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Daniel Sgroi

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Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 75557

Fax: +44 (0)24 765 23032

Email: Daniel dot Sgroi at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room: S2.101

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CAGE, Warwick

EBERG, Warwick

BBS GRP, Warwick

CRETA, Warwick

DR@W, Warwick

Nuffield College, Oxford

CESS, Oxford

Alan Turing Institute, London

World Wellbeing Panel

IZA, Bonn


PhD Students

The Industrial Economy: Strategy (EC132)

Experimental Economics (EC984)

Behavioural & Economic Science Project (PS916)

WATE commendee


Professor of Economics

Co-ordinator, Experimental & Behavioural Economics Research Group
Theme Leader (Behavioural Economics & Wellbeing), ESRC CAGE Centre
Academic Lead, Behaviour, Brain & Society GRP
Associate Member, Nuffield College, Oxford
Research Fellow, IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn
Panel Member, World Wellbeing Panel

Research Interests

Daniel’s early work was on learning and games, with applications to industrial organisation and finance, but always included a mixture of theory and experimental methods. More recently he has been working at the borders with psychology, attempting to understand how psychological traits, cognitive biases, mood, language and beliefs affect behaviour.

Daniel leads Theme 3 (Behavioural Economics & Wellbeing) of the ESRC-funded CAGE centre which seeks better ways to understand and measure subjective wellbeing ("happiness") and related behavioural concepts and is Co-ordinator of the Experimental and Behavioural Economics Research Group in the economics department. Daniel is also one of the academic leads of the Behaviour, Brain & Society global research priority for Warwick, which oversees the inter-disciplinary DR@W group of behavioural and experimental researchers at Warwick. He is a member of the World Wellbeing Panel, an Associate Member of Nuffield College in the University of Oxford and a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn.

To find out more about Daniel's research please visit his personal website.

Selected Research Papers

Evaluating the Sunk Cost Effect, CAGE WP 475, 2020, with David Ronayne and Anthony Tuckwell.

Happiness, Cooperation and Language, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 168: 209-228, 2019, with Eugenio Proto & Mahnaz Nazneen. WP version: The Effect of Positive Mood on Cooperation in Repeated Interaction.

Historical Analysis of National Subjective Wellbeing using Millions of Digitized Books, Nature: Human Behaviour 15 October 2019, with Thomas Hills, Eugenio Proto and Chanuki Seresinhe.

  • This paper has been cited in the media over 150 times (including the front page of the Times) and many radio/TV spots, see here (press release, initial reactions) and here (ongoing reactions).

Small Talk and Theory of Mind in Strategic Decision-Making, CAGE WP 409, 2019, with Neha Bose. (IDEAS link here).

Ignoring Good Advice, TWERP WP 1150, 2018, with David Ronayne. (IDEAS link here).

Biased Beliefs and Imperfect Information, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 136: 186-202, 2017, with Eugenio Proto. Final published version here.

Happiness and Productivity, Journal of Labor Economics 33(4): 789-822, 2015 (lead article) with Andrew Oswald & Eugenio Proto. Final published version here.

  • This paper has been cited in the media over 200 times, see here (ongoing reactions) and here (initial reactions) and already has over 800 cites on Google Scholar.

How Should Peer Review Panels Behave? Economic Journal 123(570): 255-278, 2013, with Andrew Oswald. Final published version here.

The Optimal Choice of Pre-launch Reviewer, Journal of Economic Theory 147(3): 1247-1260, 2012, with David Gill. Final published version here.

Herding, Contrarianism and Delay in Financial Market Trading, European Economic Review 56: 1020-1037, 2012, with Andreas Park. Final published version here.

Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among University Students with Newly-Divorced Parents? Experimental Economics 15(1): 1-23, 2012 (lead article) with Andrew Oswald & Eugenio Proto. Final published version here.

Learning to Play 3x3 Games: Neural Networks as Bounded-Rational Players, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 69(1): 27-38, 2009, with Daniel J. Zizzo. Final published version here.

Sequential Decisions with Tests, Games & Economic Behavior 63(2): 663-678, 2008, with David Gill. Final published version here.

The Right Choice at the Right Time: A Herding Experiment in Endogenous Time, Experimental Economics 6(2): 159-180, 2003. Final published version here.

Optimizing Information in the Herd: Guinea Pigs, Profits and Welfare, Games & Economic Behavior 39(1): 137-166, 2002. Final published version here.

Full list of publications, working papers & work in progress