Lydia Ashton

Lydia Ashton

Lydia Ashton


Postdoctoral Fellow, Economics

Years Active



  • B.S., honors, Economics, Universidad de Monterrey
  • M.S., Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California–Berkeley
  • Ph.D, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California–Berkeley


Lydia Ashton grew up in Monterrey, NL. A large Mexican city (with over 4 million habitants) named as one the 10 happiest cities in the world (along Madison, WI) by National Geographic.

Research Description

Lydia Ashton’s research interests span from Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics, Neuroeconomics, and Public Policy. She endeavours to increase understanding of the role that physiological and psychological factors plays on decision making. She believes this knowledge can inform and guide policy makers in designing and improving public policies. In particular, Lydia studies the effects that cognitive biases (e.g. inattention) and visceral states (e.g hunger) have on economic decisions.


  • American Economic Association
  • Economic Science Association


  • 2014 Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Small Grant in Behavioral Health Economics
  • 2015 Experimental Social Science Laboratory (X-Lab) Mini-Grant
  • 2013 Russell Sage Foundation Small Grant in Behavioral Economics
  • Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics Grant
  • 2012 Breslauer Graduate Conversation Group Award
  • 2008-10 University of California, Berkeley – Chancellor’s Fellowship for Graduate Study
  • 2007 Universidad de Monterrey – Academic Research Award

Selected Publications

Working Papers
• Hunger Games (Part 1): Does hunger and cognitive fatigue affect time preferences?
• Hunger Games (Part 2): Does hunger and cognitive fatigue affect risk preferences?, with Antoine Nebout.
• Hunger Games (Part 3): Does hunger and cognitive fatigue affect social preferences?
• Left-digit bias and inattention in retail sales: Evidence from a field experiment.
• A Review of Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health, with Nisha Giridhar, Sarah Jane Holcombe, Temina Mandon, Ellie Turner. Behavioral Economics and Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI). Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).
• Using Food Consumption Data to Attribute Sporadic and Outbreak-Associated Infections to Food Sources,” with Peter Berck, Jessica Todd, Dana Cole, and Sandra Hoffmann.
• Financial Literacy, Information, and Demand Elasticity: Survey and Experimental Evidence from Mexico, with Justine Hastings, National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 14538, December 2008.