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Shaun Hargreaves Heap

Professor of Political Economy



Contact Details:

Department of Political Economy
Room S2.37
Strand Building
Strand Campu
London WC2R 2LS

+44 (0)20 7848 1689

Office Hours:

Wednesday: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 11:00am


Shaun Hargreaves Heap was an undergraduate at Oxford, did his PhD at UC Berkeley and taught in the School of Economics, University of East Anglia, before coming to King’s in 2013. He has also held visiting positions at Concordia University in Montreal and the University of Sydney.


Shaun teaches macroeconomics, behavioural economics and political economy.


His current research using experiments is on the social influences (e.g. the role of group membership and the influence of peers) on individual decision making and his current research on the regulation of media industries is concerned with media pluralism and the future of public service broadcasting.  


How portable is level-0 behavior? A test of Level-k theory in games with non-neutral frames’, (with D. Rojo-Arjona and R. Sugden), Econometrica (forthcoming)

‘What is the meaning of behavioural economics?’ Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2013, 37(5), 985-1000.

‘Trust, inequality and the market’ (with J. Tan and D. Zizzo) Theory and Decision, 2013, 74, 311-333.

‘A test of the experimental method in the spirit of Popper’ (with A. Verschoor and D. Zizzo), Journal of Economic Methodology, 19 (1) March 2012, 63-76. 

‘The value of groups’ (with D. Zizzo), American Economic Review, 99, March 2009, 295-323.

‘Preference change and increasing wage inequality’ (with S.Connolly) Labour, March 2007, 43-55. 

‘Cross country differences in trust in television and the governance of public broadcasters’ (with S.Connolly) Kyklos, January 2007, p.3-14.

'The diffusion of ideas in the academy: a quantitative illustration from economics’ (with A.Parikh) Research Policy, December 2005, 1619-1632.

‘Television in the digital age: what role for public service broadcasting?’ Economic Policy January 2005, p.111-58.

‘A Note on participatory decision making, rationality and social capital’ Cambridge Journal of Economics, May 2004, p.457-67.

‘Some experimental evidence on the evolution of discrimination, cooperation and the perception of fairness’ (with Y. Varoufakis) Economic Journal, July 2002, p.679-703.

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