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 uses game theory and experiments to explore topics in behavioral economics. He currently works on how to incorporate emotions and other forms of belief-dependent motivations into economic analysis using an analytical framework called psychological game theory.


  • ECON 440 Behavioral Game Theory
  • ECON 696B Behavioral Economics

Some Recent Work

  • “Belief-Dependent Motivations and Psychological Game Theory” (with Pierpaolo Battigalli), Journal of Economic Literature, forthcoming
  • Tra i Leoni: Revealing the Preferences Behind a Superstition” (with Giovanna Invernizzi, Joshua Miller, Tommaso Coen & Luiz Oliveira), Journal of Economic Psychology, forthcoming.
  • “Social Norms with Private Values: Theory & Experiments” (with Giovanna d’Adda, Francesco Passarelli & Guido Tabellini, Games & Economic Behavior, 2020
  • “Sealed Envelope Submissions Foster Research Integrity” (with Peter Martinsson), Revue économique, 2019
  • "Frustration & Anger in Games" (with Pierpaolo Battigalli & Alec Smith), Games and Economic Behavior, 2019
  • “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

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