Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Jonathan Tan

Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)67904761
Office: HSS-04-78

  • PhD in Economics Summa cum laude European University of Frankfurt (Oder) 2006
  • BSc (Hon) in Economics University of Essex 2000
Jonathan H W Tan is a behavioral economist. He was previously Director of the Center for Research in the Behavioral Sciences and Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, Research Professor at DIW Berlin, Assistant Professor at Nottingham, Researcher then University Lecturer at the European University Viadrina, as well as Tutor and Research Assistant at the University of Oxford. He is Treasurer of the Association of Christian Economists UK and a Member of the Editorial Board at Journal of Economic Psychology.

Jonathan’s research involves Behavioral Game Theory, Experimental Economics, Health Economics, Public Economics, and Industrial Organization. He has published in journals such as American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Economic Theory, European Economic Review, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. His research has been covered by The BBC, People Management, The Guardian, New York Times, and El Pais, amongst others. He has also published opinion pieces on public policy for the Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.
Research Interests
Behavioral Game Theory, in particular boundedly rational reasoning and social preferences in games, especially but non-exclusively in dynamic games.

Experimental Economics is my primary data collection method, which I also complement with questionnaire data from social psychological inventories or from the German Social Economic Panel (SOEP). I also use experimental methods to explore individual differences in personality or socio-cognitions and cultural (in particular religious and ethnic) as influences on strategic behavior in groups and society.

Health Economics, Public Economics, and Industrial Organization are some of the main areas to which I apply behavioral and experimental insight. My recent projects involve organ and blood donation, public project collaboration, socially responsible investment, future transport systems, legislative bargaining, and R&D races.

I am happy to consult on policy and practice, as well as supervise PhD students, on projects related to these research areas. Please feel free to contact me.
Selected Publications
  • Chuah, S. H., S. Gächter, R. Hoffmann, and J. H. W. Tan. (2016). Religion, Discrimination and Trust Across Three Cultures. European Economic Review, 90, 280-301.
  • Tan, J. H.W., Y. Breitmoser, and F. Bolle. (2015). Voluntary Contributions by Consent or Dissent. Games and Economic Behavior, 92, 106-121.
  • Bolle, F., J. H. W. Tan, and D. J. Zizzo. (2014). Vendettas. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 6(2), 93-130.
  • Breitmoser, Y., J. H. W. Tan, and D. J. Zizzo. (2014). On the Beliefs Off the Path: Equilibrium Refinement due to Quantal Response and Level-k. Games and Economic Behavior, 86, 102-125.
  • Breitmoser, Y., J. H. W. Tan, and D. J. Zizzo. (2010). Understanding Perpetual R&D Races. Economic Theory, 44(3), 445-467.

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