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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.
Professor Vincent Crawford


  • 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)