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Ian received a PhD from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and was a post-doctoral researcher at Wageningen University, Netherlands.

His work explores behavioural aspects of economic development, mostly using economic experiments. He's worked in several developing countries, including Uganda, Tanzania and Afghanistan.

Click here to see Dr Levely's website.

Office hours

Monday: 14.00 - 15.00

Wednesday: 10.00 - 11.00

Bush House NE 9.13 or MS Teams

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Research interests

  • Experimental and behavioural economics
  • Development economics


  • Quantitative Methods in Political Economy (7SSPP107)
  • Experimental Economics (6SSPP385)

PhD supervision

Ian is happy to supervise students or participate in projects using applied microeconomics, especially behavioural experiments in the lab and field. Some topics of interest include:

  • The link between economic behaviour and poverty.
  • The role of institutions in economic decision making.
  • Social preferences.
  • Group identity.
  • Intra-household bargaining

Latest publications

  • Sanctioning and Trustworthiness across Ethnic Groups: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan" with V. Bartoš . 2021. Journal of Public Economics, 194, (104347).
  • "Psychological Effects of Poverty on Time Preferences" with M. Bauer, V. Bartoš, and J. Chytilová. 2021. The Economic Journal, 131(638): pp. 2357–2382.
  • "How Stress Affects Performance and Competitiveness across Gender"  with J. Cahlikova and L. Cingl. (Forthcoming in Management Science).
  • Trusting Former Rebels: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Reintegration after Civil War with  M. Bauer and N. Fiala. 2018. The Economic Journal, 128(63):1786-1819.