Martin Dufwenberg

Economics Department Head

Eller Professor of Economics

Director, Institute for Behavioral Economics

Martin Dufwenberg

McClelland Hall 401N
1130 East Helen Street 
P.O. Box 210108 
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108 

Areas of Expertise

  • Game theory
  • Experiments
  • Behavioral economics


PhD in Economics, Uppsala University, 1995

Martin Dufwenberg joined the Eller College of Management in 2003 and previously taught at Uppsala University, Stockholm University and Bocconi University. He earned his PhD in Economics from Uppsala University in 1995. He was appointed Department Head of Economics in 2020. His research focuses on game theory to explore topics in behavioral economics. He currently works on informal agreements and how to incorporate emotions into economic analysis.

Some Recent Work

  • “Sealed Envelope Submissions Foster Research Integrity” (with Peter Martinsson), Revue économique, forthcoming
  • "Frustration & Anger in Games" (with P. Battigalli and A. Smith), Games and Economic Behavior, forthcoming
  • “Modeling Belief-Dependent Motivation in Games” (with Pierpaolo Battigalli & Roberto Corrao), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming
  • “Modelling Kindness” (with Georg Kirchsteiger), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming
  • “Promises, Expectations & Causation” (with Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, Stefano Papa & Francesco Passarelli,  Games and Economic Behavior, 2019
  • “Lies in Disguise – A Theoretical Analysis of Cheating” (with Martin A. Dufwenberg), Journal of Economic Theory, 2018
  • “King of the Hill: Giving Backward Induction its Best Shot” (with Matt Van Essen) Games and Economic Behavior, 2018.
  • “Agreements with Reciprocity: Co-Financing and MOUs” (with Dooseok Jang and Amrish Patel), Games and Economic Behavior, 2018.

Selected Publications

  • “Triangulating the Neural, Psychological, and Economic Bases of Guilt Aversion” (with Luke Chang, Alec Smith & Alan Sanfey),  Neuron, 2011
  • “Participation” (with Gary Charness), American Economic Review, 2011
  • “Dynamic Psychological Games” (with Pierpaolo Battigalli), Journal of Economic Theory, 2009
  • “Promises & Partnership" (with Gary Charness), Econometrica, 2006
  • “Bubbles & Experience: An Experiment” (with Tobias Lindqvist & Evan Moore), American Economic Review, 2005
  • “A Theory of Sequential Reciprocity” (with Georg Kirchsteiger), Games and Economic Behavior, 2004
  • “Existence & Uniqueness of Maximal Reductions under Iterated Strict Dominance” (with Mark Stegeman), Econometrica, 2002