Maroš Servátka
Professor of Economics
Director of MGSM Experimental Economics Laboratory
Macquarie Graduate School of Management
Sydney, Australia

Email: maros.servatka [at]

Webpage at MGSM

Research profile



What makes people be kind

Nicer to you, nicer to me: Research finds generous acts are rewarded, regardless of intent

The financial cost of opportunity lost

No deadlines key to charity success

Economics team studying workers' comparing wages

Giving to charity but only if you have time

How a 'nurturing nature' holds some women back

Women who see themselves as warm, supportive tend to compete less in workplace

Doing it for the team: new insights into group identity

Women can face identity conflicts in the workplace

Research looks at responses to generous actions

What if we could increase trust and trustworthiness?

Working papers

"Deadlines, Procrastination, and Forgetting in Charitable Tasks: A Field Experiment," with Stephen Knowles, Trudy Sullivan, and Murat Genç, 2017 [download] -- revise & resubmit at Economic Inquiry

"Rank-Order Competition in the Voluntary Provision of Impure Public Goods," with Andrej Angelovski and Tibor Neugebauer, 2017 [download] -- revise & resubmit at Economic Inquiry

"Variations in Price Formation," with Sean Collins, Duncan James, and Radovan Vadovič, 2018


"Investment in Outside Options as Opportunistic Behavior: An Experimental Investigation," (with Hodaka Morita), conditionally accepted at Southern Economic Journal.  [download]

"How Do Experiments Inform Collective Action Research?" in C. Ménard and M. Shirley eds., Research Agenda for New Institutional Economics, Edward Elgar Publishers, forthcoming. [download]

"Nice to You, Even Nicer to Me: Does Self-Serving Generosity Diminish Reciprocal Behavior?" (with Daniel Woods), Experimental Economics, forthcoming. [download] [supplementary material]

"Price-Setting and Attainment of Equilibrium: Posted Offers Versus an Administered Price," (with Sean Collins, Duncan James, and Daniel Woods), Games & Economic Behavior, 106, 2017, 277-293. [download] [online appendix]

"Honesty and Informal Agreements," (with Martin Dufwenberg and Radovan Vadovič), Games & Economic Behavior, 102, 2017, 269-285. [download] [square deal?]

"Status Quo Effects in Fairness Games: Reciprocal Responses to Acts of Commission vs. Acts of Omission," (with James C. Cox and Radovan Vadovič), Experimental Economics, 20, 2017, 1-18. [lead article] [download]

"Testing Psychological Forward Induction and the Updating of Beliefs in the Lost Wallet Game," (with Daniel Woods), Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 2016, 116-125. [download

"Does Group Identity Prevent Inefficient Investment in Outside Options? An Experimental Investigation," (with Hodaka Morita), in S.J. Goerg and J. Hamman eds., Research in Experimental Economics: Experiments in Organizational Economics, 19, 2016, 105-127. [download] [online appendix]

"The Anticipatory Effect of Nonverbal Communication," (with Rebecca Brook), Economics Letters, 144, 2016, 45-48. [download] [online appendix]

"Transaction Costs, the Opportunity Cost of Time and Procrastination in Charitable Giving," (with Stephen Knowles), Journal of Public Economics, 125, 2015, 54-63. [download]

"The House Money Effect and Negative Reciprocity," (with Katarína Danková), Journal of Economic Psychology, 48, 2015, 60-71. [download]

"How Competitive are Female Professionals? A Tale of Identity Conflict," (with Bram Cadsby and Fei Song), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 92, 2013, 284-303. [download]

“An Examination of the Effect of Messages on Cooperation under Double-Blind and Single-Blind Payoff Procedures,” (with Cary Deck and Steven Tucker), Experimental Economics, 16, 2013, 597–607. [download]

"Group Identity and Relation-Specific Investment: An Experimental Investigation," (with Hodaka Morita), European Economic Review, 58(2), 2013, 95-109. [download]

"Building Trust – One Gift at a Time," (with Steven Tucker and Radovan Vadovič), Games, 2(4), 2011, 412-433. Special Issue on Fairness in Games. [download]

"Words Speak Louder Than Money," (with Steven Tucker and Radovan Vadovič), Journal of Economic Psychology, 32(5), 2011, 700–709. [download]

“Understanding Credit Risk: A Classroom Experiment,” (with George Theocharides), Journal of Economic Education, 42(1), 2011, 79-86. [download] [appendix] [supplementary material]

“Gender and Generosity: Does Degree of Anonymity or Group Gender Composition Matter?” (with C. Bram Cadsby and Fei Song), Experimental Economics, 13(3), 2010, 299-308. [download]

“Saliency of Outside Options in the Lost Wallet Game,” (with James C. Cox and Radovan Vadovič), Experimental Economics, 13(1), 2010, 66–74. [download]

“Does Generosity Generate Generosity? An Experimental Study of Reputation Effects in a Dictator Game,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 39(1), 2010, 11-17. [download]

“Unequal Outside Options in the Lost Wallet Game,” (with Radovan Vadovič), Economics Bulletin, 29(4), 2009, 1-14. [download]

“Separating Reputation, Social Influence, and Identification Effects in a Dictator Game,” European Economic Review, 53(2), 2009, 197-209. [download]

“Vertical Integration of Successive Monopolists: A Classroom Experiment,” (with Narine Badasyan, Jacob K. Goeree, Monica Hartmann, Charles Holt, John Morgan, and Dirk Yandell), Perspectives on Economic Education Research, 5(1), 2009. [download] [Veconlab experiment]

“Experiments on Fairness and Reputation: Dissertation Abstract,” Experimental Economics, 10(2), 2007, 199-200. [download]