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Kawika Pierson
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Business Dynamics and Simulations for Strategy
2018 Jesse Burkhead Award for the best article published in Public Budgeting & Finance.
2017 Member of MIT Mystery Hunt Winning Team, wrote four puzzles for the 2018 Hunt.
2015 Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching. Willamette University.
2014 Erdos Number: 4. Paul Erd ˝ os˝ ⇒ James Baumgartner ⇒ Stanley Wagon ⇒ Vittorio Addona
2013 Included in the Laya and Jerome B. Wiesner Student Art Award for Senior House
2012 Award for Excellence in Teaching. Atkinson Graduate School of Management.
2009 Nominated for the Goodwin Medal for Conspicuously Effective Teaching. MIT
2009 Sloan School Best Teaching Assistant. MIT Sloan School of Management.
2009 Energy Fellowship. BP/MIT.
2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presidential Award. MIT.
2006 Doctoral Fellowship. MIT Sloan School of Management.
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  1. Pierson, K., Thompson, J., 2020, Leveraging Quasi-Experimental Methods to Estimate Model Structure: Understanding School Funding Changes in Response to Court Orders., Systems, 8(3), 25.
  2. Pierson, K., 2020, Building a Richer Understanding of Diversity Through Causally Consistent Evenness Measures., Ecology and Evolution.
  3. Pierson, K., 2020, Operationalizing Accounting Reporting in System Dynamics Models, Systems, 8(1), 9..
  4. Thompson, F., Pierson, K., Hand, M. L., & Dothan, M., 2017, Is a Good Normative Model of Public Spending Run Backward a Good Positive Model?, Public Budgeting & Finance, 37(2), 35-57..
  5. Pierson, K., & Blanc, T., 2016, The Operational Determinants of Utility Pole Decay and Optimal Replacement in the Pacific Northwest., IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, 31 (5), 2223 - 2230..
  6. Pierson, K., & Thompson, F., 2016, How You Buy Affects What You Get: Technology Acquisition by State Governments., Government Information Quarterly, 33 (3), 494–505.
  7. Thompson, F., Pierson, K., Walker, R, 2016, Property Tax Fairness in Multnomah County, Oregon., California Journal of Politics and Policy, 8 (2).
  8. Pierson, K., Hand, M.L., & Thompson, F., 2015, The Government Finance Database: A Common Resource for Quantitative Research in Public Financial Analysis, PLoS ONE, 10 (6): e0130119.
  9. Hand, M. L., Pierson, K., & Thompson, F., 2015, A Replication Study of “Why Do Cities Hoard Cash?" (The Accounting Review 2009)., Public Finance Review, 44(5), 681-687.
  10. Claus, L., Maletz, S., Casoinic, D., & Pierson, K., 2015, Social Capital and Cultural Adjustment of International Assignees in NGOs: Do Ego Networks Really Matter?, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26 (20), 2523-2542..
  11. Pierson, K., Addona, V., & Yates, P, 2014, A Behavioural Dynamic Model of the Relative Age Effect., Journal of Sports Sciences, 32 (8), 776-84,.
  12. Pierson, K., & Sterman, J. D., 2013, Cyclical Dynamics of Airline Industry Earnings., System Dynamics Review, 29 (3), 129-156..
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