Cédric Wasser

I am a lecturer and research associate at the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel where I am a member of the Microeconomic Theory group. I do research in applied microeconomic theory, in particular in market and mechanism design, information design, and contest theory.

In the past, I was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bonn (2013-19), an interim professor at the University of Mannheim (2018), and a (post-)doctoral researcher at Humboldt University of Berlin (2009-12). I obtained my PhD in economics from the University of Basel in 2010.

Contact information

  • email: c.wasser@unibas.ch

  • tel: +41 61 207 32 29

  • mailing address: Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Basel, Peter Merian-Weg 6, 4002 Basel, Switzerland


"Efficient Resolution of Partnership Disputes" (with Daniel Fershtman and Béla Szabadi), accepted for publication at the RAND Journal of Economics.

"Competitive Information Disclosure to an Auctioneer" (with Stefan Terstiege), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 14(3), 622-664, August 2022. [link] [ssrn]

"Buyer-Optimal Extensionproof Information" (with Stefan Terstiege), Journal of Economic Theory, 188, 105070, July 2020. [link] [ssrn]

"Optimal Structure and Dissolution of Partnerships" (with Simon Loertscher), Theoretical Economics, 14(3), 1063-1114, July 2019. [link]

"Optimal Favoritism in All-Pay Auctions and Lottery Contests" (with Jörg Franke and Wolfgang Leininger), European Economic Review, 104, 22-37, May 2018. [link] [cesifo]

"On Optimal Head Starts in All-Pay Auctions" (with Christian Seel), Economics Letters, 124(2), 211-214, August 2014. [link] [ssrn]

"Bilateral k+1-price Auctions with Asymmetric Shares and Values," Games and Economic Behavior, 82, 350-368, November 2013. [link] [ssrn]

"A Note on Bayesian Nash Equilibria in Imperfectly Discriminating Contests," Mathematical Social Sciences, 66(2), 180-182, September 2013. [link] [ssrn]

"Incomplete Information in Rent-seeking Contests," Economic Theory, 53(1), 239-268, May 2013. [link] [ssrn]