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    (Kristínartindar and Skaftafellsjökull, Iceland)

    Philipp Denter
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of St.Gallen

    You can find a PDF of my CV here.

    Research Interests
    Microeconomics, Contest and Auction Theory, Political Economy, Conflict, Economics and Psychology

    Contact information
    Varnbüelstrasse 19
    CH-9000 St. Gallen, Room 34-306
    Phone: +41 71 224 2987
    Email: philipp.denter [at] unisg.ch

    (on the summit of Mt. Kristinartindar)

    About me

    I am a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Economics and Political Science (SEPS) of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, from where I also obtained my PhD. Prior to moving to St. Gallen, I obtained an undegraduate degree in economics (Diplom-Volkswirt, equivalent to MSc economics) from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. My current research is mainly in the field of political economy
    and contest theory. I am particularly interested in candidate behavior in political campaigns, transparency laws for lobbyists, violent conflict, and dynamics in tournament models.

    During June 2014, I will be a visiting researcher at IAAEU Trier.

    I will join the department of economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as an assistant professor, starting September 2014.


    "Die Praxis sollte das Ergebnis des Nachdenkens sein, nicht umgekehrt." (Hermann Hesse)

    (Practice should be based upon contemplation, not vice versa)

    You can access most of my papers via SSRN and RePEc.

    Publications in refereed journals:

    Working Papers:

    • Do Polls Create Momentum in Political Competition? (with Dana Sisak), EPSA 2013 Annual General Conference Paper 23; University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science Discussion Paper #1326; Tinbergeben Institute Discussion Paper #2013-169/VII. Current version: June 2014. Status: Submitted.

    Work in Progress (titles are tentative):

    • A Model of Attribute Advertising
    • Fundraising and Momentum in Political Competition (with Dana Sisak)
    • Social Identities and Voting (with Mario Mechtel)
    • Political Competition in Proportional Electoral Systems
    • Dynamics in the All-pay Auction with Complete Information
    • Head starts in tournaments? (with Dana Sisak)
    • We hate it when our friends become successful: Self-evaluation maintenance in contests
    • A Two Stage Model of Electoral Competition


    My teaching interests are in microeconomics, game theory, political economy, public economics, and managerial economics.

    I am currently teaching the course Microeconomics II (BA, joint with Catherine Roux) and I give tutorials for the course Economics A (BA), both at the University of St. Gallen. For the course Economics A I wrote a book chapter 'Introduction to Game Theory' which can be found here


    University of St. Gallen

    University of California, Irvine

    University of California, Berkeley

    -College Admission and the Stability of Marriage by David Gale and Lloyd Shapley
    -Efficient Mechanisms for Bilateral Trading by Roger Myerson and Mark Satterthwaite
    -Feigning Weakness by Branislav Slantchev
    -Irrelevant events affect voters' evaluations of government performance by Andrew Healy, Neil Malhotra, and Cecilia Hyunjung Mo

    Stuff on the web:

    -A Chronology of Game Theory
    -Tournaments, Contests, and Relative Performance Evaluation
    -Cheap Talk (Blog)
    -European Association of Young Economists
    -The Monkey Cage (Blog)
    -A Fine Theorem (Blog)
    -PhD Comics
    -Zonal marking (football tactics)
    -Spielverlagerung (football tactics in German)