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


"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]

Working Papers

"Competitive Information Disclosure to an Auctioneer" (with Stefan Terstiege, 2021), accepted for publication in the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics.

"Signaling in Auctions among Competitors" (with Benedikt von Scarpatetti, 2010).