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Dr. Bart Wilson

Professor, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Economics and Law
Director, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy
Economic Science Institute
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Expertise: Experimental Economics; Property; Civil Asset Forfeiture; Philosophy of Property; Biology of Property; Spontaneous Order and the Law
Office Location: Wilkinson Hall 109
Phone: (714) 628-7306
Scholarly Works:
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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Bachelor of Science
University of Arizona, Master of Arts
University of Arizona, Ph.D.


Bart J. Wilson is the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University. He is a founding member of the Economic Science Institute and founding member and Director of the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. His research uses experimental economics to explore the foundations of exchange and specialization and the origins of property. Another of his research programs compares decision making in humans, apes, and monkeys. Bart has published papers in the American Economic Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, and Nature Human Behaviour. His research has been supported with grants from the National Science Foundation and the Federal Trade Commission. In 2019 he co-authored with Vernon Smith a Cambridge University Press book entitled, "Humanomics: Moral Sentiments and the Wealth of Nations for the Twenty-First Century."

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

“Anarchy, Groups, and Conflict: An Experiment on the Emergence of Protective Associations,” Social Choice and Welfare, 38(2), February, 2012, pp. 325-353, with Adam C. Smith and David B. Skarbek.
“Contra Private Fairness,” American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 71(2), pp. 407-435, April, 2012.
“Old World Monkeys are More Similar to Humans than New World Monkeys When Playing a Coordination Game,” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1733), 22 April 2012, pp. 1522-1530, with Sarah F. Brosnan and Michael J. Beran.
“Using Experimental Economics to Understand Competition,” in Competition Policy and The Economic Approach: Foundations and Limitations, Josef Drexl and Rupprecht Podszun (eds.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011.
“The Territorial Foundations of Human Property,” Evolution & Human Behavior, 32(5), September, 2011, pp. 297-304, with Peter DeScioli. (Lead article)
“Geography and Social Networks in Nascent Distal Exchange,” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 167(3), September, 2011, pp. 409-433, with Erik O. Kimbrough. (Lead article)
“Responses to the Assurance game in Monkeys, Apes, and Humans Using Equivalent Procedures,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(8), February 22, 2011, pp. 3442-3447, with Sarah F. Brosnan, Audrey Parrish, Michael J. Beran, Timothy Flemming, Lisa Heimbauer, Catherine Talbot, Susan P. Lambeth, and Steven J. Schapiro.
“Social Preferences aren’t Preferences,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 73(1), pp. 77-82, January, 2010.
“More Information, More Ripoffs: Experiments with Public and Private Information in Markets with Asymmetric Information,” Review of Industrial Organization, 36(1), February, 2010, pp. 1-16, with Arthur Zillante. (Lead article)
“Exchange, Theft, and the Social Formation of Property,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 74(3), June, 2010, pp. 206-229, with Erik O. Kimbrough and Vernon L. Smith.
“An Experimental Analysis of the Demand for Payday Loans,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10(1), (Topics), October, 2010, pp. 1-29, with David W. Findlay, James W. Meehan Jr., Charissa Wellford, and Karl Schurter.
“Discovering Economics in the Classroom with Experimental Economics and the Scottish Enlightenment,” International Review of Economics Education, 9(2), November, 2010, pp. 10-33, with Taylor Jaworski and Vernon L. Smith. (Lead article)
“Justice and Fairness in the Dictator Game,” Southern Economic Journal, 76(1), July, 2009, pp. 130-145, with Karl Schurter.
“Exchange and Specialisation as a Discovery Process,” Economic Journal, 119, July, 2009, pp. 1162-1188, with Sean Crockett and Vernon L. Smith.
“An Experimental Investigation of Hobbesian Jungles,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 66(3-4), June, 2008, pp. 669-686, with Benjamin Powell.
“Historical Property Rights, Sociality, and the Emergence of Impersonal Exchange in Long-distance Trade,” American Economic Review, 98(3), June, 2008, pp. 1009-39, with Erik O. Kimbrough and Vernon L. Smith.
“Fixed Revenue Auctions,” Economic Inquiry, 46(3), July, 2008, pp. 342-354, with Cary A. Deck.
“Experimental Gasoline Markets,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 68(1), pp. 134-149, July, 2008, with Cary A. Deck.
“Language Games of Reciprocity.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 68(2), pp. 365-377, November, 2008.
“Incremental Approaches to Establishing Trust,” Experimental Economics, 11(4), December, 2008, pp. 370-389, with Robert Kurzban and Mary Rigdon.