VESSELA DASKALOVA, (PH.D., QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON)
Vessela’s research interests are at the intersection of Behavioural/Experimental Economics and Microeconomic/Game Theory. Her work has focused on two main topics: social identity and bounded rationality.
On the one hand, driven by the desire to understand more about discrimination, she has conducted lab experiments on the role of social identity for the decisions that people make. Questions considered include but are not limited to: do people discriminate between own and other group members in project assignment decisions under uncertainty? Do they behave in the same way in individual and in joint decisions? Does the identity of the co-decision maker in joint decisions matter?
On the other hand, motivated by the observations that the use of coarse mental categories is widespread, that it often occurs when people try to coordinate predictions, and that it has implications for many situations of economic interest ranging from discrimination against minorities to biases in financial markets, Vessela’s second line of research has focused on deriving economic rationales for coarse categorization. A recurring theme in her work is how the attempt to coordinate with others affects individual behaviour.