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Dr Daniel Sgroi
Associate Professor of Economics & Leader of CAGE Theme 3 (“Wellbeing and Behaviour”), University of Warwick

Note that during the 2016-17 academic year I will be on leave from Warwick and visiting the Centre for Experimental Social Science at Nuffield College in the University of Oxford.

Contact Details

• Address: Department of Economics, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.
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• Telephone: +44 (0)24 76575557.
• Fax: +44 (0)24 76523032.

Fields of Specialization

Experimental & Behavioural Economics, Labour Economics, Industrial Economics, Game Theory.

Current Research Agenda

Exploring the intersection between experimental/behavioural economics and applications to labour, health and industry. For example:

• Building the only historical index of subjective wellbeing, going back 200 years for 6 countries: a combination of “big data” (the Google books corpus) and new computation techniques for extracting sentiment from text and extending this methodology to other areas within the social sciences (with Thomas Hills & Eugenio Proto).
• An examination of the role of behavioural economics in forming social preferences towards redistribution involving a laboratory and field experiments (with Sharun Mukand & Anandi Mani).

• Understanding worker cooperation; the links between traits such as personality, risk and time preference and coordination in the workplace. A field experiment is in progress involving a UK council (with Eugenio Proto).
• Assessing the scope for behaviourally-motivated reforms of the Egyptian health service in collaboration with the University of Cairo, with a large-scale field experiment planned in a major Egyptian hospital (with Sarah Mansour & Mazen Hassan).
• A field study following Iranian organ subjects over two years with unique access to patients through the medical NGO in what is the only regulated market for kidneys in the world (with Ali Kelishomi).

To get a feel for the impact of my work outside academia see:

Current Positions

• Associate Professor of Economics, Econ. Dept., University of Warwick (2012-).
• Theme Leader, Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, Univ. of Warwick (2015-).
• Fellow, Centre for Economic Theory and Applications, University of Warwick (2009-).
• Senior Researcher, Warwick Policy Lab (WPL), University of Warwick (2015-).
• Visiting Professor, Centre for Experimental Social Science, Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2016-17).
• External Examiner, Faculty og Economics & Politics, University fo Cambridge (2016-17).

Former Positions

• Research Associate, Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy, Univ. of Warwick (2011-14).
• Leverhulme Assistant Professor of Industry & Organisation, Econ. Dept., University of Warwick (2007-12).
• Visiting Professor, Economics Department, University College London (January - June 2011).
• Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge (2005-07).
• Fellow, Lecturer & Director of Studies in Economics, Churchill College, Cambridge (2002-07).
• Research Associate, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge (2002-05).
• AEA Technology Junior Research Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge (2000-02).
• College Lecturer, Magdalen College, Oxford (1998-2000).
• Departmental Teaching Associate, Economics Department, University of Oxford (1998-2000).
• College Lecturer, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford (1998-99).
• College Lecturer, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford (1997-98).
• Economic Consultant, Oxford Economic Research Associates (OXERA) (1995-96).
• Research Assistant, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), London (July - August 1994).


University of Oxford:

• DPhil in Economics, University of Oxford (Nuffield College, 1998-2001). Topic: Theories of Learning in Economics. Advisors: Paul Klemperer (university), Hyun Shin (college).
• MPhil in Economics, University of Oxford (Nuffield College, 1996-98). MA (Nuffield College, 2001).
• Oxford Awards/Prizes: George Webb Medley Prize proxima accesserunt (1997); ESRC Postgraduate Studentship (1996-2000).

University of Cambridge:

• BA (Hons) in Economics (Double First), University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College, 1992-1995). MA (Fitzwilliam College, 2000). PhD (Churchill College, by incorporation, 2004).
• Cambridge Awards/Prizes: University of Cambridge Wrenbury Scholarship (1995); Fitzwilliam College Senior Business Scholarship (1995); 1912 Scholarship (1993, 1994); Fitzwilliam College Prize in Economics (1993, 1995); Foundation Essay Prize (1994).

Research Grants/Fellowships

• ESRC Centre Grant (£3.5million, 2015-20): Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) - As Theme Leader of one of the 4 themes (with Andrew Oswald) I was part of the small team that prepared and won the bid and now manage the grant (under the leadership of Centre Director Nick Crafts).

• Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (£10,000, 2011-12): Explaining Attitudes towards Redistribution. With Sharun Mukand and Anandi Mani.

• Leverhulme Trust (£1.1million): Leverhulme Posts in Industry and Organisation. Funded part of my salary from 2007-12.

• European Union FP6 “Broadband for All” Programme (€660,000, 2004-06): Competition, Contents and Broadband for the Internet in Europe. With Emanuele Giovannetti. Funded part of my salary from 2004-6.

• ESRC World Economy and Finance Programme (£90,000, 2005-08): Herding in Financial Markets. With Hamid Sabourian and Andreas Park.

• Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (£7,000, 2006-08): Herding in Financial Markets: An Experimental Test. With Andreas Park.

• AEA Technology (£52,000, 2000-02): AEA Technology Research Fellowship at Churchill College. Funded part of my salary from 2000-02.


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Published Articles:

• Biased Beliefs and Imperfect Information. Forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, with Eugenio Proto.

• Laboratory Evidence for Emotional Externalities: An Essay in Honor of EJ Mishan, Singapore Economic Review, Volume 61, Issue 3 (Special Issue in honour of EJ Mishan), 2016, with Eugenio Proto, Andrew Oswald and Alex Dobson.

• Happiness and Productivity, Journal of Labor Economics, Volume 33, Issue 4, pages: 789-822, 2015 (lead article), with Andrew Oswald and Eugenio Proto.

• How Should Peer Review Panels Behave? Economic Journal, Volume 123, Issue 570, pages 255-278, 2013, with Andrew Oswald.

• Herding, Contrarianism and Delay in Financial Market Trading, European Economic Review, Volume 56, Pages 1020-1037, 2012, with Andreas Park.

• The Optimal Choice of Pre-Launch Reviewer, Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 147, Issue 3, pages 1247-1260, 2012, with David Gill.

• Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among Young People with Newly-Divorced Parents? An Experimental and Econometric Approach, Experimental Economics, Volume 15, Issue 1, pages 1-23, 2012 (lead article), with Andrew Oswald and Eugenio Proto.

• Learning to Play 3×3 Games: Neural Networks as Bounded-Rational Players, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Volume 69, Issue 1, pages 27-38, 2009, with Daniel J. Zizzo.

• Sequential Decisions with Tests, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 63, Issue 2, pages 663-678, 2008, with David Gill.

• Social Network Theory, Broadband and the Future of the World Wide Web, Telecommunications Policy, Volume 32 (Special Issue on Competition and Interconnection on the Internet), pages 62-84, 2008.

• Neural Networks and Bounded Rationality, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 375, Issue 2, Article 33, 717-725, 2007, with Daniel J. Zizzo.

• A Power Law Distribution for Tenure Lengths of Sports Managers, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 370, Issue 2, Article 44, pages 697-703, 2006, with Toke Aidt, Bernard Leong and William Saslaw.

• Sequential Decision Making and Asymmetric Equilibria: An Application to Takeovers, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, Volume 4, Issue 1 (Topics), Article 11, pages 1-8, 2004, with David Gill.

• The Right Choice at the Right Time: A Herding Experiment in Endogenous Time, Experimental Economics, Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 159-180, 2003.

• Using Neural Networks to Model Bounded Rationality in Interactive Decision-Making, Greek Economic Review, Volume 22 (Special Issue on Transfer of Knowledge in Economic Decision-Making), Issue 2, pages 113-132, 2003. Reprinted in Zizzo DJ (Ed.) Transfer of Knowledge in Economic Decision-Making, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 128-147, 2005.

• Irreversible Investment and the Value of Information Gathering, Economics Bulletin, Volume 4, Issue 21, pages 1-12, 2003.

• Optimizing Information in the Herd: Guinea Pigs, Profits and Welfare, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 137-166, 2002.

Working Papers:

• Historical Analysis of National Subjective Wellbeing using Millions of Digitized Books, CESifo Working Paper No. 5906, 2016, with Thomas Hills and Eugenio Proto.

• When Herding and Contrarianism Foster Market Efficiency: A Financial Trading Experiment, CRETA Discussion Paper 17, 2016, with Andreas Park.

• On the Motivations for the Dual-Use of Electronic and Traditional Cigarettes, 2016, with David Ronayne.

• E-Cigarettes: The Extent and Impact of Dual Use, Warwick Economic Research Papers No. 1064, 2015, with Chris Doyle and David Ronayne.

For non-technical summaries see:

Teaching Record

• University of Warwick (2007-): The Industrial Economy: Strategy (UG year 1: EC132); The Industrial Economy (UG year 1: EC112); Microecon. (UG year 2, EC202), Experimental Econ. (UG year 3, EC343), Research in Applied Econ. (UG year 3 dissertation supervision, EC331); MSc dissertation supervision; PhD supervision (3 current, 4 completed); PhD examination (3 internal, 1 student at UCL, 1 student at Cambridge).

• Warwick Teaching Awards/Prizes: Teaching Excellence Award and special recognition in the Student Experience Award (2015-16); Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (Commendation) by the University of Warwick (2015); Best Second Year Undergraduate Lecturer Award (2013-14); Best First Year Undergraduate Lecturer Award (2012-13); Commendation for Excellence in Teaching Economics (2011-12); top-rated course and evaluated as "Most Effective Lecturer" in the dept. numerous times.

• University of Cambridge (2000-07): Microecon. (UG years 1-3); Quantitative Methods (UG year 1); Maths for Economists (UG year 2); Game Theory (UG year 2); Econ. Theory & Analysis (UG year 3); Applied Econ. Theory (PG year 1: S120); PhD supervision (1 completed).

