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Behavioural economics and strategic decision-making: Studying the effect individual personality traits and intelligence have on strategic behaviour

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Massaro
    Dr Proto
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD position, on “behavioural economics and strategic decision-making” under the supervision of Dr. Massaro and Dr. Proto, respectively at the Warwick Business School (Behavioural Science) and at the Department of Economics at Warwick. This project is part of an ongoing research endeavour on strategic behaviour, developed with Prof. Aldo Rustichini at the University of Minnesota, Economics. The candidate will be expected to have frequent interactions and collaboration with Prof. Rustichini.

This is an open-call for a position commencing in Autumn 2016 (self-funded or externally funded only) or for Autumn 2017 (with scholarship opportunities, in this case please contact us after August 2016).

Specifically, this PhD project seeks to further current knowledge on how individuals’ characteristics affect strategic behaviour. While economists, cognitive scientists, and game theorists have analysed a wide range of strategic interactions, still little is known on the effect individual personality traits and intelligence have on such interactions. By focusing on these traits, the research aims to shed lights on what the specific roles of personality traits and intelligence are in influencing strategic decisions and behaviour, and to show how such a deeper understanding can lead to better real-world outcomes (e.g., design, implementation, interventions).

Mixed methods may be used, including literature reviews, surveys, fieldwork, game theory approaches, and experimental studies. These approaches may also include psycho-physiological and higher-resolution neuroimaging methods.

Candidate specification
We seek to recruit a highly motivated student with strong numeracy and/or experimental skills. The ideal candidate will have a minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (economics, mathematics, physics, computer science, cognitive sciences, psychology, neuroscience). A Masters degree (awarded or expected) and an interest in the study of strategic decision-making and neuroeconomics are desirable. Proficiency in oral and written English is required according to the University Regulations (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply
Candidates interested in the project are encouraged to contact Dr. Massaro ([email protected]) and Dr. Proto ([email protected]) including a copy of their CVs.

Funding Notes

UK/EU scholarships may be available at the University of Warwick for 2017/18 intake. Please see the website for deadlines and instructions (http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/academicoffice/gsp/scholarship/typesoffunding).

Applications from self-funded candidates are always welcome.

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