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Gil Hersch PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Virginia Tech

Research Fellow, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy

Virginia Tech

229 Major Williams Hall (0126)
220 Stanger Street
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Gil Hersch is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Virginia Tech Department of Philosophy and the PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) Program. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher and is a current affiliate at the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy at George Mason University. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. Hersch’s dissertation is on the use of measures of well-being in public policy. His primary focus is on ethical and scientific questions at the intersection of economics, policy, and business. Hersch has published articles in Public Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Happiness Studies, Teaching and Learning Inquiry, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and the Journal of Economic Methodology.


“Ignoring Easterlin; Why Easterlin’s Correlation Findings Need Not Matter to Public Policy” Journal of Happiness Studies(forthcoming)


“Educational Equipoise and the Educational Misconception; Lessons from Bioethics” Teaching and Learning Inquiry, 6(2), 2018 (forthcoming)


“The Narrowed Domain of Disagreement for Well-Being Policy” Public Affairs Quarterly, 32(1), 2018


“Experimental Economics’ Inconsistent Ban on Deception” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 52, 2015: pp. 13-19


“Can an Evidential Account Justify Relying on Preferences for Well-Being Policy?” Journal of Economic Methodology, 22(3), 2015: pp. 280-291


(with Daniel Houser) “James M. Buchanan and Experimental Public Choice” James M. Buchanan: A Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy. Ed. Richard E. Wagner. London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming)

“Motivationally Balancing Policy” SOCIETY, 53(3), 2016: pp. 264-268

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