Jeffrey Carpenter joined the Economics faculty of Middlebury College as an assistant professor in September 1999. He finished his dissertation under the supervision of Herbert Gintis and Samuel Bowles at the University of Massachusetts, February 2000. His dissertation focused on the logical and behavioral foundations of the equal split as a bargaining convention. Prior to returning to New England for his graduate studies (he was born in Bennington, Vermont), he spent his formative years in the Midwest at the University of Minnesota where he received his bachelors degree (BS, Accounting) from the Carlson School of Management.
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His research fields include Experimental and Behavioral Economics, Game and Bargaining Theory, and Theoretical Institutional Economics. While pursuing these interests, he has become involved with the MacArthur Foundation's preferences research group headed by Herbert Gintis (UMass) and Robert Boyd (UCLA), The Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany (IZA), and he has been in residence and conducted research at both the Economic Science Lab at the University of Arizona and the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics at the University of Zürich. His research has been (and is), funded by the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. His research has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Games and Economic Behavior, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economics Letters, Theory & Decision, Computational Economics, and Labour Economics.