On-going projects

Behavioral Aspects of Institutional Design

The research projects aims at studying behavioral aspects of institutional design. The starting premise is that an institution is a formal centralized structure. There are numerous examples of such structures: creating a centralized public procurement, creating spectrum license auctions, allocating school children to schools, matching kidney patients to donors.

Project manager: Ola Andersson

Tommy Andersson, Lund University and Erik Wengström, Lund University

Depending on how the formal rules are structured around the institution participants’ behavior will be affected by strategic or dynamic aspects. This project aims at studying two aspects: (a) given a set of specific goals set by the policy makers, how shall formal centralized institutions be optimally designed and (b) which behavioral aspects follow from a specific centralized institution. The project will investigate different questions – based on practical problems  that can be connected to (a) and (b) by theoretical, empirical and experimental methods.

The project is financed by the Ragnar Söderberg Foundation.

Time period: 2014-



Andersson, Ola and Tommy Andersson (2017). Timing and presentation effects in sequential auctions. Journal of Mechanism and Institution Design, 2(1), 39-55. Link

International cooperation

Visiting researchers

Collaborating with others is essential for IFN as a research institute. Our researchers co-author articles with colleagues from other institutes, and many also teach at various universities and colleges.

As part of our extensive program of guest researchers, leading international researchers visit the institute. The visitors present and pursue their research as well as interact and cooperate with researchers at IFN.

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