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) 395-8967
Selected recent publications
Quantal Response Equilibrium: A Stochastic Theory of Games (with J. Goeree and C. Holt) Princeton University Press: Princeton, NJ, 2016.
How Cheap Talk Enhances Efficiency in Threshold Public Goods Games (with H. Rosenthal and N. Roy) Games and Economic Behavior, 2017.
Ignorance and Bias in Collective Decisions (with A. Elbittar, A. Gomberg, and C. Martinelli) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming.
Communication Among Voters Benefits the Majority Party (with K. Pogorelskiiy), Economic Journal, forthcoming.
Candidate Entry and Political Polarization: An Experimental Study (with J. Grosser), American Political Science Review, Forthcoming.
Communication and Information in Games of Collective Decision (with C. Martinelli), in Handbook of Experimental Game Theory (M. Capra, R. Croson, M. Rigdon, and T. Rosenblatt eds.) Edward Elgar, Forthcoming.
Stochastic Game Theory for the Social Sciences: A Primer on Quantal Response Equilibrium (with J. Goeree and C.), in Handbook of Experimental Game Theory (M. Capra, R. Croson, M. Rigdon, and T. Rosenblatt eds.) Edward Elgar, Forthcoming.
External Validation of Voter Turnout Models by Concealed Parameter Recovery (with A. Merlo) Public Choice, Forthcoming.
Rank-Dependent Choice Equilibrium (with J. Goeree, C. Holt, P. Louis, and B. Rogers), 2018, in A. Schram and A. Ule eds., The Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Experimental Economics, forthcoming.
Selected working papers
Trading Votes for Votes: A Dynamic Theory (with A. Casella), Working paper, Columbia University, revised July 2018.
The Effects of Income Mobility and Tax Persistence on Income Redistribution and Inequality (with M. Agranov), Social Science Working Paper #1423, California Institute of Technology, revised August 2018.
Trading Votes for Votes: An Experimental Study (with A. Casella), Working paper, Columbia University, June 2017.
The Political Economy of Public Debt: A Laboratory Study (with M. Battaglini and S. Nunnari), Working Paper #1415, California Institute of Technology, revised June 2018.