Tom Wilkening, PhD

Contact Information


Department of Economics

University of Melbourne

Victoria, 3010



tel. +61 3 8344 7027

fax. +61 3 8344 5104



I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne. I received my PhD from MIT in 2008.


My main research interests are in the field of mechanism design, experimental economics, and organizations. 


Working Papers

 "Protecting Antiquities:  A Role for Long-Term Leases?" (with Michael Kremer) [download article]


"Handing Out Guns at a Knife Fight:  Behavioral Limitations of Subgame-Perfect Implementation" (with Ernst Fehr and Michael Powell) [download article]

"Two-Sided Allocation Problems, Matching with Transfers, and the Impossibility of Ex Post Efficiency" (with David Delacretaz, Simon Loertscher, and Leslie Marx) [download article]


Published Papers

"The Role of Bounded Rationality and Imperfect Information in Subgame Perfect Implementation - An Empirical Investigation" (with Philipe Aghion, Ernst Fehr, and Richard Holden) Forthcoming at the Journal of the European Economic Association. [download article]

"Information and the Persistence of Private-Order Contractual Enforcement Institutions:  An Experimental Analysis" European Economic Review, vol. 89. pages 193-215. October 2016. [download article]

"Evaluating the Impact of Visualization of Wildfire Hazard Upon Decision-Making Uncertainty" (with Lisa Cheong, Susan Bleisch, Allison Kelly, Kevin Tolhurst, and Matt Duckham) International Journal of Geographical Information Science, vol. 30(7). pages 1377-1404. January 2016. [link to article]

"A Long Way Coming:  Designing Centralized Markets with Privately Informed Buyers and Sellers" (with Simon Loertscher and Leslie Marx) Journal of Economic Literature. vol. 53(4). pages 857-97. December 2015.  [download article]

"Recursive Contracts, Firm Longevity, and Rat Races: An Experimental Analysis"

(with Peter Bardsley, Nisvan Erkal and Nikos Nikiforakis)  European Economic Review. vol. 61, pages 217-231. July 2013. [download article] [download instructions]


The Lure of Authority:  Motivation and Incentive Effects of Power" (with Ernst Fehr and Holger Herz) The American Economic Review. vol. 103(4). pages 1325-59. June 2013.  [download article] [translated instructions]

 "Regulatory Fog:  The Informational Origins of Regulatory Persistence" (with Patrick Warren) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. vol. 84(3), pages 840-856. December 2012. [download working paper] [link to article]
"Normative Conflict & Feuds:  The Limits of Self-Enforceement" (with Nikos Nikiforakis and Charles N. Noussair) Journal of Public Economics. vol. 96(9-10), pages 797-807. October 2012 [link to article] 

Published Review Papers

"Auction and Economic Design" (with Simon Loertscher) The Australian Economic Review, vol.  44(3), pages 347-354, September 2011 [download article]

"Experimental Economics:  Rethinking the Rules,"  The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 87(276), pages 178-180, March 2011 
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