Thomas R. Palfrey
Flintridge Foundation Professor of Economics and Political Science
Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences
E-mail: trp at
Office: 301A Baxter Hall
Phone: (626) 395-4088
Fax: (626) 432-1726
Selected recent publications
Equilibrium Tax Rates and Income Redistribution (with M. Agranov), Journal of Public Economics, forthcoming.
The Dynamic Free Rider Problem: A Laboratory Study (with M. Battaglini and S. Nunnari), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, forthcoming.
How Cheap Talk Enhances Efficiency in Threshold Public Goods Games (with H. Rosenthal and N. Roy) Games and Economic Behavior, forthcoming.
Symmetric Play in Repeated Allocation Games (with C. Kuzmics and B. Rogers), Journal of Economic Theory, November 2014, 154: 25–67.
Turnout and Power Sharing (with H. Herrera and M. Morelli). Economic Journal, February 2014, 124, 131-62.
Experiments in Political Economy in The Handbook of Experimental Economics, Vol. II (Kagel and Roth, eds.), forthcoming.
Candidate Entry and Political Polarization: An Anti-Median Voter Theorem (with J. Grosser) American Journal of Political Science, January 2014, 58(1), 127-43. Appendix
Selected recent working papers
The Political Economy of Public Debt: A Laboratory Study (with M. Battaglini and S. Nunnari), Working Paper, California Institute of Technology, November 2015.
Static and Dynamic Underinvestment: An Experimental Investigation (with M. Agranov, G. Frechette, and E. Vespa) Social Science Working Paper #1399, California Institute of Technology, November 2015.
Trading Votes for Votes: A Decentralized Matching Algorithm (with A. Casella) Social Science Working Paper #1408, California Institute of Technology, November 2015.
Quantal Response and Non-equilibrium Beliefs Explain Overbidding in Maximum-Value Auctions (with C. Camerer and S. Nunnari) March 2015.
Ignorance and Bias in Collective Decisions (with A. Elbittar, A. Gomberg, and C. Martinelli) Social Science Working Paper #1386, California Institute of Technology, December 2014.
External Validation of Voter Turnout Models by Concealed Parameter Recovery (with A. Merlo) Social Science Working Paper #1370, California Institute of Technology, February 2014.