Book Project

With Andrew W. Delton & Reuben Kline

Under Contract with the University of Michigan Press

Book Proposal

Climate Games: Experiments on the Strategy of Disaster

Selected Working Projects

We are vulnerable to disasters, yet citizens hesitate to spend on disaster prevention. Is this because the problem is too complex? Or are citizens concerned political elites will behave poorly? Using an experimental economic game that simulates disaster, we tested if people can understand when an institution incentivizes elites to exaggerate the cost of disaster prevention. Citizen players could contribute money to prevent disaster. Leader players knew the cost of prevention and reported it to citizens, with the option to exaggerate. We manipulated whether the institution allowed leaders to personally benefit if citizens contributed too much. Citizens were sensitive to this, trusting the leader less and contributing less when leaders could benefit from exaggeration. Thus, players could discriminate between institutions that did and did not create incentives for inefficiency. This helps clarify why voters might oppose spending on disaster prevention and sheds light on the nature of voter rationality.

Who do you trust? Inefficiency incentives in climate change mitigation

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, & Reuben Kline

Conditionally accepted at the Journal of Politics, Abstract

Who punishes? A note on responses to cooperation and defection across cultures

Revise & Resubmit, Abstract

The road to reelection is paved with good intentions: Experiments on the role of outcomes and intentions in voting behavior

Talbot M. Andrews & Scott Bokemper

Invited to Resubmit,  Abstract

Risk from response to a changing climate

Nicholas P. Simpson, Talbot M. Andrews, Katharine Mach, & Christopher Trisos

Under Review

The Politics of Pooling Risk: Compassion, Self-Interest, and Healthcare

Daniella P. Alva, Talbot M. Andrews, & Andrew W. Delton

Under Review, Abstract

The paradox of concern: Declining mitigation support after disasters


Close to home: How local media shapes climate change attitudes

Talbot M. Andrews, Cana Kim, & Jeong Hyun Kim


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Too many ways to help: How to promote climate change mitigation behaviors

Talbot M. Andrews, Reuben Kline, Yanna Krupnikov, & John Barry Ryan

Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2022


Anticipating moral Hazard undermines climate mitigation in an experimental geoengineering game

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, & Reuben Kline

Ecological Economics, 2022

Climate Change Literacy in Africa

Nicholas Philip Simpson, Talbot M. Andrews, Matthias Kronke, Christopher Lennard, Romaric C. Odoulami, Birgitt Ouweneel, Anna Steynor, & Christopher H. Trisos

Nature Climate Change, 2021

Preferences for Prevention: People Assume Expensive Problems Have Expensive Solutions

Talbot M. Andrews & John Barry Ryan

Risk Analysis, 2021

Is a Rational Politics of Disaster Possible? Making Useful Decisions for Others in an Experimental Disaster Game

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, & Reuben Kline

Political Behavior, 2021

From Moral Hazard to Risk-Response Feedback
Joseph Jebari, Olufemi Taiwo, Talbot M. Andrews, Valentina Aquila, Brian Beckage, Mariia Belaia, Maggie Clifford, Jay Fuhrman, David P. Keller, Katharine J. Mach, David R. Morrow, Kaitlin T. Raimi, Daniele Visioni, Simon Nicholson, & Christopher H. Trisos

Climate Risk Management, 2021

Who feels the impacts of climate change?

Talbot M. Andrews & Oleg Smirnov

Global Environmental Change, 2020

Rebel recruitment in civil conflict

Katherine Sawyer & Talbot M. Andrews

International Interactions, 2020

When trust matters: The case of gun control

John Barry Ryan, Talbot M. Andrews, Tracy Goodwin, & Yanna Krupnikov

Political Behavior, 2020

High risk-high reward investments to mitigate climate change

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, & Reuben Kline

Nature Climate Change, 2018

Cue-based estimates of reproductive value explain women’s body attractiveness

Talbot M. Andrews, Aaron W. Lukaszewski, Zachary L. Simmons, & April Bleske-Recheck

Evolution and Human Behavior, 2016


Africa’s first continent wide survey of climate change literacy finds education is key

Nicholas P. Simpson, Christopher Trisos, Matthias Krönke, & Talbot M. Andrews

The Conversation, 2021

Climate change literacy in Africa

Nicholas P. Simpson, Christopher Trisos, Matthias Krönke, & Talbot M. Andrews

Blog post on Nature Sustainability Community, 2021

Two-wave panel survey dataset on who feels affected by Hurricane Florence

Talbot M. Andrews & Oleg Smirnov

Data in Brief, 2020


The political complexity of attack and defense

Talbot M. Andrews, Leonie Huddy, Reuben Kline, H. Hannah Nam, and Katherine Sawyer

Commentary in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2019

Changing climate in the lab

Talbot M. Andrews

Article in The Experimental Political Scientist: Newsletter of the APSA Experimental Research Section, 2019

Graduate women's writing groups

Talbot M. Andrews

Blog post on Behavioral and Social Sciences at Nature Research, 2019

The connection between foraging birds and fighting climate change

Talbot M. Andrews, Andrew W. Delton, & Reuben Kline

Blog post on Behavioral and Social Sciences at Nature Research, 2018

Beyond market behavior: Evolved cognition and folk political economic beliefs

Talbot M. Andrews & Andrew W. Delton

Commentary in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2018

Other published work