I am a Postdoc at the School of Economics and Political Science of the University of St. Gallen.

I mainly do research in applied microeconomic theory, with a focus on contract theory and dynamic contests. I am also interested in the structural estimation of auctions.

My email is samuel.haefner[at]unisg.ch.

You find my CV here.


Sorting in Iterated Incumbency Contests (with Georg Nöldeke). Economic Theory, forthcoming. [link].

Stable Biased Sampling. Games and Economic Behavior, 107, 2018, pp. 109-122. [link]

A Tug-of-War Team Contest. Games and Economic Behavior, 104, 2017, pp. 372-391. [link]

Payoff Shares in Two-Player Contests (with Georg Nöldeke). Games, Volume 7(3), 2016, p. 25. [link]

Current Research

On Young Turks and Yes Men: Optimal Contracting for Advice (with Curtis Taylor). First Version: August 2018. Latest Version: September 2019. SSRN.

Determining Risk Aversion in Share Auctions. First Version: May 2019. Latest Version: July 2019. SSRN.

Domestic Purchase Requirement (with Yvan Lengwiler). First Version: November 2018. Latest Version: May 2019. SSRN.

Eternal Peace in the Tug-of-War? (with Kai A. Konrad). Working Paper of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance No. 2016-09. SSRN.