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Mr Matthew Walker

PhD Student


PhD candidate in Economics, researching on the interaction between price-setting institutions, contractual mechanisms and trust in economic interactions characterised by moral hazard. His research uses the methodology of controlled laboratory experiments to help understand market outcomes and individual behaviour. Specific applications include procurement process design, rental contracts and labour market agreements. He is supervised by Professor Jason Shachat, Dr. Kenju Kamei and Professor Daniel Zizzo.

Matt gained a First-Class BA (Hons) degree from the University of Nottingham in Economics with Hispanic Studies in 2014 and MSc with Distinction in Experimental Economics from Durham University in 2017. Prior to undertaking a PhD, he worked as a graduate at the Japanese financial services group Nomura. He receives doctoral funding from the ESRC through the National Productivity Investment Fund (2017-21), which aims to address research challenges identified in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

Research Interests

  • Trust and Trustworthiness in Imbalanced Markets
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioural Game Theory
  • Contract Design

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