Maroš Servátka

Professor of Economics & Director, MGSM Experimental Economics Laboratory

Macquarie Business School, Sydney, Australia

Email: maros.servatka [at] mgsm.edu.au Linkedin

Maroš Servátka is a Professor of Economics at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, which is Australia’s leading graduate business school. Maroš served as the Economics Discipline Leader at MGSM in 2015-2018. He is the Founding Director of the MGSM Vernon L. Smith Experimental Economics Laboratory and the Founder and a former President of the Slovak Economic Association. Maroš previously held an Associate Professor position at University of Canterbury where he was also the Director of the New Zealand Experimental Economics Laboratory. He has been awarded national and international competitive grants and his research has been published in leading economics and management journals. Maroš is the recipient of the 2019 Ronald Coase Institute Outstanding Achievement Award and 2021 Macquarie Excellence in Research Award.

Maroš specializes in experimental and behavioral economics and has experience consulting to industry, government & non-profit organizations on behavioral approaches and solutions. He has conducted research in the area of charitable giving in order to help charities to raise funds and provided behavioral insights to businesses on market strategy, customer service, and project planning. He has advised government agencies on behavioral public policy issues, studied matching algorithms used by stock exchanges, and explored governance structures of firms and employee behavior to provide managerial recommendations. He teaches his MBA students to apply experimentation in their organizations to learn what works but also what does not.

Working papers

"Honesty in the City," with Martin Dufwenberg, Jorge Tarrasó, and Radovan Vadovič [download] -- R&R at Games & Economic Behavior

"Hidden Inefficiency: Strategic Inflation of Project Schedules," with Matej Lorko, and Le Zhang [download]

"Time Costs and Search Behavior," with Annie Hsiao, Simon Kemp, Matt Ward, and Le Zhang [download]

"Promotions and Group Identity" with Michal Ďuriník, Hodaka Morita, and Le Zhang


Selected publications


Improving the Accuracy of Project Schedules (with Matej Lorko and Le Zhang)

Production & Operations Management, 30, 2021, 1633-1646. [download] [working paper]


Attainment of Equilibrium via Marshallian Path Adjustment: Queueing and Buyer Determinism (with Sean Collins, Duncan James & Radovan Vadovič)

Games & Economic Behavior, 125, 2021, 94-106. [download] [working paper] [supplementary material]


Designing Call Auction Institutions to Eliminate Price Bubbles: Is English Dutch the Best? (with Cary Deck & Steven Tucker)

American Economic Review: Insights, 2(2), 2020, 225-236. [download] [working paper] [online appendix] [data]


Nice to You, Even Nicer to Me: Does Self-Serving Generosity Diminish Reciprocal Behavior? (with Daniel Woods)

Experimental Economics, 22, 2019, 506-529. [download] [supplementary material]


Price-Setting and Attainment of Equilibrium: Posted Offers Versus An Administered Price (with Sean Collins, Duncan James & Daniel Woods)

Games & Economic Behavior, 106, 2017, 277-293. [download] [online appendix]


Honesty and Informal Agreements (with M. Dufwenberg and R. 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 & Radovan Vadovič)

Experimental Economics, 20, 2017, 1-18. [lead article] [download]


Transaction Costs, the Opportunity Cost of Time and Procrastination in Charitable Giving (with Stephen Knowles)

Journal of Public Economics, 125, 2015, 54-63. [download]


An Examination of the Effect of Messages on Cooperation under Double-Blind and Single-Blind Payoff Procedures (with Cary Deck & 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, 2013, 95-109. [download]


Gender and Generosity: Does Degree of Anonymity or Group Gender Composition Matter? (with C. Bram Cadsby & Fei Song)

Experimental Economics, 13, 2010, 299-308. [download]


Saliency of Outside Options in the Lost Wallet Game (with James C. Cox & Radovan Vadovič)

Experimental Economics, 13, 2010, 66–74. [download]


Separating Reputation, Social Influence, and Identification Effects in a Dictator Game

European Economic Review, 53, 2009, 197-209. [download]



Current grants


Increasing the Efficiency of Voluntary Donations (with Zuzana Brokešová, Matej Lorko, Jana Péliová & Robert Slonim)

Slovak Research and Development Agency, APVV-19-0573, 2020-2024


Unintended Consequences of Promotions in Organizations (with Barbora Baisa & Jiří Špálek)

Czech Science Foundation, GAČR20-12863S, 2020-2022


Natural-Resource Windfalls and Demands for Government Accountability (with Alex James & James Murphy)

International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE), 2019-2020


University of Alaska Anchorage Lecture Series on Experimental Economics and Philanthropy (with James Murphy)

International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE) and Rasmuson Foundation, 2018-2020


Experiments on Blood and Plasma Donations (with Martina Fehérová & Jana Péliová), Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, 2018-2019



Selected consulting


National project of disease prevention, Ministry of Health, Slovakia, 2019-2020


Whole blood and plasma collection, National Transfusion Service, Slovakia, 2018-2019


Budget execution and underspending, New South Wales Department of Premier & Cabinet, Behavioral Insights Unit, Australia, 2017