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Professor Shaun Hargreaves Heap


Professor of Political Economy

Postal Address:

Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG




Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 1689

Room number: 9.05 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office hours:
Tuesday 5-6pm
Wednesday 11am-12pm


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.  


‘Preference conformism: an experiment’ (with E. Fatas and D. Rojo Arjona) European Economic Review  (June 2018, 105, 71-82).

‘Social information ‘nudges’: an experiment with multiple group references’ (with A.Ramalingam and D. Rojo-Arjona), Southern Economic Journal, July 2017, 84 (1), 348-365.

‘Coordination when there are restricted and unrestricted options’ (with R. Sugden and D.Rojo-Ajona), Theory and Decision June 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 (forthcoming).

‘Endowment inequality in public goods games: a re-examination’ (with A. Ramaligan and B. Stoddard’, Economic Letters, 2016, 146 (September), 4-7.

‘Doggedness or disengagement? An experiment on the effect of inequality in endowment on behaviour in team competitions’ (with A&S Ramalingam and B.  Stoddard), Journalof Economic Behavior and Organisation, 2015, 120 (December), 80–93.

‘An experiment on individual ‘parochial altruism’ revealing no connection between individual ‘altruism’ and individual ‘parochialism’ (with P. Corr, C. Segar and K.Tsutsui), Frontiers of Psychology, August 2015, article 1261.

‘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.

‘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.

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

‘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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