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For published work, links are primarily to the final pre-publication version. There is typically also a link to the final published version for those with access.


 Publications:

  1. On the Motivations for the Dual-Use of Electronic and Traditional Cigarettes, Applied Economics Letters, Volume 25, Issue 12: Pages 830-834, 2018, with David Ronayne. Final Published Version (Taylor & Francis).
  2. Biased Beliefs and Imperfect Information, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Volume 136: Pages 186-202, 2017, with Eugenio Proto. Final Published Version (Science Direct).
    • For media reactions see here.
  3. 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. Final Published Version (World Scientific).
  4. Happiness and Productivity, Journal of Labor Economics, Volume 33, Issue 4: Pages: 789-822, 2015 (lead article), with Andrew Oswald and Eugenio Proto. Online Abstract (IZA) and Seminar Slides. Final Published Version (University of Chicago).
  5. How Should Peer Review Panels Behave? Economic Journal, Volume 123, Issue 570: Pages 255-278, 2013, with Andrew Oswald. Final Published Version (Wiley).
    • For media reactions see here.
  6. Herding, Contrarianism and Delay in Financial Market Trading, European Economic Review, Volume 56: Pages 1020-1037, 2012, with Andreas Park. Online Abstract (EconPapers), Conference Slides and Seminar Slides. Final Published Version (Science Direct).
  7. The Optimal Choice of Pre-launch Reviewer, Journal of Economic Theory, Volume 147, Issue 3: Pages 1247-1260, 2012, with David Gill. Online Abstract (EconPapers) and Seminar Slides. Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).
  8. Are Happiness and Productivity Lower among University Students with Newly-Divorced Parents? Experimental Economics, Volume 15, Issue 1: Pages 1-23, 2012 (lead article), with Andrew Oswald and Eugenio Proto. Final Published Version (Springer).
  9. Learning to Play 3x3 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. Online Abstract, Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).
  10. Sequential Decisions with Tests, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 63, Issue 2: Pages 663-678, 2008, with David Gill. Online Abstract (EconPapers) and Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).
  11. Social Network Theory, Broadband and the Future of the World Wide Web, Telecommunications Policy, Volume 32, Issue 1 (Special Issue on Competition and Interconnection on the Internet): pages 62-88, 2008. Online Abstract and Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).
  12. Neural Networks and Bounded Rationality, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 375, Issue 2: Article 33, 2007, with Daniel J. Zizzo. Online Abstract and Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).
  13. A Power Law Distribution for Tenure Lengths of Sports Managers, Physica A: Satistical Mechanics and its Applications, Volume 370, Issue 2: Article 44, 2006, with Toke Aidt, Bernard Leong and William Saslaw. Online Abstract, Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).
  14. Using Neural Networks to Model Bounded Rationality in Interactive Decision-Making, in: Daniel J. Zizzo (Ed.) Transfer of Knowledge in Economic Decision-Making, Palgrave Macmillan, 128-147, 2005.
    • Previousy published in the Greek Economic Review, Volume 22, Issue 2 (Special Issue on Transfer of Knowledge in Economic Decision-Making): pages 113-132, 2003. Online Abstract (EconPapers).
  15. Sequential Decision Making and Asymmetric Equilibria: An Application to Takeovers, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, Volume 4 (Topics), Issue 1: Article 11, 2004, with David Gill. Online Abstract (EconPapers) and Final Published Version (BEPress).
  16. The Right Choice at the Right Time: A Herding Experiment in Endogenous Time, Experimental Economics, Volume 6, Issue 2: Pages 159-180, 2003. Online Abstract (EconPapers) and Final Published Version (Springerlink).
  17. Irreversible Investment and the Value of Information Gathering, Economics Bulletin, Volume 4, Issue 21: Pages 1-12, 2003. Online Abstract (EconPapers) and Final Published Version (Vanderbilt).
  18. Optimizing Information in the Herd: Guinea Pigs, Profits and Welfare, Games and Economic Behavior, Volume 39, Issue 1: pages 137-166, 2002. Online Abstract (EconPapers) and Final Published Version (ScienceDirect).

Working Papers:

  1. When Good Advice is Ignored: the Role of Envy and Stubbornness, CAGE Working Paper No. 359, 2018, with David Ronayne.
    • AEA RCT Registry entry.
    • This paper also appears in the Nuffield College Economics working paper series (2018-WP01), the Warwick Economics Department research paper series (1150) and the Warwick CRETA discussion paper series (#38).
    • Next due to be presented (by Ronayne) at the European Economic Assoication annual conference in Cologne, August 2018.
  2. The Effect of Positive Mood on Cooperation in Repeated Interaction, CAGE Working Paper No. 347, 2017, with Eugenio Proto and Mahnaz Nazneen.
    • Seminar slides.
    • Next due to be presented (by Sgroi) at the European Economic Assoication annual conference in Cologne, August 2018.
  3. Historical Analysis of National Subjective Wellbeing using Millions of Digitized Books, CESifo Working Paper No. 5906, 2016, with Thomas Hills and Eugenio Proto. Note that the link is for the latest version version dated November 2017. CESifo Abstract. Earlier versions are available as IZA DP 9195, 2015 and CAGE WP 236-2015.
    • Seminar slides.
    • Press Release. Articles in VoxEU and the IZA Newsroom. To hear me talk about the research on BBC Radio 4 go here. For over 40 media reactions including 9 radio interviews see here.
    • Next due to be presented (by Sgroi) at the Economietric Society European Meeting in Cologne, August 2018.
  4. When Herding and Contrarianism Foster Market Efficiency: A Financial Trading Experiment, CRETA Discussion Paper 17, 2016, with Andreas Park.
  5. E-Cigarettes: The Extent and Impact of Dual Use, Warwick Economic Research Papers No. 1064, 2015, with Chris Doyle and David Ronayne.


