Martin Dufwenberg

Martin Dufwenberg

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

Behavioral economics
Game theory

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

  • "Honesty in the City" (with Paul Feldman, Maros Servatka, Jorge Tarraso & Rado Vadovic),  Games & Economic Behavior, 2023
  • "Promises or Agreements? Moral Commitments in Bilateral Communication" (with Giovanni Di Bartolomeo, Stefano Papa & Francesco Passarelli), Economics Letters, 2023
  • “Belief-Dependent Motivations and Psychological Game Theory” (with Pierpaolo Battigalli), Journal of Economic Literature, 2022
  • "Mean Markets or Kind Commerce” (with Olof Johansson-Stenman, Michael Kirchler, Florian Lindner & Rene Schwaiger), Journal of Public Economics, 2022
  • "Tax Evasion with a Conscience” (with Katarina Nordblom), Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2022
  • Tra i Leoni: Revealing the Preferences Behind a Superstition” (with Giovanna Invernizzi, Joshua Miller, Tommaso Coen & Luiz Oliveira), Journal of Economic Psychology, 2021

Selected Publications

  • “Lies in Disguise – A Theoretical Analysis of Cheating” (with Martin A. Dufwenberg), Journal of Economic Theory, 2018
  • “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


  • PhD in Economics, Uppsala University, 1995