Homa Zarghamee

Associate Professor & Department Chair




1002 Milstein Learning Center



Professor Zarghamee's recent research focuses on (i) the impact of mood on economic behavior, (ii) determinants of social preferences, (iii) gender and competition, and (iv) determinants of subjective well-being.  Zarghamee has done consulting work for the World Bank, and her work has been published in the American Economic ReviewJournal of Development Economics, and Journal of Public Economics, among other outlets. Professor Zarghamee received her Ph.D and M.A. in Economics and B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Cornell University.

Diaz, Lina, Daniel Houser, John Ifcher, & Homa Zarghamee.  2023.  "Estimating Social Preferences Using Stated Satisfaction: Novel Support for Inequity Aversion."  European Economic Review, forthcoming.

Jain, Sargam & Homa Zarghamee.  2023.  "Invisible Women: A Psycho-Economic Exploration of Domestic and Reproductive Labor." International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, forthcoming.

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee.  2022.  “Does Decision-Making for Others Close the Gender Gap in Competition?” Management Science, forthcoming.

Goff, Sandra, John Ifcher, Homa Zarghamee, Alex Reents, & Patrick Wade. 2022. "Support for Bigger Government: The Principle-Implementation Gap and COVID-19." Contemporary Economic Policy, forthcoming.

Zarghamee, Homa. 2022. “Behavioral Economics and Mental Health (Applied).” In Encyclopedia of Mental Health, 3rd edition, ed. Howard Friedman & Charlotte Markey.  Elsevier, forthcoming.

Archibong, Belinda, Olivia Bobrownicki, Rajiv Sethi, & Homa Zarghamee. 2022.  "Asynchronicity, Access, and Content: Teaching Economics in a Shifting Landscape." In Elgar Guides to Teaching, Teaching Principles of Microeconomics, ed. Mark Maier & Phil Ruder.  Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming.

Ifcher, John, Homa Zarghamee, & Sandra H. Goff. 2021. "Happiness in the Lab: What Can Be Learned about Subjective Well-Being from Experiments?" In Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics.  Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, forthcoming.

Ifcher, John, Homa Zarghamee, Dan Houser, & Lina Diaz. 2020. "The Relative Income Effect: An Experiment."  Experimental Economics, 23: 1205-1234.

Ifcher, John, & Homa Zarghamee. 2020. "Behavioral Economic Phenomena in Decision-Making for Others."  Journal of Economic Psychology, 77: 102180.

Ifcher, John, Homa Zarghamee, & Carol Graham. 2019. "Income Inequality and Well-Being in the U.S.: Evidence of Geographic-Scale- and Measure-Dependence."  Journal of Economic Inequality, 17: 415-434. 

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2018. "The Rapid Evolution of Homo Economicus: Brief Exposure to Neoclassical Assumptions Increases Self-Interested Behavior."  Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 75: 55-65. 

Ifcher, John, Homa Zarghamee, & Carol Graham. 2018. “Local Neighbors as Positives, Regional Neighbors as Negatives: Competing Channels in the Relationship between Others’ Income, Health, and Happiness.”  Journal of Health Economics, 57: 263-276.

Ifcher, John, Homa Zarghamee, & Amanda Cabacungan. 2017. "The Great Recession and Life Satisfaction: The Unique Decline for Americans Approaching Retirement Age." In Markets, Governance and Institutions in the Process of Economic Development.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

Zarghamee, Homa, Kent D. Messer, Jacob Fooks, Shang Wu, Jubo Yan, & William D. Schulze. 2017. “Nudging Charitable Giving: Three Field Experiments.” Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 66: 137-149. 

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2016. “Do Gender-Variant Preferences for Competition Persist in the Absence of Performance?” Economic Inquiry, 54(4): 1918-1930.

Boyd-Swan, Casey, Chris Herbst, John Ifcher, & Homa Zarghamee. 2016. “The Earned Income Tax Credit, Mental Health, and Happiness.” Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 126(A): 18-38.

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2016. “Pricing Competition: A New Laboratory Measure of Gender Differences in the Willingness to Compete.” Experimental Economics, 19(3): 642-662.

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2016. “Inequality of Happiness: Evidence of the Compression of the Subjective-Well-Being Distribution with Economic Growth.” In Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy, Volume 1: Concepts and Analysis, ed. Kaushik Basu and Joseph E. Stiglitz. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 225-245.

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2015. “Ethics and Experimental Economics.”  In Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy, ed. Elizabeth Searing and Donald R. Searing. New York: Springer, 195-207.

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2014. “Affect and Overconfidence: A Laboratory Investigation." Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics, 7(3):125-150 .

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2014. “The Happiness of Single Mothers: Evidence from the General Social Survey.” Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(5): 1219-1238.

Kerley Keisner, Deborah, Kent D. Messer, William D. Schulze, & Homa Zarghamee. 2013. “Testing Social Preferences for an Economic “Bad”: An Artefactual Field Experiment.” Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 115(1): 27-61.

Ifcher, John & Homa Zarghamee. 2011. “Happiness and Time Preference: The Effect of Positive Affect in a Random-Assignment Experiment.” American Economic Review, 101(7): 3109-3129.

Basu, Kaushik & Homa Zarghamee. 2009. “Is Product Boycott a Good Idea for Controlling Child Labor? A Theoretical Investigation.” Journal of Development Economics, 88(2): 217-220.

Messer, Kent D., Homa Zarghamee, Harry M. Kaiser, & William D. Schulze. 2007. “New Hope for the Voluntary Contributions Mechanism.” Journal of Public Economics. 91(9): 1783-1799.

Basu, Kaushik, Hyejin Ku, & Homa Zarghamee. 2007. “Determinants of Youth Behavior and Outcomes: A Review of Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications.” Background paper for World Bank’s 2007 World Development Report.

Zarghamee, Homa, Jubo Yan, Kent D. Messer, & William D. Schulze. 2018.  "Can the Voluntary Contributions Mechanism be Efficient? The Role of Social Norms and Automatic Donation in Charitable Giving." 

"At Dawn."  Second Factory, Issue 3, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2022.

"Toweling."  Alexandria Quarterly, Fall Portfolio, 2018.

A Long Drawn Face.  Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2018.

“300,000 Women Are Missing from Economics."  With Samuel Bowles & Wendy Carlin.  The Conversation, September, 18, 2017. 

“Potlatch in the Auction House.” With Andrew Goldstein.  Spike Art Quarterly. 40, Summer 2014.

In The News

Barnard professors and students have created the Interactive Economics website, a breakthrough set of virtual tools that makes the field accessible for anyone with internet access.

May 20, 2024

COVID-19 was declared a crisis three years ago — now, three of Barnard’s gender and labor economists reflect on ways to end gender-based wage disparity and how the pandemic has helped and hurt these efforts. 

March 14, 2023

Zarghamee’s Economics of Gender course engages with women’s unique relationships to career and family.  

May 21, 2021