Hamid Sabourian

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Chairs of Excellence 2012

Hamid Sabourian
University of Cambridge    UNITED KINGDOM

Hamid Sabourian is Professor of Economics and Game Theory at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of King’s College Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has also been the Chairman of the Faculty of Economics University of Cambridge from 2007 to 2011 and a Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College London University, the European University Institute, the London School of Economics, New York University, the University of California Los Angeles and Yale University. Professor Sabourian is a Fellow of Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory and an Associate Editor of two of the major economics journals: Journal of Economic Theory and Economic Theory. He received the Royal Economic Society UK Monograph Prize 1988 for the best monograph in Economics for UK Economists under 30 years old.

Professor Sabourian’s research interests include Economic Theory and Game Theory and their applications. In particular, Asset Prices with Asymmetric Information; Bounded Rationality; Evolutionary Game Theory; Implementation and Mechanism Design with applications to Auctions and Voting; Learning and Herd Behaviour in Financial Markets.

Professor Sabourian has made numerous contributions to Economic theory and Game theory and his work has been published in some of the major journals such Econometrica and the Journal of Economic Theory, and he has been an invited speaker to very many academic institutions and international conferences.


Project: Professor Sabourian’s research programme divides up into several themes in economic theory and game theory. He is particularly interested in understanding the impact of social learning - both herd and contrarian behaviour - in markets and organisations. His work in this area may help to understand better both the volatilities observed in financial markets and the paradoxical behaviour amongst experts and forecasters.

His other work looks at foundational questions in understanding the functioning of markets and design of organisations. He research on complexity of behaviour provides a foundation for competitive equilibrium analysis in market environments. He is also working on designing simple institutions/mechanisms to implement socially desired outcomes in repeated settings in which economic agents have private information.

Stay Period: JAN 13 - FEB 13 and APR 13 - JUL 13












"Herd and Contrarian Behaviour in Efficient Financial Markets”

 May 27 at 11:30h. Aula Multimedia 14.0.11 (Getafe Campus)

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