Economic Theory Center


  • David K. Levine, John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor in Economics
  • Jeroen Swinkels, August A. Busch, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Managerial Economics and Strategy, John M. Olin School of Business

Associate Director

  • Professor Haluk Ergin, Department of Economics


Seigle Hall, Rm 315A

Administrator: Carissa Re

Research Assistant: Carmen Astorne-Figari

Teaching Assistant: Jie Zheng

Research Fellows

  • Professor Gaetano Antinolfi, Department of Economics
  • Professor Marcus Berliant, Department of Economics
  • Professor Michele Boldrin, Department of Economics
  • Professor Ron King, Olin School (experimental liaison)
  • Professor Stephanie Lau, Department of Economics
  • Professor Glenn MacDonald, Olin School
  • Professor John Nachbar, Department of Economics
  • Professor Steve Williamson, Department of Economics
  • Professor Ping Wang, Department of Economics


Affiliated Graduate Students

  • Carmen Astorne-Figari
  • Guido Catafe
  • Masahiro Watabe
  • Jie Zheng
  • Yu Zheng



The Economic Theory Center serves to support research in economic theory at Washington University in St. Louis. It sponsors research-related activities such as outside speakers, visitors, and conferences, as well as serving to promulgate research conducted by center members. There are many topics in economic theory supported by the Center, including game theory, decision theory, behavioral economics, general equilibrium theory, and mechanism design. A sampling of topics includes repeated games, learning in games, auctions, contract theory, voting, reputation, information, unawareness, signaling and recursive equilibria. We also support experimental research that is tightly linked to economic theory. The Center is an interdisciplinary unit drawing members from both the Olin School and Arts and Sciences, and includes macroeconomists and experimentalists as well as economic theorists.


  • Economic Theory Workshop – about 25 speakers per year

  • Brown Bag Workshop in Experimental Economics : about 6-7 speakers per year

  • sponsors the Olin School Distinguished Lecture in Economic Theory and the Department of Economics Distinguished Theory Lecture each year
Sponsored Conferences