Robert Östling, Associate Professor

Institute for International Economic Studies
Stockholm University
SE-106 91
Stockholm, Sweden


Short presentation

My primary research interests are applied microeconomics and behavioral economics. I obtained my Ph.D. in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in 2008 and have been working at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) since then. I also enjoy writing about economics for a broader audience, primarily at the Swedish blog Ekonomistas.

Curriculum vitae


I regularly teach an undergraduate course in game theory called Economic Strategic Thinking and a PhD course in behavioral economics.

Work in Progress

Long-run Effects of Lottery Wealth on Psychological Well-being” (co-authors David Cesarini and Erik Lindqvist).

Windfall Gains and Stock Market Participation” (co-authors Joseph Briggs, David Cesarini and Erik Lindqvist). Revision requested by the Journal of Financial Economics.

Learning by Imitation in Games: Theory, Field and Laboratory” (co-authors Erik Mohlin and Joseph Tao-yi Wang) Revision requested by Games and Economic Behavior

"Generosity and Political Preferences" (co-authors Christopher T. Dawes, Magnus Johannesson, Erik Lindqvist, Peter Loewen, Marianne Bonde and Frida Priks). Revision requested by the Journal of Politics.


How Does Communication Affect Beliefs in One-shot Games with Complete Information?” (co-authors Tore Ellingsen and Erik Wengström). Games and Economic Behavior 107(1) 153-181.

The Effect of Wealth on Individual and Household Labor Supply: Evidence from Swedish Lotteries” (co-authors David Cesarini, Erik Lindqvist and Matthew J. Notowidigdo). American Economic Review 107(12) 3917-3946. Online Appendix, VoxEU blog post.

Wealth, Health, and Child Development: Evidence from Administrative Data on Swedish Lottery Players” (co-authors David Cesarini, Erik Lindqvist and Björn Wallace). Online Appendix. Quarterly Journal of Economics 131(2) 687–738.

Lowest Unique Bid Auctions with Population Uncertainty” (co-authors Erik Mohlin and Joseph Tao-yi Wang), Economics Letters 134, 53–57.

"Identity and Redistribution" (co-author Erik Lindqvist) Public Choice 155(3-4), 469-491.

"Testing Game Theory in the Field: Swedish LUPI Lottery Games" (co-authors Joseph Tao-yi Wang, Eileen Chou and Colin F. Camerer), American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 3(3) 1-33 (lead article). Related material: Online Appendixdata and code.

"Strategic Risk and Coordination Failure in Blame Games" (co-author Tore Ellingsen), Economics Letters 110(2), 90-92.

"Political Polarization and the Size of Government" (co-author Erik Lindqvist), American Political Science Review, 104(3), 543-565.

"The Effect of Competition on Physical Activity: A Randomized Trial"(co-authors Magnus Johannesson and Eva Ranehill), B.E. Journal of Economic Policy and Analysis (Topics), 10(1), Article 91.

"When Does Communication Improve Coordination?" (co-author Tore Ellingsen), American Economic Review 100(4), 1695-1724. Related material: Online Appendix 3.

"Economic Influences on Moral Values", The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Advances)9(1), Article 2. 

"Bounded Rationality and Endogenous Preferences", Ph.D. Dissertation, Stockholm School of Economics, 2008. 

"A Game Theoretic Model of the Northwestern European Electricity Market – Market Power and the Environment" (co-authors Wietze Lise, Vincent Linderhof, Onno Kuik, Claudia Kempfert and Thomas Heinzow), Energy Policy, 2006, 34(15), p 2123–2136.

Retired Working Papers

"Organizational Structure as the Channeling of Boundedly Rational Pre-play Communication" (co-author Tore Ellingsen). This paper has largely been replaced by "When Does Communication Improve Coordination?" above.

Selected publications in Swedish

200+ blog posts at Ekonomistas.

Five blog posts at Curie

"Kan en hjälpande knuff stjälpa en osynlig hand?" Literature survey written for the Swedish Consumer Agency.

"Kunskap måste gå före ideologi och populism”. Opinon article with several others in Dagens Nyheter, May 31, 2015.

"Arbetsmarknadsreformer för jobb och välfärd." (with Bertil Holmlund, Mårten Palme and Eva Mörk). See also article in Dagens Nyheter and other reports from the project about immigrants, international comparisons, Austria and the Netherlands.

"Varför värna den personliga integriteten?". Book chapter in Dalunde (ed.), Integritet i en global värld, Fores+Ivrig förlag, 2012.

"Nationalekonomins grunder" (with Erik Mohlin). Book chapter in Gerlach (ed.), Nationalekonomi för vänstern. Teori för jämlikhet och välfärd, Kata förlag, 2011.

"Paternalism". Book chapter in Gerlach (ed.), Nationalekonomi för vänstern. Teori för jämlikhet och välfärd, Kata förlag, 2011.

"Nationalekonomi för vänstern" (with Erik Mohlin and Peter Gerlach), Tvärdrag 2009/6.

"Beteendeekonomi och konsumentpolitik". Report on consumer policy written for the Swedish Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality, 2009.

"Från nationalekonomi till ekonomik?" (editorial with Martin Flodén), Ekonomisk Debatt, 2009, 37(3), p 3–4.

"Homo Economicus" (book review), Ekonomisk Debatt, 2006, 34(5), p 52–54.

"Den oekonomiska människan", Dagens Nyheter, January 18, 2006.

"Teorier spelar roll!" (reply), Ekonomisk Debatt, 2005, 33(6), p 58–59.

"Är nationalekonomin ideologisk?", Ekonomisk Debatt, 2005, 33(2), p 6–18

"Fett och beroende", Dagens Nyheter, May 3, 2005.

Additional information

I can also be reached at my mobile phone +46-70-5745792. My office is A862 which is located on the 8th floor in the A building (Universitetsvägen 10).