Jonathan Woon PhD, Stanford University, 2005

4437 WWPH

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Professor Woon’s research enriches our understanding of human behavior in the context of basic democratic processes. His work addresses a variety of questions concerning elections, representation, competition, and communication. Can voters hold politicians accountable? Why isn’t the pool of candidates for office more diverse? Do elections increase the provision of public goods? Are parties’ reputations tied to what they do in government? How does competition affect the incentives for lying and do citizens know when they are being lied to? Professor Woon approaches these questions primarily by conducting incentivized small group and decision-making experiments, applying the methods of experimental and behavioral economics. He also generates insights from game theoretic and behavioral models, survey experiments, and the statistical analysis of elections, public opinion, and legislative behavior. 

Areas of Expertise

Experiments, elections, representation, legislative politics, political parties, empirical implications of theoretical models, formal theory


Minozzi, William and Jonathan Woon. 2016. "Competition, Preference Uncertainty, and Jamming: A Strategic Communication Experiment" Games and Economic Behavior

Kanthak, Kristin and Jonathan Woon. 2015. “Women Don’t Run? Election Aversion andCandidate Entry” American Journal of Political Science

Woon, Jonathan and Ian P. Cook. 2015. "Competing Gridlock Models and Status Quo Policies." Political Analysis

Woon, Jonathan. 2014. "An Experimental Study of Electoral Incentives and Institutional Choice." Journal of Experimental Political Science.

Woon, Jonathan. 2012. "Democratic Accountability and Retrospective Voting: A Laboratory Experiment." American Journal of Political Science

Woon, Jonathan and Sarah Anderson. 2012. "Political Bargaining and the Timing of Congressaional Appropriations." Legislative Studies Quarterly

Hamman, John R., Roberto A. Weber, and Jonathan Woon. 2011. "An Experimental Investigation of Electoral Delegation and the Provision of Public Goods" American Journal of Political Science 55(4): 737-751

Woon, Jonathan. 2009 “Issue Attention and Legislative Proposals in the U.S. Senate.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 34(1): 24-54

Woon, Jonathan and Jeremy C. Pope. 2008. “Made in Congress? Testing the Electoral Implications of Party Ideological Brand Names.” Journal of Politics 70(3): 823-836

Woon, Jonathan. 2008. “Bill Sponsorship in Congress: The Moderating Effect of Agenda Positions on Legislative Proposals.” Journal of Politics 70(1): 201-216

Working Papers

Woon, Jonathan. 2016. "Political Lie Detection"

Woon, Jonathan. 2016. "Primary Elections, Strategic Voting, and Candidate Polarization"

Woon, Jonathan and Kristin Kanthak. 2016. "Elections, Ability, and Candidate Honesty"

Minozzi, William and Jonathan Woon. 2016. "Competition and Strategic Communication: An Experimental Study"

Chaudoin, Stephen and Jonathan Woon. 2015. "How Hard to Fight? Strategic Sophistication in an Asymmetric Contest Experiment"


PS 2703 Formal Theory I

PS 2704 Formal Political Theory II

PS 0700 Research Methods in Political Science

PS 1710 Formal Political Analysis