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.
The Effects of Income Mobility and Tax Persistence on Income Redistribution and Inequality (with M. Agranov), 2020, European Economic Review, 123:April Online Appendix.
Communication Among Voters Benefits the Majority Party (with K. Pogorelskiiy), Economic Journal, February 2019, 129(618): 961-990.
Candidate Entry and Political Polarization: An Experimental Study (with J. Grosser), American Political Science Review, February 2019, 113(1): 209-225.
The Political Economy of Public Debt: A Laboratory Study (with M. Battaglini and S. Nunnari), Journal of the European Economic Association, August 2020, 18(4): 1969–2012.
Trading Votes for Votes: A Dynamic Theory (with A. Casella), Econometrica, March 2019, 87(2): 631-652.
Trading Votes for Votes: A Laboratory Study (with A. Casella), 2020, Games and Economic Behavior, forthcoming.
Ignorance and Bias in Collective Decisions (with A. Elbittar, A. Gomberg, and C. Martinelli) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2020, 174(June): 332-359.
Communication and Information in Games of Collective Decision (with C. Martinelli), 2019, 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. Holt), 2019, 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, July 2018, 176(1-2): 297-314.
Rank-Dependent Choice Equilibrium (with J. Goeree, C. Holt, P. Louis, and B. Rogers), 2019, in A. Schram and A. Ule eds., The Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Experimental Economics, 252-268.
Selected working papers
A Theory of Games Played by Teams of Players (with Jeongbin Kim and Jeffrey Zeidel), September 2020.
Binary Conflict: Theory and Experiment (with C. Holt), June 2020.