As an experimental economist in a school of public affairs, Linardi bridges academic research with the daily challenges facing those who provide services to vulnerable populations. She believes that solutions to real world problems transcend disciplinary boundaries to touch upon universal human motivations. This belief has translated into collaboration with political science, social work, and computer science as well as experiments in the US, India, China, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan.


Teaching and Research Areas

Linardi’s research focuses on three important drives of service provision:

  • The supply of donated funds and labor (prosocial behavior)
  • The ability for decision makers to aggregate mission-critical information under uncertainty (information aggregation)
  • The behavior of the population targeted for service


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • "The Psychology of Ethnic Bias: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" with Luke Condra, conditionally accepted at Journal of Politics.
  • "From Barely Making It To...? Effects of Raising Wages Among Low-Wage Workers," a Heinz Endowment-funded study with Jeffrey Shook, Ray Engel, and the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh.
  • “Accounting for Noise in the Microfoundation of Information Aggregation”, Games and Economic Behavior, 101, pp. 334-353, 2017.
  • "Clerics and Scriptures: Experimentally Disentangling the Influence of Religious Authority in Afghanistan," with Luke Condra and Mohammad Isaqzaeh, British Journal of Political Science, pp. 1-19, 2017.


Awards and Honors

  • 2016 co-winner of MPSA Best Paper in Comparative Politics
  • 2021 University of Pittsburgh Engaged Scholarship Summer Design Fellow


Consultancies and Public Service

  • "Utilization of Social Services Among Ex-Inmates," an ongoing study with Marco Castillo, Ragan Petrie, and Pittsburgh nonprofit Foundation of Hope.
  • "Building a Smart City Economy and Information Ecosystem to Motivate Pro-Social Transportation Behavior," an ongoing study with Alexandros Labrinidis, Yu-ru Lin, and the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Grant reviewer, National Science Foundation, Time-sharing Experiment for Social Sciences (TESS).


Other Academic Positions 

  • Director, Pitt Smart Living Human Behavior Laboratory
  • Affiliated faculty, Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory (PEEL), University of Pittsburgh
  • Associated faculty, Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh