research

PUBLICATIONS

Molnar, A. (2019). SMARTRIQS: A Simple Method Allowing Real Time Respondent Interaction in Qualtrics Surveys. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 22, 161-169.

Loewenstein, G., & Molnar, A. (2018). The renaissance of belief-based utility in economics. Nature: Human Behaviour, 2(3), 166-167.

Heintz, C., Karabegovic, M., & Molnar, A. (2016). The co-evolution of honesty and strategic vigilance. Frontiers in psychology, 7.

WORKING PAPERS

Golman, R., Loewenstein, G., Molnar, A., & Saccardo, S. (in preparation). The Demand for, and Avoidance of, Information.

Molnar, A., & Chaudhry, S. J. (under review). The lesser of two evils: Explaining a bad choice by revealing the choice set.

Loewenstein, G., & Molnar, A. (in preparation for resubmission). A Review of Belief-based Utility.

VanEpps, E. M., Molnar, A., Downs, J. S., & Loewenstein, G. (in preparation for resubmission). Choosing the light meal: Dynamic aggregation of calorie information to reduce consumption.

Molnar, A., Heintz, C. (2016). Beliefs about people’s prosociality: eliciting predictions in dictator games. CEU Working Papers, Department of Economics, Central European University.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

"It’s not about the money. It’s about sending a message!: Interpreting costly punishment as a signal." (with Shereen Chaudhry, Alex Imas, and George Loewenstein)

"When to promote and when to play down the self?: Revealing negative information to create a positive impression." (with Shereen Chaudhry and Silvia Saccardo)

"The desire to be understood." (with George Loewenstein)

EXPERTISE IN EMPIRICAL RESEARCH

While my research is motivated by theoretical models of economics and psychology, my projects rely heavily on rigorous behavioral testing. Over the course of my doctoral training, I have gathered a lot of experience in designing and implementing experiments. Since 2013, I have collected and analyzed data from over 80 studies, involving over 33,000 participants. These include a multitude of methods and subject pools: 'classic' lab studies (in-person, pen and paper, individual and interactive), computer lab studies (including group interaction), online surveys, and interactive, custom online experiments. I have also developed an online platform - SMARTRIQS - that allows real-time participant interaction in online surveys.