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Microeconomics starts from the premise that phenomena should be understood as a result of individual choices. These choices are determined by the incentives that individuals face, and by the psychological make up of these individuals. Furthermore, competition, coordination and learning are vital in aggregating individual choices, and thereby shaping them into the collective behaviour observed in markets and even whole economies.This theme brings together researchers working on individual and group decision making, bargaining, risk sharing, contracts, behavioural approaches to savings decisions, evolutionary economics, experimental economics and competition among firms. The application of these works has been to diverse areas such as financial markets and banking, epidemiology, trust and social norms, decision making in human organ transplantation. It is hoped that a better understanding of individual choices will allow policy makers to eliminate some of the more obvious design flaws in their policies, and that a better understanding of how these choices interact to determine collective outcomes will help to identify policies that result in more stable collective outcomes (possibly at the expense of sacrificing some features that appear desirable at the individual level).


Hamid Sabourian

Prof. Hamid Sabourian
Professor of Economics and Game Theory

Research Interests
Economic theory and game theory

Christopher Harris

Prof. Christopher Harris
Professor of Economics

Research Interests
Dynamic Games, Dynamic Contracts


Xin  Gao

Dr Xin Gao
Cambridge-INET Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests
Microeconomic Theory, particularly Information Economics and Mechanism Design

Benson Tsz Kin Leung

Dr Benson Tsz Kin Leung
Cambridge-INET Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests
Behavioral Economics (theoretical and experimental), Microeconomics Theory and Industrial Organisation

Published Papers

Limited Cognitive Ability and Selective Information Processing
Leung, B. T. K., (2020), Games and Economic Behavior

Breaking the Brexit impasse: Achieving a fair, legitimate and democratic outcome
Aidt, T.S., Chadha, J.S. and Sabourian, H., (2019), National Institute Economic Review

Learning dynamics with social comparisons and limited memory
Block, J. I., Fudenberg, D. and Levine, D. K., (2019), Theoretical Economics

A folk theorem with codes of conduct and communication
Block, J. I. and Levine, D. K., (2017), Economic Theory Bulletin

Codes of Conduct, Private Information and Repeated Games
Block, J. I. and Levine, D. K., (2016), International Journal of Game Theory

Instantaneous gratification
Harris, C. and Laibson, D., (2013), Quarterly Journal of Economics


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Working Papers

Herding in Quality Assessment: An Application to Organ Transplantation
De Mel, S., Munshi, K., Reiche, S. and Sabourian, H., (WP2026)

Equilibrium Social Distancing
Toxvaerd, F.M.O, (WP2008)

Information Overload and Confirmation Bias
Goette, L., Han, H. J. and Leung, B. T. K., (WP2006)

Checking Cheap Talk
Ball, I. and Gao, X., (WP1919)


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Zaifu Yang
University of York

Economic Theory, Game Theory, Auction/Mechanism Design, Consumer Theory, Financial Economics, Economic Growth, Tax Reform.

Visiting between:
(03 Jun 2019 - 04 Jun 2019)

Host: Hamid Sabourian

Prof Clara Ponsati
University of St Andrews

Game Theory and Public Economics, with interest in negotiations, bargaining, and voting

Visiting between:
(01 Jan 2019 - 14 Jun 2019)

Host: Hamid Sabourian

Dr Yingying Li

Financial econometrics, Financial risk management high-frequency data, Volatility estimation and market microstructure, Statistical inference for stochastic processes, Asymptotic statistics

Visiting between:
(12 Sep 2018 - 13 Sep 2018)

Host: Oliver Linton

Prof Larry Blume
Cornel Iniversity

Evolutionary processes in markets and games, Economic theory, Game theory

Visiting between:
(04 May 2018 - 04 May 2018)

Host: Hamid Sabourian


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Past Events

Symposium on Competition Policy

Symposium on Competition Policy

Cambridge-INET & the Bennett Institute for Public Policy are holding an event "Symposium on Competition Policy" on 17th May 2018, from 9.00am - 5.00pm, in Clare College, Cambridge.

Event Date - Friday 17th May 2019

Economic Theory Workshop

Economic Theory Workshop

Cambridge-INET is hosting an Economic Theory Workshop on the 1st - 3rd May 2018, starting at 12.00pm (on the 1st) and finishing at 5.00pm (on the 3rd), in the Keynes Hall, King's College, Cambridge.

Event Date - Tuesday 1st May 2018 - Thursday 3rd May 2018

Keynes Fund & Cambridge-INET Research Days

Keynes Fund & Cambridge-INET Research Days

The Keynes Fund & Cambridge-INET Research days will be held on the 14th and 15th June 2016, in Meade Room, Faculty of Economics.

Event Date - Friday 1st July 2016

Economic Theory Workshop

Economic Theory Workshop

The Cambridge-INET will be hosting a Economic Theory Workshop on Wednesday 26th - Thursday 8th June 2016, in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre, Trinity College

Event Date - Wednesday 8th June 2016

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Symposium on Competition Policy

Symposium on Competition Policy

Dr. Flavio Toxvaerd organised a Symposium on Competition Policy at Clare College Cambridge, on the 17th of May 2019. The Bennett Institute have added videos of the days presentations to their website.

Published on - Thursday 18th July 2019

5 Years Cambridge-INET

5 Years Cambridge-INET

Cambridge-INET is hosting a series of high profile events to mark the 5th anniversary of the Cambridge Institute for New Economic Thinking.

Published on - Tuesday 1st May 2018

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