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Department of Economics

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester CO4 3SQ

United Kingdom

Phone : +44 1206-87-3417

E-mail: fr.mengel :-) gmail.com

I am a Professor of Economics at the University of Essex and a Visiting Guest Professor at the University of Heidelberg. Much of my research is on (Evolutionary) Game Theory and Learning with a particular interest in learning across games and categorization as well as models of (bounded) rationality more generally. Another focus of my research is the study of behaviour in social networks and the emergence of social norms. I also work on social identity, the formation of preferences and discrimination. I received an ERC Starting grant in 2018 for my work on Opinion Dynamics. A webpage for the grant can be found here.

I teach (or have been teaching) courses on Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Mathematics and Behavioural Economics. More information about teaching can be found on the webpage of the Department of Economics. We created an MSc in Behavioural Economics at Essex. Information can be found here.

Current Working Papers/ Work in Progress


  • Diversity in Committees, joint with N. Hughes and Z. UH Khan.
  • Performance Thresholds, Effort and Risk-Taking, joint with P. Campos-Mercade, S. Currarini and C. Marchiori.

Publications (by topic, for chronological list see CV)

Learning in Networks

Learning Across Games, Categorization and Behavioural Spillovers

Social Identity and Discrimination

[Media: The Economist, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Times Higher Education, IZA Newsroom]

Learning and Strategies in Repeated Games

Evolution of Cooperation: Social Structure and Social Networks

Covid 19, WFH

[Media: The Economist I, The Economist II, The Economist III, Time Magazine, Financial Times I, Financial Times II, Financial Times III, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, BBC, Wirtschaftswoche, Wired, Le Nouvel Economiste, Diario Financiero Chile, Hong Kong Economic Times, Radio Suffolk, New York Post, GQ Magazine; Blogs/Podcasts: marginalrevolution, money for the rest of us,...]

Other: Behavioural Economics, Political Economy, Learning;

  • Preferences for Redistribution (joint with E. Weidenholzer), Journal of Economic Surveys, in press.
  • Benchmarking Information Aggregation in Experimental Markets (joint with A. Albertazzi and R. Peeters), Economic Inquiry 59(4) (2021), 1500-1516. [Code and Replication Data]
  • Do Markets Encourage Risk Seeking Behaviour?, (joint with R. Peeters), European Journal of Finance (WEHIA special issue), in press.
  • Common Value Elections with Informative Priors- Theory and Evidence (joint with J. Rivas), Games and Economic Behavior 104 (2017), 190-221. [Data] [Media: The Conversation]
  • Past Experience of Uncertainty Affects Risk Preferences (joint with E. Tsakas and A. Vostroknutov), Experimental Economics 19(1), (2016), 151-176. (Supplementary Material); [Data] [Blogs: Plaintext]
  • An Axiomatization of Simple Learning Rules when Counterfactuals are not observed (joint with J. Rivas), BE-Journal of Theoretical Economics 12, (2012).
  • Let me sleep on it: Delay reduces Rejection Rates in Ultimatum Games (joint with V. Grimm), Economics Letters 111(2), (2011), 113-115. [Data]; [Media: Scientific American; Il Sole 24 Ore; Blogs: Muriel Niederle's Exp Econ, Kevin Lewis' National Affairs, Stirling Beh. Science Group.]
  • An Evolutionary Analysis of Buyer Insurance and Seller Reputation in Online Markets, (joint with W. Güth and A. Ockenfels), Theory and Decision 63(3) (2007), 265-282.

Book chapters and Surveys

  • Explaining Variation in Cooperative Behavior – Perspectives from the Economics Literature (joint with J. Van der Weele), In: Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, ed. L-A. Giraldeau, P. Heeb, and M. Kosfeld. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 21, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, May 2017.
  • The Ecological and Economic Conditions of Parasitic Strategies (joint with M. Burton-Chellew, A. Kacelnik, M. Arbilly, M. Dos Santos, K.J. Mathot, J. Mc Namara, J. Van der Weele and B. Vollan), In: Investors and Exploiters in Ecology and Economics: Principles and Applications, ed. L-A. Giraldeau, P. Heeb, and M. Kosfeld. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 21, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, May 2017.
  • Investment Incentives in Auctions: An Experiment ( joint with V. Grimm, G. Ponti and L.A. Viianto) in Experimental Economics for Competition Policies, Hinloopen and Normann (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2008

Teaching

I teach (or have been teaching) courses on Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Evolutionary Game Theory and Mathematics, Behavioural Economics, Cognitive Psychology and Economics as well as a summer module on Experimental Economics. More information about teaching can be found on the webpage of the Department of Economics.

Links and More

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