Work in Progress:

  1. The Deserving Rich and the Lazy Poor: Behavioral Foundations of Redistributive Preferences, with Anand Mani and Sharun Mukand.
    • Status: experiment complete, first draft in progress.
  2. Affirmative Action and Self-Serving Bias in the Indian Education System, with Anandi Mani, Sharun Mukand and Shubhro Sarkar.
    • Status: field experiment complete, results being analysed.
  3. Understanding the Motivation of Organ Donors in the Iranian Organ Market, with Ali Kelishomi Moghaddasi. AEA RCT Registry entry.
    • Status: field experiment in progress.
  4. Language, Conflict and Identity (tentative title), with Thomas Hills, Eugenio Proto and David Hugh-Jones.
    • Status: data collection in progress.
  5. Theory of Mind and Strategic Decision-Making (tentative title), with Neha Bose. AEA RCT Egristry entry.
    • Status: ethical approval and funding obtained, pilot complete, experiment in progress.
  6. Personality and Coordination (tentative title), with Mahnaz Nazneen.
    • Status: pilot complete, experiment in progress.
  7. Group Identity and Advice (tentative title), with David Ronayne.

    • Status: ethical approval and funding obtained, experiments planned for 2018/19.
  8. Mindfulness and Economic Behaviour (tentative title), with Elliot Ash, Anthony Tuckwell and Shi Zhuo.
    • Status: planning stage.

Non-technical Summaries:

On Measuring Happiness
  1. Measuring Happiness across the Ages, CAGE blog, January 2018.
  2. Measuring Happiness across the Ages, LSE Business Review, July 2017.
  3. Measuring Historical Happiness using Millions of Digitized Books, CAGE Advantage Magazine, July 2017.
  4. How happy are we? Measuring happiness through the ages, ESRC Blog, March 2017.
  5. Understanding Happiness, CAGE/SMF Policy Report, January 2017.
  6. When was Britain Happiest, BBC Radio 4, August 2016.
  7. Historical analysis of national subjective wellbeing using millions of digitised books: Introducing the HPS Index, VoxEU, September 2015, with Thomas Hills and Eugenio Proto.
  8. Measuring historical happiness through digitized books, IZA Newsroom, September 2015, with Thomas Hills and Eugenio Proto.
On Happiness & Productivity
  1. Happiness and productivity, ForumEPFL, May 2016, with Eugenio Proto.
  2. The happy-productive Worker, IPA Bulletin, January 2016.
  3. Happiness & Productivity Policy Briefing, Social Market Foundation, London, October 2015.
  4. Whistling while you work: Happiness is good for productivity, British Politics and Policy, London School of Economics, July 2013.
  5. A New Happiness Equation: Worker + Happiness = Improved Productivity, Economic Research Institute Bulletin, University of Warwick, 2009/10 Issue 3, July 2010, with Andrew Oswald and Eugenio Proto.
  6. "Happiness economics" in reverse: Does Happiness Affect Productivity? VoxEU, July 2010.
On Biased Perceptions
  1. Individuals tend to see themselves as more average than is the case, British Politics and Policy, London School of Economics, March 2015, with Eugenio Proto.
  2. The desire to be average, Economic Research Institute Bulletin, University of Warwick, Spring 2014, with Eugenio Proto.
On E-cigarettes
  1. Vaping: How e-cigarettes could be holding you back from quitting smoking, The Independent, January 2016.
  2. Why e-cigarettes could be holding back your plans to quit smoking, The Conversation, January 2016, with Chris Doyle and David Ronayne.
On the UK Research Excellence Framework
  1. Journal quality and citations: Why economists should practice what they preach, VoxEU, November 2013.
  2. REF panel must blend citation and publication data, Times Higher Education, September 2013, with Andrew Oswald. Originally published in print as: How a clergyman’s insights can answer panellists’ prayers on 19 September 2013.
On Financial Herding
  1. Herding, Contrarianism and Delay in Financial Markets, Royal Economic Society Conference Press Pack, April 2009, with Andreas Park.
  2. What Causes Herd Behavior in Financial Markets and What is its Impact? ESRC World Economy and Finance Programme Discussion Forum, November 2008, with Andreas Park and Hamid Sabourian.