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Professor Vincent Crawford

University Academic Fellow since 2010
Drummond Professor of Political Economy
My research focuses on game-theoretic microeconomics, with emphases on bargaining and arbitration, strategic communication, matching markets, learning, and coordination. My current research areas are behavioural and experimental game theory, and behavioural economics more generally.


  • Assistant Professor (1976-1981), Associate Professor (1981-1985), Professor (1985-1997), Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of California, San Diego (1997-2009). Emeritus Professor from 2010. (from 1976 to 2009)
  • Postgraduate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (from 1972 to 1976)
  • Undergraduate, Princeton University (to 1972)

Research interests

  • Economic theory
  • Behavioural and experimental economics


  • (with Miguel Costa-Gomes and Nagore Iriberri), 'Structural Models of Nonequilibrium Strategic Thinking: Theory, Evidence, and Applications', Journal of Economic Literature 51 (March 2013), 5-62.
  • (with Michèle Belot and Cecilia Heyes), 'Players of Matching Pennies Automatically Imitate Opponents’ Gestures Against Strong Incentives', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110(8) (19 February 2013), 2763-2768.
  • (with Juanjuan Meng), 'New York City Cabdrivers' Labor Supply Revisited: Reference-Dependent Preferences with Rational-Expectations Targets for Hours and Income', American Economic Review 101 (August 2011), 1912–1932.
  • (with Nagore Iriberri), 'Level–k Auctions: Can Boundedly Rational Strategic Thinking Explain the Winner's Curse and Overbidding in Private–Value Auctions?', Econometrica 75 (2007), 1721–70.
  • (with Miguel Costa–Gomes), 'Cognition and Behavior in Two–Person Guessing Games: An Experimental Study', American Economic Review 96 (2006), 1737–68.
  • 'Theory and Experiment in the Analysis of Strategic Interaction', in David Kreps and Ken Wallis, editors, Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Theory and Applications, Seventh World Congress, Vol. I (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), 206–42.
  • (with Joel Sobel), 'Strategic Information Transmission', Econometrica 50 (1982), 1431–51.
  • (with Alexander S. Kelso, Jr.), 'Job Matching, Coalition Formation, and Gross Substitutes', Econometrica 50 (1982), 1483–1504.
  • Link to publications and curriculum vitae

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Member of Academia Europaea (from 2014)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)
  • Fellow, Econometric Society (from 1990)
  • Guggenheim Fellow (from 1997 to 1998)
  • Co-Editor, American Economic Review (from 2005 to 2009)
  • Member, Board of Editors, American Economic Review (from 2009 to 2010)
  • Associate Editor, Econometrica (from 2004 to 2007)
  • Editor, Games and Economic Behavior (member, Editorial Board, from 1988) (from 2011)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Theory (1986–96, 1998–2004)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (from 2001 to 2004)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, New Zealand Economic Papers (from 2007)
  • Member, American Economic Association Honors and Awards Committee (from 2008 to 2013)
  • Member, US National Science Foundation Economics Advisory Panel (from 1996 to 1998)
  • Member, First Council of the Game Theory Society (from 2001 to 2003)
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (from 1982 to 1983)
  • Visiting Professor of Economics & Visiting Research Associate, Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University (from 1985 to 1986)

Research awards and grants

  • European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant, 'BESTDECISION: Behavioural Economics and Strategic Decision Making: Theory, Empirics, and Experiments' (2014-19)
  • Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation Grants (from 1979 to 1994)