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The Economic Theory group joins together researchers who use rigorous theoretical analysis to make significant contributions in all areas of economics. Group members have published in top Economics journals such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Monetary Economics, European Economic Review, Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economics Behavior & Organization.

Faculty Staff


Subhasish Modak ChowdhuryDr. Subhasish Modak Chowdhury’s research focuses on the various applications of microeconomic theory with a special emphasis on contest theory. Contest theory investigates situations in which individuals or groups expend costly resources in order to win some reward. This reflects real life situations such as sports, electoral contests, litigation, rent-seeking among others. In consequence, Subhasish uses both theoretical and applied methods to analyse issues in public economics, political economy, sports economics. Currently he is involved analysing diversified issues such Turf-wars, sabotage, and energy conservation competition.

Corrado DiMariaDr. Corrado Di Maria has broad research interests that span the economics of growth and development, environmental and natural resource economics, energy economics and the economics of technological change. The key feature of his work is an emphasis on policy relevance. Corrado’s most recent research covers several aspects of the interaction between environmental policy and natural resource use, the taxation of exhaustible resources, emissions trading schemes and their efficiency-promoting features, the role of skills in the process of economic growth, and environmental policy in the presence of directed technological change.

Professor Enrique Fatas does interdisciplinary research in public economics, organisational behaviour, the political economy of conflict and behavioural game theory. He is interested in understanding and modelling human behaviour through bounded rationality models in strategic contexts. He is right now developing new models of norm compliance, cognitive hierarchies, and an equilibrium approach to money illusion.

Emiliya LazarovaDr. Emiliya Lazarova is a game theorist whose research focuses on group formation, matching, and collective decision-making and pays a particular attention to institutional design.


Dr. Ben McQuillin is a game-theorist and microeconomist, with interests in cooperative game theory, social choice theory, and non-cooperative models of coalition formation. In particular, his research entails the (positive and normative) analysis of situations in which economic agents, by cooperating, induce both surpluses and externalities.

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Dr. Amrish Patel is a game theorist specialising in psychological game theory. His research develops models to identify the strategic implications of belief-dependent preferences such as reciprocity concerns and status-seeking.


Arnold Polanski

Dr. Arnold Polanski's research interests are mainly in socio-economic networks, bargaining theory and financial and industrial economics, but he occasionally ventures onto other areas.


Professor Robert Sugden uses theory to explore alternatives to standard rational-choice approaches to descriptive and normative economics, for example in relation to: choice under uncertainty, team reasoning, focal points, the evolution of conventions and norms, and reconciling normative and behavioural economics.

Theodore TurocyProfessor Theodore Turocy’s research focuses on modelling how people perceive and behave in strategic situations, including applications in auctions, the provision of public goods, contests, network formation, and sport. He is the lead developer of Gambit, a widely-used software package for the computational analysis in game theory.

Dr. Simone Valente is a Reader at the School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economic Theory and Institutions from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Before joining UEA, Simone was a Research Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a Lecturer at ETH Zurich. His research interests include growth theory and dynamic macroeconomics, international trade and development, sustainability and intergenerational distribution, status-dependent preferences.

Research Students

Hanane Abouelkheir PhotoHanane Abouelkeir is a research student working in the area of dynamic matching problems


Paul Gorny is a research student. The tentative title of his thesis is "The Interplay of identity and Conflict"

David Jones PhotoDavid Jones is a research student whose thesis is provisionally titled "Finance and Growth in Developing Countries"


Anwesha Mukherjee is a research student. Her main area of research is contest theory, with a particular focus on experimental investigation of individual behaviour in competitive situations.


Lina Restrepo Plaza is a research student, studying the interaction of behavioural determinants and political economy, specifically how context and institutions affect individuals’ decision-making processes. She is working on how the experience of power affects individuals’ demeanour – the institutions that foster societies governance, cross cultural differences of the effect of leaders on team performance, causes of violent conflict, the effect of conflict exposure on the value of political rights, and other-regarding preferences, institutions that support or undermine teams versus individuals’ performance in coordination tasks, and the effect of drug deterrence policies on the dynamic of narco-traffic networks.

Antonios Staras PortraitAntonis Staras is a research student working on rational choice, with a particular interest in individual reasoning. He uses both theory and philosophical methods.