The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Dr Edward Cartwright
Reader in Economics
School of Economics, Keynes College, B1.06
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Edward Cartwright is Director of Graduate Studies (PhD programmes)
Edward Cartwright is Reader in Economics. He gained a BA in mathematics and economics at the University of Durham and an MSc and PhD in economics at the University of Warwick. He subsequently spent a year as a post-doctoral student at Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne before joining the University of Kent in 2004.
Edward’s main research interests are game theory, behavioural economics and public economics. His current work focuses on threshold public good games, large games, the consequences and origins of conformity and prejudice, and leadership in coordination games. Edward is associate editor at the Journal of Public Economic Theory.back to top
- "Cheating to win: Dishonesty and the intensity of competition," (with Matheus L.C. Menezes), -, vol. 122(1), pages 55-58, 2014.
- "Correlated Equilibrium, Conformity, and Stereotyping in Social Groups," (with Myrna Wooders), Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 16(5), pages 743-766, October, 2014.
- “Imitation And Coordination In Small‐World Networks,” Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(2), pages 71-90, 04, 2014.
- "How category reporting can improve fundraising," (with Amrish Patel), Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 73-90, 2013.
- "Leadership By Example In The Weak-Link Game," (with Joris Gillet & Mark Van Vugt), Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 51(4), pages 2028-2043, October, 2013.
- "Naïve Beliefs and the Multiplicity of Social Norms," (with Amrish Patel), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 168(2), pages 280-289, June, 2012.
- "What do Students Learn from a Classroom Experiment: Not much, Unless they Write a Report on it," (with Anna Stepanova), The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(1), pages 48-57, January, 2012.
- "Imitation and the Incentive to Contribute Early in a Sequential Public Good Game," (with Amrish Patel), Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 12(4), pages 691-708, 08, 2010.
- "Public Goods, Social Norms, and Naïve Beliefs," (with Amrish Patel), Journal of Public Economic Theory, Association for Public Economic Theory, vol. 12(2), pages 199-223, 04, 2010.
- "Conformity and out of equilibrium beliefs," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 70(1-2), pages 164-185, May, 2009.
- "On equilibrium in pure strategies in games with many players," (with Myrna Wooders), International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 137-153, March, 2009.
- "On purification of equilibrium in Bayesian games and expost Nash equilibrium," (with Myrna Wooders), International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 38(1), pages 127-136, March, 2009.
- "Social norms: Does it matter whether agents are rational or boundedly rational?," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 38(3), pages 403-410, June, 2009.
- "Contagion And The Speed Of Adjustment In Small Worlds," International Game Theory Review (IGTR), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 9(04), pages 689-704, 2007.
- "Imitation, coordination and the emergence of Nash equilibrium," International Journal of Game Theory, Springer, vol. 36(1), pages 119-135, September, 2007.
- Frank, B. and E. Cartwright (2013), Micoreconomics and Behaviour, McGraw Hill.
- Cartwright, E. (2011), Behavioral Economics Routledge Advanced Texts in Economics and Finance.
Contributions to books
- Cartwright, E. and T. Singh (2013) 'Social capital, the culture of trust, and economic development', in Christiansen, B. and M. Basilgan (Eds.), Economic Behavior, Game Theory, and Technology in Emerging Markets, IGI Global.
- Cartwright, E., J. Conley and M. Wooders (2006) ‘The Law of Demand in Tiebout Economies’, in The Tiebout Model at 50: Essays in Public Economics in honor of Wallace Oates, W. A. Fischel (Ed) (working paper, book info).
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Much of Edward's current research focuses on aspects of leadership, social learning and social influence. Specifically, it looks to model situations where economic agents are making decisions sequentially or repeatedly and can observe what other agents have done in the past. How are/should agents be influenced by what they observe others doing? and how should an agent behave if he expects others to be influenced by what he is doing?
Particular applications of interest include public good games, coordination games, and large games. Edward's preferred approach is one involving both theory and experiment. Some specific issues that are the subject of ongoing research include:
- Who chooses to lead, and follow, and why?
- Does leadership help to resolve coordination problems? If not, what does?
- The optimal theory of search when agents can learn from the search of others.
- Does signalling increase giving to public goods/charity?
- The origins of prejudice and economic discrimination.
- Ex-post stability and categorization in games with many players.
Current and past research grants that have helped fund this research include:
- 'An experimental investigation of prejudice and economic discrimination', Nuffield Foundation Small Grant (2009-2011).
- 'Why some people choose to be leaders: the emergence of leadership in groups and organizations', joint with Mark van Vugt, ESRC Small Grant (2007-2010).
- 'Anonymous free-riding in collective action problems', joint with Mark van Vugt, British Academy Small Grant (2008-2010).
- 'Social Learning and the Theory of Search', ESRC First Grant (2006-2007).
Edward's RePEc page is http://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/pca11.htm.
- E. Cartwright and D. Lovett (2013) ‘Leadership and conditional cooperation in public good games: What difference does the game make?’ Studies in Economics 1324, School of Economics, University of Kent.
- EC312 Strategy and Games (Co-convenor)
- EC541 Economics Dissertation
- EC553 Public Economics (Convenor)
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- Tue 10.00-11.00
- Wed 14.00-15.00
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- Dr Amrish Patel (now at University of Gothenburg) (personal page)
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- Director of Graduate Studies (PhD programmes)
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