Bart Wilson @ Chapman University



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My original academic home is the Economic Science Institute (ESI) at Chapman University as the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair of Economics and Law.  I am tenured in the  Argyros School of Business and Economics and the Fowler School of Law.  My office is room 109 in Wilkinson Hall.

In Fall 2016, Jan Osborn, Vernon Smith, Keith Hankins, and I founded my second academic home, the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. The Smith Institute's broad mission is

  • to reintegrate the study of the humanities and economics in the spirit of Adam Smith, the author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, and

  • to recombine research and undergraduate education as a discovery process in the spirit of Vernon Smith, the progenitor of experimental economics.

The Smith Institute has significantly expanded the Humanomics program to include a minor at Chapman.

I investigate what property is and why humans happen to have it.

My research also explores how Adam Smith's ideas in The Theory of Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations can inform modern study of economics and our interpretation of conduct in economic experiments. 

My other research programs apply the experimental method to cross-species comparisons of social decision making in human and nonhuman primates.  Earlier in my career I used experimental economics to study electric power deregulation, antitrust, and e-commerce.

--Bart J. Wilson

Mailing Address:

Economic Science Institute
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866


Other Contact Info:

Phone: (714) 628-7306
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E-mail: bartwilson 'at'
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This site was last updated 06/04/20