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Nicolaas Vriend

Nicolaas Vriend

Location: GC420
Phone: +44 20 7882 8854

Office hours: Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00, and Friday 14:00-15:00

Research keywords: 

- Microeconomics
- Behavioural and Experimental Economics


Nick Vriend is Professor of Microeconomics at Queen Mary and currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Nick's research field is microeconomics (microeconomic and game theory) with a main research interest economic dynamics, in particular the dynamics of interactive social processes involving (boundedly) rational, learning agents. In relation to this, his main research methods, besides verbal and mathematical analysis, are experimental economics and Agent-based Computational Economics (ACE). He has worked on models of price dispersion and consumer loyalty and of the phenomenon of information-contagion, and he has investigated a range of learning theories both in theory and in experimental setups (including various oligopolistic markets, a location game, and ultimatum games). Nick has been working recently in particular on coordination problems. He studied experimentally the role of non-equilibrium focal points and the role of smiles, winks, and handshakes as coordination devices, as well as the roles of punishment and social identity. He has also been working on models of categorization in individual decision problems and in coordination games, and on models of segregation, as well as on the topic of electoral competition.

Nick's undergraduate studies in Economics were at the University of Amsterdam, and he received his PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy).


Political Motivations and Electoral Competition: Equilibrium Analysis and Experimental Evidence. Games and Economic Behavior, 83, January, 86-115, 2014 (with Michalis Drouvelis and Alejandro Saporiti).

On the Role of Non-equilibrium Focal Points as Coordination Devices. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 94, 52-67, 2013 (with Antoni Bosch-Domènech).

On Smiles, Winks, and Handshakes as Coordination Devices. Economic Journal, 119, April, 826-854, 2009 (with Paola Manzini and Abdolkarim Sadrieh).

The Classical Experiments on Cournot Oligopoly. In C.R. Plott & V.L. Smith (Eds.), Handbook of Experimental Economics Results, Volume 1. (pp. 146-152), 2008 (with Antoni Bosch-Domènech).

Dynamic Models of Segregation in Small-World Networks. In: A. Naimzada, S.Stefani & A. Torriero (Eds.), Networks, Topology and Dynamics. Theory and Applications to Economics and Social Systems (Lecure Notes in Economic and Mathematical Systems 613). (pp. 111-126), 2009 (with Giorgio Fagiolo and Marco Valente).

Schelling's Spatial Proximity Model of Segregation Revisited. Journal of Public Economics, 91, 1-24, 2007 (with Romans Pancs).

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