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Charles Efferson


Full Professor
Department of Organizational Behavior

Internef, room 608
Tel 021.692.61.34

Postal address
Université de Lausanne
Quartier UNIL-Chamberonne
Bâtiment Internef
1015 Lausanne


master Human Behavior and Evolutionary Inference
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Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation Behaviour, Economics and Evolution
bachelor Introduction to Negotiations
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Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management
Bachelor (BSc) in Economic Sciences
master Negociations
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Master of Science (MSc) in Management, Orientation Strategy, Organization and Leadership
Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en management, Orientation Behaviour, Economics and Evolution


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35 last publications

: Peer Reviewed

In Press

Efferson Charles, McKay Ryan ; Fehr Ernst (in press). The evolution of distorted beliefs versus mistaken choices under asymmetric error costs. Evolutionary Human Sciences. Peer Reviewed


Efferson Charles, Vogt Sonja ; Fehr Ernst (2019). The promise and the peril of using social influence to reverse harmful traditions. Nature Human Behaviour. Peer Reviewed

Schief Matthias, Vogt Sonja ; Efferson Charles (2019). The Structure of Son Bias in Armenia: From Implicit Associations to Explicit Behavior. SSRN Electronic Journal.

Soraperra Ivan, Köbis Nils, Efferson Charles, Shalvi Shaul, Vogt Sonja ; Offerman Theo (2019). A Market for Integrity - An Experiment on Corruption in the Education Sector. SSRN Electronic Journal.


Benjamin Daniel J., Berger James O., Johannesson Magnus, Nosek Brian A., Wagenmakers E.-J., Berk Richard et al. (2018). Redefine statistical significance. Nature Human Behaviour, 2, 6-10. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Charles (2018). Economic Psychology. International Encycopedia of Anthropology. Wiley. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Charles , Fehr Ernst (2018). Simple moral code supports cooperation. Nature, 555, 169-170.

Efferson Charles , Vogt Sonja (2018). Behavioural homogenization with spillovers in a normative domain. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285, 20180492. Peer Reviewed

McKay Ryan, Ross Robert M., O'Lone Katherine ; Efferson Charles (2018). The error of God, revisited. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8, 306-310. Peer Reviewed


Vogt Sonja, Efferson Charles ; Fehr Ernst (2017). The risk of female genital cutting in Europe: Comparing immigrant attitudes toward uncut girls with attitudes in a practicing country. SSM - Population Health, 3, 283-293. Peer Reviewed

Zimmermann Jarid , Efferson Charles (2017). One-shot reciprocity under error management is unbiased and fragile. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38, 39-47. Peer Reviewed


Efferson C., Lalive R., Cacault M.P. ; Kistler D. (2016). The Evolution of Facultative Conformity Based on Similarity. PLOS ONE, 11, e0168551. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Charles, Roca Carlos P., Vogt Sonja ; Helbing Dirk (2016). Sustained cooperation by running away from bad behavior. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37, 1-9. Peer Reviewed

Vogt Sonja, Mohmmed Zaid Nadia Ahmed, El Fadil Ahmed Hilal, Fehr Ernst ; Efferson Charles (2016). Changing cultural attitudes towards female genital cutting. Nature, 538, 506-509. Peer Reviewed


Efferson C., Vogt S., Elhadi A., Ahmed H. E. F. ; Fehr E. (2015). Female genital cutting is not a social coordination norm. Science, 349, 1446-1447. Peer Reviewed

Vogt S., Efferson C., Berger J. ; Fehr E. (2015). Eye spots do not increase altruism in children. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36, 224-231. Peer Reviewed


Hruschka D., Efferson C., Jiang T., Falletta-Cowden A., Sigurdsson S., McNamara R. et al. (2014). Impartial Institutions, Pathogen Stress and the Expanding Social Network. Human Nature, 25, 567-579. Peer Reviewed


Efferson C. , Vogt S. (2013). Viewing men's faces does not lead to accurate predictions of trustworthiness. Scientific Reports, 3. Peer Reviewed

Vogt S., Efferson C. ; Fehr E. (2013). Can we see inside? Predicting strategic behavior given limited information. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34, 258-264. Peer Reviewed


Efferson Charles (2012). Book Review Feature: Two Book Reviews of A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and its Evolution. The Economic Journal, 122, F253-F264.


McKay R., Efferson C., Whitehouse H. ; Fehr E. (2011). Wrath of God: religious primes and punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278, 1858-1863. Peer Reviewed

Paciotti B., Richerson P.J., Baum B., Lubell M., Waring T., McElreath R. et al. (2011). Are religious individuals more generous, trusting, and cooperative? An experimental test of the effect of religion on prosociality. The economics of religion: Anthropological approaches (pp. 267–305). Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Peer Reviewed


McKay Ryan , Efferson Charles (2010). The subtleties of error management. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31, 309-319. Peer Reviewed


Efferson C. (2008). Prey-producing predators: the ecology of human intensification. Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences, 12, 55-74. Peer Reviewed

Efferson C., Lalive R. ; Fehr E. (2008). The coevolution of cultural groups and ingroup favoritism. Science, 321, 1844-1849. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Ch., Lalive R., Richerson P. J., McElrath R. ; Lubell M. (2008). Conformists and Mavericks: The Empirics of Frequency-Dependent Cultural Transmission. Evolution and Human Behavior, 29, 56-64. Peer Reviewed

McElreath Richard, Bell Adrian V, Efferson Charles, Lubell Mark, Richerson Peter J ; Waring Timothy (2008). Beyond existence and aiming outside the laboratory: estimating frequency-dependent and pay-off-biased social learning strategies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 363, 3515-3528. Peer Reviewed


Burkart J. M., Fehr E., Efferson C. ; van Schaik C. P. (2007). Other-regarding preferences in a non-human primate: Common marmosets provision food altruistically. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 104, 19762-19766. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Charles , Richerson Peter J. (2007). A prolegomenon to nonlinear empiricism in the human behavioral sciences. Biology & Philosophy, 22, 1-33. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Charles, Richerson Peter J., McElreath Richard, Lubell Mark, Edsten Ed, Waring Timothy M. et al. (2007). Learning, productivity, and noise: an experimental study of cultural transmission on the Bolivian Altiplano. Evolution and Human Behavior, 28, 11-17. Peer Reviewed

Efferson Charles, Takezawa Masanori ; McElreath Richard (2007). New Methods in Quantitative Ethnography : Economic Experiments and Variation in the Price of Equality. Current Anthropology, 48, 912-919. Peer Reviewed


Efferson Charles, Lalive Rafael, Richerson Peter, McElreath Richard ; Lubell Mark (2006). Models and Anti-Models: The Structure of Payoff-Dependent Social Learning. SSRN Electronic Journal.

McEachern M.B., Eagles-Smith C.A., Efferson C.M. ; van Vuren D.H. (2006). Evidence for local specialization in a generalist mammalian herbivore, Neotoma fuscipes. Oikos, 113, 440-448. Peer Reviewed


McElreath Richard, Lubell Mark, Richerson Peter J., Waring Timothy M., Baum William, Edsten Edward et al. (2005). Applying evolutionary models to the laboratory study of social learning. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26, 483-508. Peer Reviewed


Baum William M., Richerson Peter J., Efferson Charles M. ; Paciotti Brian M. (2004). Cultural evolution in laboratory microsocieties including traditions of rule giving and rule following. Evolution and Human Behavior, 25, 305-326. Peer Reviewed


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