I am an Assistant Professor of Agribusiness and Experimental Economics in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University. 

In general, my research focuses on understanding behavioral aspects of economic decision-making, incorporating biometric process-data into economic models, improving predictions of decision outcomes by utilizing Machine Learning tools, and using applied econometric methods to answer policy-centered empirical question. 

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[7] Palma, M. A., Huseynov, S., & Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr. “Health versus the Economy Amid COVID-19: What Do People Value More?Plos One 17.5 (2022): e0267004.

[6] Huseynov, S., Palma, M. A., & Ahmad, G. “Does the magnitude of relative calorie distance affect food consumption?” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 188 (2021): 530-551.

[5] Huseynov, S., & Palma, M. A. “Food decision-making under time pressure.” Food Quality and Preference 88 (2021): 104072.

[4] Huseynov, S., Palma, M. A. & Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr. “General Public Preferences for Allocating Scarce Medical Resources During COVID-19. Frontiers in Public Health. 8:587423. doi: 10.3389 

[3] Huseynov, S., Kassas, B., Segovia, M. S., & Palma, M. A. “Incorporating biometric data in models of consumer choice.Applied Economics, 51, no. 14 (2019): 1514-1531. 

[2] Huseynov, S. & Palma, M. A. “Does California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standards reduce carbon dioxide emissions?Plos One, 13, no. 9 (2018): e0203167. 

[1] Ng, D., Aragon, L., and Huseynov, S. “Seek and you shall find: The role of exploitive and explorative search in a biotechnology firm’s patent claims.International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, 22, no. 1030-2019-1646 (2018): 321-337.

Working Papers:

Temptation and Choice Inconsistency (with Ghufran Ahmad, Marco A. Palma, and Rodolfo Nayga) (Submitted)

Distributional Effects of Price Salience on Reservation Wages and Food Choices (with Marco Palma and Michelle Segovia) (Submitted)

The Mental Burden of Stay-At-Home Order Extensions due to COVID-19 (with Michelle Segovia, Marco A. Palma, and Rodolfo Nayga) (Submitted)

Public or Private Funding of Controversial Technologies: The Case of Gene-Editing (with Jennifer Kee, Marco A. Palma, Jayson Lusk, and Vincenzina Caputo) (Submitted)

Predicting the Highway Costs Index with Machine Learning (with Luis Ribera and Marco Palma).


  • Social Comparison and Financial Assets Choices (with Wanqi Liang and Fariz Huseynov) 
  • The Role of Optimism Bias in Price Expectations (with Mykel Taylor and Charlie Martinez)
  • The impact of COVID-19 on educational outcomes (with Zahra Murad) 
  • Convexity of Self-Control Cost (with Marco Palma and Alex Brown) 
  • Temptation and Dynamic Food Preference Inconsistency (with Sivashankar Pathmanathan and Joshua Duke)

My email: szh0158 at auburn.edu; My Twitter handle: @huseynovecon