UK Campus
Nottingham University Business School

Dr Jonathan H W Tan

BSc (Hon), Dr rer pol
Associate Professor in Economics
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8466414
Location: C33 (North Building, Jubilee Campus)

I am currently associate professor at Nottingham. Before joining Nottingham as a lecturer in 2007, I was a researcher then lecturer at the European University Viadrina (2002-2007), and a tutor and research assistant at the University of Oxford (2000-2002). I am Director for the Centre of Research in the Behavioural Sciences, Course Director for Industrial Economics, and am Member of the Editorial Board at the Journal of Economic Psychology.

My research involves behavioral economics and game theory. I work primarily on individual preferences, strategic reasoning, and group interaction in situations involving coordination, cooperation and conflict. Applications of interest include bargaining, contracts, competition, charity and public good contributions.

I have published in journals such as American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Economics Letters, Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Southern Economic Journal.

Research Interests
Microeconomics; Game Theory; Behavioural Economics; Experimental Economics; Public Economics; Industrial Organization; Risk

Administrative Roles
UG Course Director (Industrial Economics)
Co-Director of the Centre for Research in the Behavioural Sciences
The following lists my publications from 1996 to the present day.

Journal Articles

Tan, J.; Breitmoser, Y.; Bolle, F.(2015)., "Voluntary Contributions by Consent or Dissent", Games and Economic Behavior, Vol.92, pp. 106-121.

Bolle, F.; Tan, J.; Zizzo, D.(2014)., "Vendettas", American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Vol.6 (2), pp. 93-130.

Breitmoser, Y.; Tan, J.; Zizzo, D.(2014)., "On the Beliefs off the Path: Equilibrium Refinement due to Quantal Response and Level-k", Games and Economic Behavior, Vol.86, pp. 102-125.

Chuah, S.; Hoffmann, R.; Ramasamy, B.; Tan, J.(2014)., "Religion, Ethnicity and Cooperation: An Experimental Study", Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol.45, pp. 33-43.

Breitmoser, Y.; Tan, J.(2013)., "Reference Dependent Altruism in Demand Bargaining", Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Vol.92, pp. 127-140.

Hargreaves Heap, S.; Tan, J.; Zizzo, D.(2013)., "Trust, Inequality and the Market", Theory and Decision, Vol.74 (3), pp. 311-333.

Hoffmann, R.; Tan, J.(2012)., "Religion, Markets and Society: An Introduction", Homo Oeconomicus, Vol.29 (1), pp. 7-11.

Zizzo, D.; Tan, J.(2011)., "Game Harmony: A Behavioral Approach to Predicting Cooperation in Games", American Behavioral Scientist, Vol.55 (8), pp. 987-1013.

Breitmoser, Y.; Tan, J.; Zizzo, D.(2010)., "Understanding Perpetual R&D Races", Economic Theory, Vol.44 (3), pp. 445-467.

Perugini, M.; Tan, J.; Zizzo, D.(2010)., "Which is the More Predictable Gender? Public Good Contribution and Personality", Economic Issues, Vol.15 (1), pp. 83-110.

Kritikos, A.; Tan, J.(2009)., "Indenture as Self-Enforced Contract Device: An Experimental Test", Southern Economic Journal, Vol.75(3), pp.857-872.

Tan, J.; Vogel, C.(2008)., "Religion and Trust: An Experimental Study", Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol.29(6), pp.832-848.

Tan, J.; Zizzo, D.(2008)., "Groups, Cooperation and Conflict in Games", Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol.37 (1), pp. 1-17.

Kritikos, A.; Bolle, F.; Tan, J.(2007)., "The Economics of Solidarity: A Conceptual Framework", Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol.36 (1), pp. 73-89.

Poulsen, A.; Tan, J.(2007)., "Information Acquisition in the Ultimatum Game: An Experimental Study", Experimental Economics, Vol.10 (4), pp. 391-409.

Tan, J.; Bolle, F.(2007)., "Team Competition and the Public Goods Game", Economics Letters, Vol.96 (1), pp. 133-139.

Zizzo, D.; Tan, J.(2007)., "Perceived Harmony, Similarity and Cooperation in 2x2 Games: An Experimental Study", Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol.28 (3), pp. 365-386.

Tan, J.(2006)., "Religion and Social Preferences: An Experimental Study", Economics Letters, Vol.90 (1), pp. 60-67.

Tan, J.; Bolle, F.(2006)., "On the Relative Strengths of Altruism and Fairness", Theory and Decision, Vol.60 (1), pp. 35-67.

Tan, J.(2003)., "On Altruism, Christianity, and Economics", Journal of the Association of Christian Economists, Vol.32, pp. 8-16.

I am module convenor of the following modules:


Industrial Economics B: Games and Strategies
Risk, Information & Insurance

External Exminerships & Validations
2012 - 2013    Associate, Higher Education Academy

Nottingham University Business School

Jubilee Campus

telephone: +44 (0) 115 84 66602
fax: +44 (0) 115 84 66667