Associate Professor Jefferson Amparo Arapoc

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PhD (Economics) – University of Newcastle; Masters (Economics) – University of the Philippines Diliman; Bachelors (Economics) – University of Philippines Los Baños

Jefferson Arapoc is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of the Philippines Los Baños and a Casual Academic at the University of Newcastle and UNCIE Kaplan Inc. Assist. Prof. Arapoc is also the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Usapang Econ. Jefferson specialises in Behavioural Economics and Environmental Economics and has worked on a range of projects with the BEST Centre, primarily surrounding COVID-19.

Field of Expertise

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Game Theory

Research Interests

  • Pro-social behavior
  • Cheating and corruption
  • Nudge theory
  • Experimental design


  • Chan, H. F., Brumpton, M., Macintyre, A., Arapoc, J., Savage, D. A., Skali, A., … & Torgler, B. (2020). How confidence in health
    care systems affects mobility and compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic. PloS one, 15(10), e0240644
  • Adique, H. A. V., Arapoc, J. A., & Valientes, R. M. (2017). An Experimental Investigation on Performance Under Individual, Team, and Mix Incentive Schemes.
  • Abante, J. C. I., & Arapoc, J. A. (2016). An Economic Analysis on the Impacts of Inequality on Trust and Trustworthiness: A
    Laboratory Experiment. Journal of Asia Trade and Business, 3, 1-18.
  • Firmalino AF.F. and J.A., Arapoc (2016) “Development Gaps in the ASEAN: A Comparison of the ASEAN 6 and the CLMV Using the Gravity Models of Trade”, Journal of Global Business and Trade, Vol. 12, No. 2 pp. 43-52
  • Arias JK.B., J.A., Arapoc and HJ. P. Mendiodia (2016) “Impacts of and Adaptation to Extreme Weather Events: An Intrahousehold Perspective”, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia Publication, 2016-RR2
  • Arias JK.B., J.A., Arapoc and HJ. P. Mendiodia (2016) “ Helping Households to Adapt to Extreme Weather Events-Two Case
    Studies in the Philippines”, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia Policy Brief, No. 2016-PB5
  • Alcaide M.R. and J.A., Arapoc (2015) “Decoy Effect and Student Preference with regard to USB Flash Drives” Journal of
    Economics, Management, and Agricultural Development, Vol. 1,No. 2 pp 95-103.
  • Arapoc, J.A. (2014) ” An Analysis of Households’ Rice and Noodle Consumption in the Philippines” Journal of Global Business and Trade, Vol. 10, No. 2 pp. 27-34