Cortney Rodet, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics

 “I teach because of the rewards stemming from inquiry. Upon asking new questions and learning new knowledge, we quickly realize how much we do not know but can discover through discourse and study. It is critical for professors to aid students’ development in asking good questions and finding answers to them. In this way, inquiry becomes a joint venture where the insight of student and teacher combine and lead to discovery.”

Dr. Rodet is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Florida Southern College. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Florida State University where he studied experimental economics, behavioral economics and political economy. Prior to joining FSC he was a Research Economist specializing in experimental, behavioral and institutional economics at the Economic Science Institute, which was founded by Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith.

Dr. Rodet's research interests include formal and informal institutions and their impact on individuals and society, accountability among political agents, psychological motivations of political participation and expression, and persuasion. His work generally employs laboratory experiments to study behavior, and the National Science Foundation and the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics have funded several of his projects. Recently his research has been published in Experimental Economics, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, and the Journal of Institutional Economics. He regularly presents research at the annual meetings of the Economic Science Association, the Southern Economic Association and the Public Choice Society.

In the past, Dr. Rodet has taught Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, Political Economy and Humanomics, which is a course that combines economics and the humanities to understand how private enterprise and morality reinforce each other. He will be teaching Microeconomics and International Trade and Finance at FSC.

Education

Ph.D., Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
M.S., Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
B.S., Economics, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah

Honors and Awards

  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Searle Freedom Trust
  • NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2010, $5,025
  • BB&T Bank Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Young Scholars Award, Association for Private Enterprise Education, 2010
  • Irvin and Peggy Sobel Award for Best PhD Candidate in Economics, FSU, 2009
  • Graduate Student Representative, FSU, Southern Economic Association Conference, 2009
  • John and Hallie Quinn Fellowship in Experimental Economics, 2008-2009
  • Participant, IFREE workshop on Experimental Economics at Chapman University, 2009
  • John Gapinski Award, First-Year Graduate Student of the Year, FSU, 2007
  • The Wall Street Journal Award, Outstanding Student in Economics, SUU, 2006

Publications or Exhibitions

“Voter Behavior, Term Limits and Seniority Advantage in Pork Barrel Politics,”: The Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, forthcoming

“Negative Reinforcement Spillovers” (with David Dickinson and Glenn Dutcher), Experimental Economics, forthcoming.

“Praise and Profits: Cultural and Institutional Determinants of Entrepreneurship” (with Benjamin Powell), The Journal of Private Enterprise, 2012 27:2, pp. 19-42 (Winner of the journal’s Paper of the Year Award for 2012).

“Rule of Law and the Size of Government” (with Randall G. Holcombe), The Journal of Institutional Economics, 2012 8:1, pp. 49-69.

Working Papers

“Experiments on Political Trust,” Revise and resubmit at Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

“Are Political Statements Only Expressive? An Experiment” (with Jared Barton), submitted
“On Soft Paternalism”
“Order in Rio’s Favelas”
“Are Political Statements Only Expressive? An Experiment”
Bay Area Behavioral and Experimental Economics Workshop, 2014, Stanford, CA
Economic Science Association North American meetings 2013, Santa Cruz, CA
ESI Research Seminar 2013
“The Benefits of Exchange: Do Markets Promote Virtue?”
Florida Southern College, invited talk, 2014
“The Economics of Expression”
California State Channel Islands, invited talk, 2013
“The Value of Political Expression”
Southern Utah University, invited talk, 2013
“Voter Behavior, Term Limits and Seniority Advantage in Pork Barrel Politics”
Troy University, invited talk, Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, 2013
ESI Research Seminar 2012
Caltech Research Seminar 2012
Public Choice Society Meetings 2011, San Antonio, TX
APEE meetings, 2010, Las Vegas, NV
Southern Economic Association Conference 2009, San Antonio, TX
“Seniority, Information and Electoral Accountability”
Public Choice Society Meetings 2013, New Orleans, LA
APEE meetings, 2012, Las Vegas, NV
Southern Economic Association Conference 2010, Atlanta, Georgia
“A Public Choice Critique of Soft Paternalism”
Public Choice Society Meetings 2013, New Orleans, LA
“Praise and Profits: Cultural and Institutional Determinants of Entrepreneurship”
APEE meetings, 2010, Las Vegas, NV
“Moving Money: A Minimum Cost Flow and the Markowitz Portfolio Selection Problem”
Student Scholarship Day, Southern Utah University, 2006

Connect with
Cortney Rodet

243 Rogers Building
860.680.4290
crodet@flsouthern.edu