Gil Hersch


Gil Hersch

Postdoctoral Fellow


224 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061



Department Membership



  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics (Business Ethics, Bioethics)

Professional Activities

  • Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy
  • Coming Home Dialogues
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Society


  • Ph.D. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
  • M.A. Philosophy, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    Warren & Sylvia Samuels Young Scholar Award, History of Economic Thought Society (2016)

    Graduate Fellowship, Department of Philosophy, UC San Diego (2014)

    UC San Diego Friends Scholarship Award (2011)

    Selected Publications


    “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

    “The Narrowed Domain of Disagreement for Well-Being Policy” Public Affairs Quarterly, 31(4), 2017

    “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

    Additional Information

    For further information, please visit Gil Hersch’s personal website.