Associate Professor of Behavioural Economics , Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle

David A. Savage is a behavioral economics researcher, with a primary research interest in the behavioral analysis of disasters and extreme environments, which includes man-made and natural disasters (from floods to terrorism) and high stress work or play environments (from elite athletes to police officers). While this interest stems from a behavioral economics view- point, it only extends into the broader social sciences as evident in his publications across economics, social science and the hard sciences. David has sought to marry the behavioral work of the social sciences to the empirical rigor of economics. This has resulted in multi- disciplinary work with a clearer understanding of theory and stronger empirical basis for the study of the decisions making under extreme environments and pressure. Generating new and important insights into the disaster and behavioral literatures, covering the empirical analysis of decision making, emotions, health and stress in these non normal environments.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • 2014–2015
    Teaching Fellow, Bond University
  • 2008–2013
    Academic, QUT

Education

  • 2013 
    QUT, PhD (Economics)
  • 2010 
    QUT, MA by Research (Economics)
  • 2007 
    QUT, BA Business
  • 2003 
    QUT, BA IT

Publications

  • 2020
    Dying for the Cause: The Rationality of Martyrs, Suicide Bombers and Self Immolators, Rationality & Society
  • 2020
    Supportive or inhibitive? Analysis of dynamic interactions between the inter-organisational collaborations of vehicle powertrains, Journal of Cleaner Production
  • 2020
    Dataset on the global patent networks within and between vehicle powertrain technologies - Cases of ICEV, HEV, and BEV, Data in Brief
  • 2019
    Towards a Complex Model of Disaster Behaviour, Disasters Journal
  • 2019
    There and Back Again: Adaptation after Repeated Rule Changes, Journal of Economic Psychology
  • 2018
    Online sperm donors: The impact of family, friends, personality and risk perception on behaviour, Reproductive Biomedicine - Online
  • 2017
    Differences in national identity, violence and conflict in international sports tournaments: Hic Sunt Leons!, KYKLOS
  • 2016
    Those Left Behind: Euthanasia, Suicide and Other Regarding Preferences, Rationality & Society
  • 2016
    Surviving the Storm: Behavioural Economics in the Conflict Environment, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy
  • 2015
    THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’: The effect of institutional change on cooperative behaviour at 26,000ft over Sixty years., Palgrave MacMillian
  • 2015
    Determinants of aggressiveness on the soccer pitch: Evidence from FIFA and UEFA tournaments, Economics Bulletin
  • 2014
    Retaining the Thin Blue Line: What shapes a workers willingness not to quit the current work environment?, International Journal of Social Economics
  • 2014
    Variation in risk seeking behaviour following large losses: A natural experiment., European Economic Review
  • 2013
    Retaining the thin blue line: What shapes a workers willingness to quit the current work environment?, International Journal of Social Economics
  • 2013
    The emergence of pro-social and religious preferences during the September 11 disaster, Motivation and Emotion
  • 2012
    Nerves of Steel? Stress, Work Performance and Elite Athletes, Applied Economics
  • 2011
    Behaviour under Extreme Conditions: The Titanic Disaster., Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • 2011
    The Red Mist? Red Shirts, Success and Team Sports, Sport in Society
  • 2011
    Who perished on the Titanic? The importance of social norms., Rationality and Society
  • 2011
    The Relationship among Stress, Strain and Social Capital., Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management
  • 2011
    Gender Variations of Physiological and Psychological Stress in Police Officers., Gender Issues
  • 2010
    Interaction of natural survival instincts and internalized social norms exploring the Titanic and Lusitania disasters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2010
    Noblesse Oblige?Determinants of Survival in a Life and Death Situation, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization
  • 2010
    Fairness and Allocations Systems, Economic Analysis and Policy
  • 2010
    The Role of Social Capital in Reducing Negative Health Outcomes among Police Officers. , International Journal of Social Inquiry