• University of Oxford (1997-2000): Econ. Principles (UG year 1); Intro. Maths & Stats (UG year 1); Industrial Econ. (UG year 3); Microecon. (PG year 1).

• Oxford Teaching Awards/Prizes: Apgar Teaching Prize by Magdalen College (2000).

Professional Activities

• Referee for over 30 different journals: Adaptive Behavior, American Economic Review, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, Econometrica, Economica, Economic Journal, Economics Bulletin, European Economic Review, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Inquiry, Greek Economic Review, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, International Journal of Game Theory, IZA World of Labor, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Journal of Cultural Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Economic Interaction & Coordination, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Economic Surveys, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Quarterly Journal of Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, Research in Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Telecommunications Policy, Theoretical Economics, Theory and Decision.

• Conference organizer: Royal Economic Society Conference (Programme Committee 2016-19)l Foundations of Utility and Risk (Advisory Board, Warwick 2016), CAGE Behavioural Science Summer School (Organiser, Warwick 2016); Workshop on Information Externalities, Social Learning and Financial Markets (Co-organiser, Cambridge 2008); Workshop on Competition, Contents, Broadband and the Internet (Co-organiser, Cambridge 2005); Spring Meeting of Young Economists (Programme Committee, Oxford 2000, Copenhagen 2001, Paris 2002).


• International conferences: European Economic Association Annual Congress (Geneva 2016, Vienna 2006); Royal Economic Society Conference (Sussex 2016, Surrey 2009); Warwick Economics Summit (Warwick 2016); World Congress of the Game Theory Society (Evanston 2008, Marseilles 2004, Bilbao 2000); European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (Toulouse 2008); Econometric Society World Congress (London 2005); Spring Meeting of Young Economists (Paris 2002, Copenhagen 2001, Amsterdam 1999).

• Workshops/one-off conferences: CAGE Behavioural Science Summer School (Warwick 2016); Conference in Honour of Peter Hammond (Warwick 2010); Workshop on Information Externalities, Social Learning and Financial Markets (Cambridge 2008); University of Birmingham: “Summer in Birmingham” Economic Theory Event (Birmingham 2008); ESRC World Economy and Finance Workshop (Warwick 2007); Workshop on Competition, Contents, Broadband and the Internet (Cambridge 2005).

• Invited seminars (selected): University of East Anglia (2017); London School of Economics: OWL Economic History group (2017); Nuffield College, University of Oxford: Centre for Experimental Social Science (2016); Paris School of Economics (2014); University of Bath: Economics Department (2014); University of Glasgow: Adam Smith Business School (2013); University of Birmingham: Economics Department (2013); University of Leicester: Economics Department (2013); London School of Economics, Centre for Economic Performance (2011), Imperial College, London, Complexity & Networks Group (2011); University of Warwick: Marie Curie Workshop (2009), Experimental and Behavioural Forum (2009, 2010); University of Warwick: CRETA (2008); University of Southampton: Economics Division (2008); University of East Anglia: School of Economics (2007); Temple University: Fox School of Business (2007); State University of New York at Binghamton: Economics Department (2007); Haverford College: Economics Department (2007); University of Warwick: Economics Department (2007); University of Exeter: School of Business and Economics (2006, 2007); University of Cambridge: Faculty of Economics (2001, 2002, 2005), Judge Business School (2006); Birkbeck College, University of London: School of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics (2004); University of Essex: Economics Department (2003); University of Helsinki: Economics Department (2001); Royal Holloway College, University of London: Economics Department (1999); University of Oxford: St. John’s College (1999), Economics Department (1999, 2000).

• Invited seminars (outside academia): Office of National Statistics plenary address (2017); Warwick Economics Summit (2016); Government Economic Service at the Treasury (2013, 2015); Social Market Foundation, London (2015); The Office of Fair Trading, London (2009); AEA Technology plc (2000, 2001).

University Administration

• University of Warwick, Department of Economics: Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment Co-ordinator (2008-); shortlisted for a university staff award for recruitment activities (2016); Leader of the Industrial Economics Degree Course (2007-09); Undergraduate Management Committee (2007-09); Undergraduate Exam Board (2007-09); Management Committee of the Economic Research Institute (2007-08).
• University of Warwick: Panel for the Committee of the Admission of Students to Courses of Study (2014-).
• University of Cambridge, Faculty of Economics: MPhil/Diploma Examiners’ Committee (2001-04); Part IIB Examiners’ Committee (2003-04); Library Committee (2003-04); Part IIA Examiners’ Committee (2002-03).
• University of Cambridge, Churchill College: Senior Tutor Appointment Committee (2006-07); Tutorial Appointments Committee (2003-07); Finance Committee (2002-06); Inspector of Accounts (2004-05); Industrial Advisers Committee (2003-04).

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