Laura Razzolini

PhD Award Faculty Advisor

Virginia Commonwealth University

Bio: Laura Razzolini is Professor of Economics at Virginia Commonwealth University and Editor in chief of the Southern Economic Journal. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Methodist University in 1994. Her research specializes in public and behavioral economics, and her interests are focused on the effects of cost allocation on the provision of public and shared goods. She has investigated how different contribution and pricing mechanisms affect the provision of a good and congestion on shared goods, such as roads or computer networks. She conducts economic experiments in a laboratory setting to test predictions of the theoretical models. Recently, she has become interested in studying terrorism; in particular the issue of profiling and how terrorist groups and their strategies evolve over time. Her work on cost sharing mechanisms, traffic congestions and terrorism has been funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research has been published in the Journal of Economic Theory, Economic Theory, Public Choice, and Experimental Economics.