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Alex Possajennikov

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Alex joined the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham in September 2002 as Lecturer, after getting undergraduate and masters degrees in Russia, PhD degree in the Netherlands, and working as a post-doc researcher in Germany. He became Associate Professor in the School in 2012.

Alex's complete cv can be downloaded from here in pdf format. Alex's Facewall page.

Expertise Summary

Alex's research interests are in the area of interactive decision making in economic situations, known as game theory. His recent research focuses on the co-evolution of preferences and strategies and the formation of beliefs in such situations. Work on evolution of preferences, which combines evolution and rationality, allows to endogenise the formation of preferences in certain interactive situations. Work on belief formation tackles questions of how beliefs can be formed and how equilibria can be obtained by an adaptive process. Since many economic situations can be described in the form of games, these questions are important for economic analysis.

Teaching Summary

Alex has teaching interests in Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics, as well as in more specialised areas of Game Theory, Computational Economics, Economics of Information, Public Economics and… read more

Research Summary

Currently Alex works on the experimental analysis of behavior and the formation of beliefs in signaling games, on behavior in bargaining situations with hidden information, and on strategic effects… read more

Selected Publications

Alex has teaching interests in Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics, as well as in more specialised areas of Game Theory, Computational Economics, Economics of Information, Public Economics and Industrial Organisation. Alex has taught several modules in some of these areas at the School of Economics at Nottingham.

Currently, Alex is involved in teaching the following modules:

  • Microeconomic Theory (MSc)
  • Numerical Methods in Economics (3rd UG)
  • Public Sector Economics (2nd UG)

Previously, Alex also taught

  • Industrial Economics (2nd UG)
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory (MSc)
  • Mathematical Economics (1st UG)
  • Pre-sessional Mathematics (MSc)
  • Pre-sessional Econometrics (MSc)

Current Research

Currently Alex works on the experimental analysis of behavior and the formation of beliefs in signaling games, on behavior in bargaining situations with hidden information, and on strategic effects of different beliefs in interactive situations. Alex has also started or continued research projects on contest with incomplete information about the value of the prize, on encouraging effort in games with complementarities, and on the performance of economic mechanisms for eliciting information from a behavioural point of view.

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