Daniel Carpenter


Research on Placebo Effects and Placebo Learning


I am currently (and slowly) engaged in a project which examines the economic, scientific, political and regulatory implications of placebo effects. I have developed several models of placebo learning where an uncertain agent subject to placebo effects chooses (according to subjective dynamic optimality) among several treatments. For now, these are theoretical insights only, and the models could stand much further elaboration. This project has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation (SES-0076452) and by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.


Papers [comments and corrections are welcome]


A Simple Model of Placebo Learning with Self-Remitting Diseases


A General Model of Placebo Learning: How Increasing Consumer Options can Heighten Bias and Reduce Welfare [under construction]


Placebo Learning in Continuous Space and Time [under construction]