Robert Östling, Assistant Professor
Institute for International Economic Studies
My primary research interests are behavioral economics, game theory and political economics. I obtained my Ph.D. in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in September 2008 and have been working at the Institute for International Economic Studies since then. Much of my research is summarized in the introduction of my thesis. My thesis has been awarded the Arnberg Prize 2009 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
I also enjoy writing about economics for a broader audience, primarily at the Swedish blog Ekonomistas.
The academic year 2012/2013 I am teaching an undergraduate course in game theory called Economic Strategic Thinking and one second year graduate courses (jointly with Tom Cunningham): Behavioral Economics I.
"Testing Game Theory in the Field: Swedish LUPI Lottery Games" (co-authors Joseph Tao-yi Wang, Eileen Chou and Colin F. Camerer), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 3(3) 1-33 (lead article). Related material: Online Appendix, data and code, blog post with learning video (in Swedish).
"Strategic Risk and Coordination Failure in Blame Games" (co-author Tore Ellingsen), Economics Letters 110(2), 90-92. Related material: Working paper (same as published version).
"Political Polarization and the Size of Government" (co-author Erik Lindqvist), American Political Science Review, 104(3), 543-565. Related material: Data on polarization (STATA format), Supplementary appendix, summary in Swedish, blog post in Swedish.
“The Effect of Competition on Physical Activity: A Randomized Trial” (co-authors Magnus Johannesson and Eva Ranehill), B.E. Journal of Economic Policy and Analysis (Topics), 10(1), Article 91.
"Economic Influences on Moral Values", The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Advances) 9(1), Article 2. Related material: Mark Twain's short story "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" also makes the point that temptation corrupts moral values, blog post about the paper (in Swedish).
"Bounded Rationality and Endogenous Preferences", Ph.D. Dissertation, Stockholm School of Economics, 2008. Introduction
"A Game Theoretic Model of the Northwestern European Electricity Market – Market Power and the Environment" (co-authors Wietze Lise, Vincent Linderhof, Onno Kuik, Claudia Kempfert and Thomas Heinzow), Energy Policy, 2006, 34(15), p 2123–2136.
"Organizational Structure as the Channeling of Boundedly Rational Pre-play Communication" (co-author Tore Ellingsen). This paper has largely been replaced by "When Does Communication Improve Coordination?" above.
Publications in Swedish
"Varför värna den personliga integriteten?". Book chapter in Dalunde (ed.), Integritet i en global värld, Fores+Ivrig förlag, 2012
"Nationalekonomins grunder" (with Erik Mohlin). Book chapter in Gerlach (ed.), Nationalekonomi för vänstern. Teori för jämlikhet och välfärd, Kata förlag, 2011
"Paternalism". Book chapter in Gerlach (ed.), Nationalekonomi för vänstern. Teori för jämlikhet och välfärd, Kata förlag, 2011.
"En nationalekonomi för vänstern" (with Erik Mohlin and Peter Gerlach), Tvärdrag 2009/6.
"Beteendeekonomi och konsumentpolitik". Report on consumer policy written for the Swedish Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality, 2009.
"Från nationalekonomi till ekonomik?" (editorial with Martin Flodén), Ekonomisk Debatt, 2009, 37(3), p 3–4.
"Homo Economicus" (book review), Ekonomisk Debatt, 2006, 34(5), p 52–54.
"Den oekonomiska människan", Dagens Nyheter, January 18, 2006.
"Teorier spelar roll!" (reply), Ekonomisk Debatt, 2005, 33(6), p 58–59.
"Är nationalekonomin ideologisk?", Ekonomisk Debatt, 2005, 33(2), p 6–18
"Fett och beroende", Dagens Nyheter, May 3, 2005.
I can also be reached at my mobile phone +46-70-5745792. My office is A862 which is located on the 8th floor in the A building (Universitetsvägen 10).