Oliver Hauser

Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School

About Oliver

Dr. Oliver Hauser is a Research Fellow at Harvard University, conducting research at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School and, as of July 2018, will join the University of Exeter Business School as a Senior Lecturer in Economics. His research focuses on two areas of inquiry: (1) behavioural ethics and (2) inequities in the workplace and in society. 

Oliver earned his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 2016 with a focus on human cooperation and pro-social behaviour. His research agenda incorporates these fundamental insights and human biases in decision-making to help organisations and governments solve problems that matter. His work addresses ethical failures in the financial, charitable and tax sectors, as well as to helps reduce inequities of gender and race in the workplace and economic inequalities in society.

Oliver's research emphasises a holistic approach to studying behaviour in organisations and society, through a combination of lab and field experiments as well as big data and machine learning. He has collaborated with a wide range of companies, such as the Behavioural Insights Team in the UK Cabinet Office (“Nudge Unit”); the social-norm utility company Opower; the consulting branch of Deloitte; the New Mexico state government; the crowdsourcing review platform Yelp; and nonprofit organisations GlobalGiving, DonorsChoose.org and Kiva.

At Harvard, Oliver is affiliated with the Behavioral Insights Group, the Women and Public Policy Program and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He has previously worked in the UK Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insights Team and at Yelp.com.

Oliver's work has been published in leading journals such as Nature, Research in Organizational Behavior, Current Opinion in Psychology, and Behavioral Sciences; practitioners' outlets such as the Harvard Business Review; and has been covered by popular news organisations such as the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post. He has received many awards for his research and teaching, including Pacific Standard's "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" award, the Wharton People Analytics research competition prize, the Harvard University Richard J. Herrnstein Dissertation Prize, the Harvard John Parker Award, the Harvard merit fellowship, and several Certificates of Distinction in Teaching.

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