Weekly Seminar: Theo Offerman, “Fight or Flight” (joint work with Boris van Leeuwen and Jeroen van de Ven) (December 15th, 2016)

theo-1 When two players compete for a prize, they sometimes try to act as quickly as possible.  At other times, they wait and see if the other person chooses to flee first.  We study this interaction in the context of a dynamic fight-or-flight game.  At each moment, a player can decide to wait, flee or fight.  Players are privately informed about their strengths, which in case of a battle determine who wins the prize.  In the case that one player flees and manages to escape, the other player earns the prize plus a “chase-away value”.  We show that the chase-away value determines if fights occur immediately or only after a waiting period.  In cases where the chase-away value is positive but not too large, players can use time to learn something about the type of the opponent, as the weaker players may find it advantageous to flee earlier in the game.  Weaker players thereby avoid the risk of ending up in a fight.  We derive conditions under which this is the case, and test this experimentally in the lab.  Our findings support the idea that endogenous timing can reduce the likelihood of a fight compared to a static version of the game (where players decide simultaneously whether to fight or flee).  We also observe many fights early on in the game, even if strong players would benefit from waiting.

Weekly Seminar: Emanuel Vespa, “Contingent Preferences and the Sure-Thing Principle: Revisiting Classic Anomalies in the Laboratory” (December 1st, 2016)

Emanuel Vespa is an experimental economist who studies behavior in economic environments using laboratory data. Most of his research is on dynamic games and on contingent thinking. Emanuel joined the faculty at the University of California Santa Barbara after earning his Ph.D. from New York University in 2012. He is currently visiting Stanford University for the academic year.

Weekly Seminar: Joshua Miller, “Surprised by the Gambler’s and Hot Hand Fallacies? A Truth in the Law of Small Numbers,” (joint with Adam Sanjurjo) November 17th, 2016


Joshua B. Miller’s research combines both theory and experiments.  He has written papers on blame, accountability, and the perception of social risk.  Recently he has been working on projects relating to probabilistic and causal beliefs, and how they are reflected in individual decision making, games, and markets.  Joshua earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2009.  He is an assistant professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Weekly Seminar: Attila Ambrus, “Experiments on Spatial Bargaining” (joint work with Ben Greiner) (November 3rd, 2016)

attila-ambrusAttila Ambrus is a Professor of Economics at Duke University, and a Research Economist at the NBER.  His research spans across topics in microeconomic theory, game theory, experimental economics, political economy and development economics, and include bargaining, strategic communication and delegation, group decision-making, coalition formation, and risk-sharing arrangements on social networks.  Dr. Ambrus serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, the International Journal of Game Theory, and the Review of Economic Design.  He received his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University, and his B.A. at the Budapest University of Economics.

Weekly Seminar: Paul J. Healy, “Epistemic Experiments: Utility Elicitation and Irrational Play” (Oct 20, 2016)

P.J. HealyWe would like to announce that Paul J. Healy will be giving the next talk in our fall 2016 weekly seminar series, on October 20, 2016. In this talk P.J. will be discussing his paper,“Epistemic Experiments: Utility Elicitation and Irrational Play”.

P.J. Healy’s research combines both theory and experiments. He has written several papers on implementation and mechanism design, as well as work on repeated games, overconfidence, Bayesian updating, and behavioral game theory. His recent work uses extensive elicitation procedures to measure the thought processes behind strategic decision-making. P.J. earned his PhD from Caltech in 2005. He served as an assistant professor in Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business before moving to Ohio State in 2007.

Weekly Seminar: Ragan Petrie, “Kinks in Rationality” (Oct 6th, 2016)

ragan_petrieWe would like to announce that Ragan Petrie will be giving the second of our fall 2016 weekly seminar series talks, on October 6th, 2016. Her talk is entitled,  “Kinks in Rationality.”

Ragan Petrie is an Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M  University. Her research interests include experimental economics and applied microeconomics, including charitable giving, bargaining and gender. She has published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty.  Dr. Petrie serves as co-editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization as well as an associate editor of the Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.  She received her Ph.D. in Economics and Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and holds a M.P.A. in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in French from the University of Illinois.

Fall 2016 Visiting Researcher: Johannes Leutgeb

Johannes LeutgebWe would like to welcome Johannes Leutgeb, who will be a visiting CESS from September to December 2016. While at CESS Johannes will be furthering his research agenda on long-run learning behavior in competitive environments, stability of cooperation and competition for influence.

Johannes Leutgeb is a research fellow at WZB Berlin and PhD candidate in experimental economics. He holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vienna. His research interests are long-run learning behavior in competitive environments, stability of cooperation and competition for influence.

Fall 2016 Visiting Researcher: Rustamdjan Hakimov


We would like to welcome Rustamdjan Hakimov, who will be visiting CESS from September to December 2016. While at CESS, Rustam is planning to continue his research on experimental comparison of different matching mechanism, and various ways of implementation of the same mechanisms, for instance dynamic versus static versions. Additionally he will conduct research on effects of exogenous beliefs shifts about one’s relative ability on outcomes of centralized labor markets.

Rustamdjan Hakimov is a postdoctoral research fellow at WZB  Social Science Center Berlin. He acquired hi PhD from the Technische Universität Berlin in Summer 2016. His main research interest lays on intersection of behavioral economics and market design, in particular matching markets.


Weekly Seminar: Gregory Leo, “Taking Turns” (Sep 22, 2016)

gregoryleoWe would like to announce that Gregory Leo will be giving the first of our fall 2016 weekly seminar series, on September 22, 2016. He will be discussing his paper, “Taking Turns”.

Gregory Leo uses game theory and experimental methods to study economic problems. Two of his main research projects include studying the coordination dilemmas that arise when the effort of a few people can benefit many and how to efficiently match people into teams or groups in various environments. Gregory joined the faculty at Vanderbilt university in 2015 after earning his PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara.

The talk will be held at the NYU Economics department, in room 517. If you have any questions regarding this talk, or any in our series, please email cess@nyu.edu.

Fall 2016 Visiting Researcher: André Schmelzer

André SchmelzerWe would like to welcome André Schmelzer, who will be a visiting CESS from September to December 2016. While visiting us, André will be working on behaviorally informed auction design.

André is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and a PhD candidate at TU Berlin.
He holds a M.Sc. in economics from Humboldt University of Berlin and a B.A. in philosophy and economics from University of Bayreuth.
His research interests lie in the intersection of behavioral economics and market design.