Professor Friederike Mengel

Department of Economics
Professor Friederike Mengel
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    +44 (0) 1206 873417

  • Location

    5B.313, Colchester Campus

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  • PhD

  • University of Alicante 2008.

Research and professional activities

Research interests

(Evolutionary) Game Theory

Learning and Categorization

Models of (Bounded) Rationality

Social Networks

Behavioural and Experimental Economics

Family and health economics;

Teaching and supervision

  • Navigating the Digital World (CS220)

  • Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (EC914)

  • Cognitive Psychology and Economics (EC956)


Journal articles (26)

Mengel, F., Sauermann, J. and Zoelitz, U., Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations. Journal of the European Economic Association (11000)

Mengel, F., Risk and Temptation: A Meta Study on Prisoner's Dilemma Games. Economic Journal

Embrey, M., Mengel, F. and Peeters, R., Strategy revision opportunities and collusion. Experimental Economics

Mengel, F., Kovarik, J. and Romero, JG., (2018). Learning in Network Games. Quantitative Economics. 9 (1), 85-139

Gächter, S., Mengel, F., Tsakas, E. and Vostroknutov, A., (2017). Growth and inequality in public good provision. Journal of Public Economics. 150, 1-13

Mengel, F. and Rivas, J., (2017). Common value elections with private information and informative priors: Theory and experiments. Games and Economic Behavior. 104, 190-221

Calo-Blanco, A., Kovářík, J., Mengel, F. and Romero, JG., (2017). Natural disasters and indicators of social cohesion. PLoS ONE. 12 (6), e0176885-e0176885

Chen, Y. and Mengel, F., (2016). Social identity and discrimination: Introduction to the special issue. European Economic Review. 90, 1-3

Currarini, S. and Mengel, F., (2016). Identity, homophily and in-group bias. European Economic Review. 90 (37), 40-55

Mengel, F., Tsakas, E. and Vostroknutov, A., (2016). Past experience of uncertainty affects risk aversion. Experimental Economics. 19 (1), 151-176

Mengel, F., (2014). Learning by (limited) forward looking players. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 108, 59-77

Mengel, F., (2014). Computer Games and Prosocial Behaviour. PloS One. 9 (4), creators-Mengel=3AFriederike=3A=3A

Mengel, F., (2012). Learning across games. Games and Economic Behavior. 74 (2), 601-619

Mengel, F., (2012). On the evolution of coarse categories. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 307, 117-124

Grimm, V. and Mengel, F., (2012). An experiment on learning in a multiple games environment. Journal of Economic Theory. 147 (6), 2220-2259

Horváth, G., Kovářík, J. and Mengel, F., (2012). Limited memory can be beneficial for the evolution of cooperation. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 300, 193-205

Mengel, F. and Rivas, J., (2012). An Axiomatization of Learning Rules when Counterfactuals are not Observed. The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics. 12 (1), 1-19

Grimm, V. and Mengel, F., (2011). Let me sleep on it: Delay reduces rejection rates in ultimatum games. Economics Letters. 111 (2), 113-115

Fosco, C. and Mengel, F., (2011). Cooperation through imitation and exclusion in networks. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control. 35 (5), 641-658

Grimm, V. and Mengel, F., (2011). Matching technology and the choice of punishment institutions in a prisoner’s dilemma game. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 78 (3), 333-348

Mengel, F. and Peeters, R., (2011). Strategic behavior in repeated voluntary contribution experiments. Journal of Public Economics. 95 (1), 143-148

Grimm, V. and Mengel, F., (2009). Cooperation in viscous populations--Experimental evidence. Games and Economic Behavior. 66 (1), 202-220

Mengel, F., (2009). Conformism and cooperation in a local interaction model. Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 19 (3), 397-415

Mengel, F., (2008). Matching structure and the cultural transmission of social norms. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 67 (3-4), 608-623

Güth, W., Mengel, F. and Ockenfels, A., (2007). An Evolutionary Analysis of Buyer Insurance and Seller Reputation in Online Markets. Theory and Decision. 63 (3), 265-282

Mengel, F., (2007). The evolution of function-valued traits for conditional cooperation. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 245 (3), 564-575

Book chapters (1)

Grimm, V., Mengel, F., Ponti, G. and Viianto, LA., (2009). Investment incentives in auctions: An experiment. In: Experiments and Competition Policy. 267- 300. 9780511576201

Grants and funding


Homophily and (Over) - Confidence

British Academy


Early years interaction and strategic behaviour in economic games

The British Academy

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