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Prof Shaun Hargreaves Heap
Prof Shaun Hargreaves Heap

Professor Shaun Hargreaves Heap

Professor of Political Economy

Biography

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.

Research subject area

Experimental economics

Research

Shaun's current research using laboratory experiments is on the social influences (e.g. the role of group membership and the influence of peers) on individual decision making. He has also used online survey experiments to examine people’s post COVID-19 policy preferences.  

Teaching

PhD Supervision

Shaun will consider PhD supervision of any student who plans to use experiments in their PhD. He will also consider applications that are at the interface between economics and philosophy.

Selected publications

  • How does group identification affect redistribution in representative democracies’ (with E. Manifold. K. Matakos, and D. Xefteris)  Journal of Public Economics, 2022 (online, 215).
  • Vote and Voice: An experiment on the effects of inclusive governance rules’ (with K. Tsutsui and D. Zizzo). Social Choice and Welfare 2020 54(1), 111-139.
  • Preference conformism: an experiment’ (with E. Fatas and D. Rojo Arjona), European Economic Review, 2018, 105, 71-82.
  • ‘Social information ‘nudges’: an experiment with multiple group references’ (with A.Ramalingam and D. Rojo-Arjona), Southern Economic Journal , 2017, 84(1), 348-365
  • Co-ordination when there are restricted and unrestricted options’ (with R. Sugden and D. Rojo-Ajona), Theory and Decision, 2017, 83(1), 107-129.
  • 'The Political Influence of Peer Groups: Experimental Evidence in the Classroom’ (with C. Campos and F. Lopez de Leon), Oxford Economic Papers, 2017, 69(4), 963-985.
  • ‘Endowment inequality in public goods games: a re-examination’ (with A. Ramaligan and B. Stoddard’, Economic Letters, 2016, 146 (September), 4-7.
  • ‘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, 2014, 82(3), 1133-1151.
  • ‘The value of groups’ (with D. Zizzo), American Economic Review, 99, March 2009, 295-323.
  • ‘Some experimental evidence on the evolution of discrimination, co-operation and the perception of fairness’ (with Y. Varoufakis), Economic JournalJuly 2002, p.679-703.

Research

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Political Economy of Peace and Conflict

The Political Economy of Peace and Security research group analyses a wide range of conflicts, conflict resolution and institutional design for positive peace.

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Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

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Public Policy and Regulation Research Group

Public Policy and Regulation (PPR) is the home for theoretically and empirically grounded research which analyses policy and regulatory responses to important political, social and economic issues, and (individual-level) responses to these policies.

Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture in Economics
Politics, Philosophy and Economics Research Group

The PPE research group studies questions spanning the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics.

News

Vaccine is good news for science but bad news for governments

Trust in governments and elected politicians actually fell following the announcement of positive vaccine results from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer/BioNTech.

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COVID-19: Americans overwhelmingly support economic policy reset based on wealth taxes

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s political preferences could pave the way for Joe Biden to introduce lasting changes in US economy policy.

money

School's new Great Debates series will tackle global issues

A new series coming to King’s College London will seek to address some of the biggest questions of the modern age.

The School of Politics and Economics new Great Debates series

Go carefully on relaxing lockdown as majority put health before wealth, new research finds

Policy makers must tread carefully when relaxing lockdown measures as three quarters of Britons put health before wealth, a paper has found.

The majority of people prioritised protecting health over the economy.

Projects focused on Covid-19 pandemic receive funding

Academics from the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) feature among several project teams to have been backed with funding to investigate different...

The projects will be looking at various aspects of the pandemic.

Features

Informing the public debate on COVID-19

Academics from across the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy are helping us all better understand the huge societal shifts created by the COVID-19...

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Research

security camera
Political Economy of Peace and Conflict

The Political Economy of Peace and Security research group analyses a wide range of conflicts, conflict resolution and institutional design for positive peace.

quantative resized
Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

westminster
Public Policy and Regulation Research Group

Public Policy and Regulation (PPR) is the home for theoretically and empirically grounded research which analyses policy and regulatory responses to important political, social and economic issues, and (individual-level) responses to these policies.

Fourth Annual Distinguished Lecture in Economics
Politics, Philosophy and Economics Research Group

The PPE research group studies questions spanning the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics.

News

Vaccine is good news for science but bad news for governments

Trust in governments and elected politicians actually fell following the announcement of positive vaccine results from pharmaceutical giants Pfizer/BioNTech.

covid vaccine

COVID-19: Americans overwhelmingly support economic policy reset based on wealth taxes

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on people’s political preferences could pave the way for Joe Biden to introduce lasting changes in US economy policy.

money

School's new Great Debates series will tackle global issues

A new series coming to King’s College London will seek to address some of the biggest questions of the modern age.

The School of Politics and Economics new Great Debates series

Go carefully on relaxing lockdown as majority put health before wealth, new research finds

Policy makers must tread carefully when relaxing lockdown measures as three quarters of Britons put health before wealth, a paper has found.

The majority of people prioritised protecting health over the economy.

Projects focused on Covid-19 pandemic receive funding

Academics from the School of Politics and Economics (SPE) feature among several project teams to have been backed with funding to investigate different...

The projects will be looking at various aspects of the pandemic.

Features

Informing the public debate on COVID-19

Academics from across the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy are helping us all better understand the huge societal shifts created by the COVID-19...

Newspapers Image