Research faculty

Ola Andersson

Associate Professor

Research interests: Applied game theory, industrial economics, experimental economics and behavioral economics.


Among the questions that Ola Andersson tries to answer with his research:

  • How do we  take risk on behalf of other people?
  • What are the patterns of behavior in auctions with multiple goods?
  • When does communication hurt/help cooperation?
  • How do we design efficient school choice


New research

Risk Aversion Relates to Cognitive Ability: Preferences or Noise? Ola Andersson, Håkan J. Holm, Jean-Robert Tyran and Erik Wengström

Most of Ola Andersson's research has so far focused on the impact of communication: renegotiation, cartels, coordination and persuasion.

Work in progress

  1. Robustness to strategic uncertainty
  2. Determinants of Performance in Tournaments
  3. School Choice in Stockholm
  4. Risk-taking behavior
  5. Effects of priming on economic behavior


Working Papers

"Decomposing the Afternoon Effect: An Empirical Investigation of Sequential Train Ticket Auctions" (with Tommy Andersson), IFN Working paper no. 1085.

"Robustness to strategic uncertainty in the Nash bargaining game" (with Cédric Argenton and Jörgen Weibull), Mimeo,

"Risking Other People’s Money: Experimental Evidence on Bonus Schemes, Competition, and Altruism" (with Jean-Robert Tyran, Erik Wengström and Håkan  Holm) IFN Working Paper no 989.


Subliminal Influence on Generosity” (with T. Miettinen, K. Hytönen, M. Johannesson and U. Stephan), forthcoming in Experimental Economics

"Person-Organization Fit: A Causal Test" (with Marieke Huysentruyt, Topi Miettinen and Ute Stephan), forthcoming in Management Science.[Media]:

"Risk Aversion Relates to Cognitive Ability: Preferences or Noise" (with Jean-Robert Tyran, Erik Wengström and Håkan  Holm)  (web appendix) forthcoming in the Journal of the European Economic Association. 

"Deciding for Others Reduces Loss Aversion" (with Jean-Robert Tyran, Erik Wengström and Håkan  Holm) forthcoming in Management Science.[Media]: Veckans affärerPrivata affärer, Sydsvenskan.

"Robustness to strategic uncertainty" (with Cédric Argenton and Jörgen Weibull), Games and Economic Behavior 2014, 85, 272-288,

"Speech is Silver; Silence is Golden" (with Hakan J. Holm), Games 2013, 4, pp 497-507.

"Sealed Bid Auctions vs. Ascending Bid Auctions: An Experimental Study" (with Christer Andersson and Tommy Andersson),  Review of Economic Design 2013 Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 1-16.

"Credible Communication and Cooperation: Experimental Evidence from Multi-stage Games" (with Erik Wengström),  Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 207-219. 

"Costly Renegotiation in Repeated Bertrand Games" (with Erik Wengström), The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics: Vol. 10 : Iss. 1 (Contributions), Article 51.

"Endogenous Communication and Tacit Coordination in Market Entry Games – an explorative experimental study" (with Håkan J. Holm) International Journal of Industrial Organization Volume 28, Issue 5, September 2010, pp 477-495.

"Persuasion in Experimental Ultimatum Games" (with M. Galizzi, T. Hoppe, S. Kranz, E. Wengström and K. van der Wiel) Economics Letters 2010, Vol 108, No 1, pp 16–18.

"On the Role of Patience in Collusive Bertrand Duopolies" Economics Letters 2008, Vol 100, No 1, pp 60-63.

"A Note on Renegotiation in Repeated Bertrand Duopolies" ( with Erik Wengström) Economics Letters 2007, Vol 95, No 3, pp 398-401.

"Do Antitrust Laws facilitate Collusion: Experimental Evidence on Costly Communication in Duopolies", (with Erik Wengström) The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2007,Vol 109, No 2, pp 321-339.

Ola Andersson


Ph: +46 8 665 4521
Mob: +46 70 432 2450


Ola Andersson received his doctorate in economics in 2008 at Lund University. The title of his thesis was "Bargaining and Communication in Games". Between 2008 and 2011 he was a researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is also affiliated to the Department of Economics at Lund University and teaches microeconomics at Stockholm School of Economics

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The researchers at IFN are united in their belief that economic methods offer a powerful tool for understanding society.

The main research programs are:

  1. economics of entrepreneurship
  2. globalization and corporate restructuring
  3. economics of the service sector
  4. economics of the electricity markets
  5. economics of institutions and culture.

Global Award

Research on entrepreneurship




The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the foremost global award for research on entrepreneurship.This Prize is awarded annually with a prize sum of EUR 100,000.

IFN in cooperation with Entreprenörskapsforum and Vinnova are the principals of the award, in cooperation with the donor, Stockholms Köpmansklubb.

Professor Philippe Aghion, Collège de France, is the winner of the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research 2016. He will receive the award at a ceremony on May 10, 2016, in Stockholm.

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