from MIT before earning his doctorate in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He began as an assistant professor at CGU immediately upon finishing his doctorate. He belongs to the American Economic Association, the European Economic Association, Economic Science Association, and the Royal Economic Society.

Throughout his career, Tasoff has received numerous fellowships, awards, and grants. In 2015 alone, he was awarded grants from the Fletcher Jones Foundation, the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, and the Social Security Administration through the NBER Retirement Research Center.

His recent article, “Exponential-Growth Bias and Lifecycle Consumption” (co-authored with Matthew Levy), appeared in the Journal of the European Economic Association in 2016. An article he co-authored with Ananda Ganguly, “Fantasy and Dread: The Demand for Information and the Consumption Utility of the Future,” is forthcoming in Management Science.

Co-authored with Ananda R. Ganguly. “Fantasy and Dread: The Demand for Information and the Consumption Utility of the Future.” Management Science, Forthcoming.

Co-authored with Matthew Levy. “Misunderestimation: Exponential-Growth Bias and Time-Varying Returns.” Economics Bulletin 36, no. 1 (2016): 29-34.

Co-authored with Matthew Levy. “Exponential-Growth Bias and Lifecycle Consumption.” Journal of the European Economic Association 14, no. 3 (2016): 545–83.

Co-authored with with Harris Wang and Michael Mee. “An Economic Framework of Microbial Trade.” PLOS ONE 10, no. 7 (2015): 1–20.

Co-authored with Robert Letzler. “Everyone Believes in Redemption: Nudges and Overoptimism in Costly Task Completions.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 107, part A (2014): 107–22.

“Placation and Provocation.” Rationality and Society 26, no. 1 (2014): 73–104.

Advanced Microeconomics I: Consumer Theory & General Equilibrium
Advanced Microeconomics II: Game Theory & Asymmetric Information
Foundations of Psychology & Economics
Topics in Psychology & Economics