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  • Thumbnail for For God and country : religious fundamentalism in the U.S. military
    For God and country : religious fundamentalism in the U.S. military by Parco, James E.

    Tension over what constitutes proper religious expression within the United States military has significantly intensified over the past decade. This paper examines and analyzes recent reports and several prominent cases, revealing how religiously motivated behavior has increased over the years and remains either tacitly or overtly endorsed by senior military leaders. In light of increasing religious fundamentalism within the ranks, coupled with a lack of social and political will to affect change, the cultural reticence to hold commanders accountable for inappropriate behavior remains an obstacle. The paper concludes with actionable recommendations.

  • Thumbnail for Resistance to truthful revelation in bargaining : persistent bid shading and the play of dominated strategies
    Resistance to truthful revelation in bargaining : persistent bid shading and the play of dominated strategies by Parco, James E. , Murphy, Ryan O.

    We report results from a simultaneous bilateral bargaining experiment with attention to the effects of a settlement bonus on strategic decision-making behavior. In instances with a sufficiently large settlement bonus, truthful revelation emerges as the dominant strategy. However previous work (Parco and Rapoport, 2004) has experimentally tested this ―Bonus Effect‖ and found that although the presence of a settlement bonus improves efficiency, behavior falls drastically short of the normative predictions. This finding illustrates the persistent tendency of decision makers to bid strategically, i.e. shading their bids, even when truthful revelation is a strictly dominant strategy. Herein we investigate the influence of the framing of information and look for ways to nudge decision makers toward making better choices in these strategic environments. Additional results from an adaptive reinforcement-based learning model are discussed as they relate to a potential innate bias for strategic misrepresentation even when contrary to self-interest and collective-interest.

  • Thumbnail for DDAT, R.I.P. : why the anti-gay policy vanished without ill effects
    DDAT, R.I.P. : why the anti-gay policy vanished without ill effects by Parco, James E. , Levy, David A., 1964-

    Seventeen years after 10 USC 654 banned openly gay service members on the grounds of negative impacts to unit cohesion, military effectiveness, morale, good order and discipline, the United States officially military ended "don't ask, don't tell." During this period, significant evidence emerged from the actions of other western US allies revealing that the biggest story of repeal was no story at all. Remaining quietly behind the public discourse, many political and senior military leaders refused to acknowledge the evidence that ran contrary to the fundamental arguments set forth in the current policy. The most notable effect is a persistent gap between the martial masculine values inherent in military culture and the evolving attitudes towards the society that pays the bills. Although DADT repeal has been treated as a policy issue, the reality is that until military leaders acknowledge it as a leadership issue, inequity between the demographics within the armed forces will persist.

  • Thumbnail for The Colorado College Investment Club annual report 2011-2012
    The Colorado College Investment Club annual report 2011-2012 by Post, Jayson , Ward, Daniel , Collins, Spencer , Greenspan, Eli , Parco, James E.

    "The Colorado College Investment Club was established in December of 2003 and was entrusted with the management of the Investment Club’s own portfolio. This portfolio was funded through the generosity of private investors...The Investment Club is a student run organization that educates members about the financial markets, investing, and portfolio management."--p. 3