Department of Economics


Danila Serra

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Oxford
Umphrey Lee 301C

Danila Serra has been a professor in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University since 2012. Previously, she was an economics professor at Florida State University. She received a BSc in economics and social sciences from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, in 2001, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003, and a PhD in economics from the University of Oxford in 2009. Professor Serra’s research explores the behavioral foundations of corruption and accountability, using novel experimental methodologies. She has collected data in a number of developed and developing countries, including Ethiopia, Rwanda and Albania.

Research Interests

Experimental Economics, Development Economics, Institutions and Culture, Economics of Corruption.

Courses Taught

Price Theory, Economics of Corruption, Development Economics, Analysis of Economic Data.

Selected Publications

  • EDITED VOLUME: New Advances of Experimental Research on Corruption, edited with Leonard Wantchekon, Research In Experimental Economics Volume 15, Bingly: Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.
  • “Combining top-down and bottom-up accountability: Evidence from a bribery experiment”, The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization 28(3): 569-587, August 2012.
  • “Anti-corruption Policies: Lessons from the Lab”, with K. Abbink, in D. Serra and L. Wantchekon (eds.) New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption, Research In Experimental Economics Volume 15, Bingly: Emerald Group Publishing, June 2012.
  • “How corruptible are you? Bribery under uncertainty”, with D. Ryvkin, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 81: 466-77, January 2012.
  • “Corruption and culture: An experimental analysis”, with A. Barr, Journal of Public Economics, 94, Issues 11-12, December 2010.
  • “The effects of externalities and framing on bribery in a petty corruption experiment”, with A. Barr, Experimental Economics, 12(4): 488 – 503, 2009.


  • 2012 Economic Journal Annual Referee Prize
  • 2009 Edgeworth Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis, Department of Economics, University of Oxford

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