Department of Economics

Dr Javier Rivas


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Dr Javier Rivas joined the department in 2013 as Senior Lecturer after working for five years as a Lecturer at the University of Leicester.

Dr Rivas received a PhD and MSc in Economics from the European University Institute (Italy). He also holds a PGC in Higher Education by the University of Leicester, a BSc in Economics by the University of Alicante (Spain) and a BSc in Mathematics by the UNED (Spanish Open University, Spain).

Dr Rivas conducts his research in the area of Game Theory and he has published several articles in top leading journals such as Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Mathematical Economics and Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Research interests

  • Game Theory
  • Public Economics
  • Evolutionary Game Theory
  • Political Economy



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

Rivas, J. and Rodriguez-Alvarez, C., 2017. Deliberation, leadership and information aggregation. The Manchester School, 85 (4), pp. 395-429.

Flores, M. and Rivas, J., 2017. Cash incentives and unhealthy food consumption. Bulletin of Economic Research, 69 (1), pp. 42-56.

Rivas, J., 2016. Private agenda and re-election incentives. Social Choice and Welfare, 46 (4), pp. 899-915.

Rivas, J., 2015. Mechanism design and bounded rationality:the case of type misreporting. Mathematical Social Sciences, 78, 1813.

Rivas, J., 2013. Cooperation, imitation and partial rematching. Games and Economic Behavior, 79 (1), pp. 148-162.

Rivas, J., 2013. Probability matching and reinforcement learning. Journal of Mathematical Economics, 49 (1), pp. 17-21.

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), pp. 1935-1704.

Rivas, J., 2010. The effects of the market structure on the adoption of evolving technologies. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 34 (12), pp. 2485-2493.

Rivas, J., 2009. Friendship selection. International Journal of Game Theory, 38 (4), pp. 521-538.


Rivas, J. and Rodriguez Alvarez, C., 2014. Deliberation, Leadership and Information Aggregation.Vol. Documentos de Trabajo del Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico (ICAE); nº 04, 2014,. Working Paper. Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Rivas, J., 2014. Mechanism Design and Robust Control. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Bath. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; 22/14)

Rivas, J., 2014. Regime Change and Critical Junctures. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Bath. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; 18/14)

Rivas, J., 2013. Private Agenda and Re-Election Incentives. Working Paper. Bath, U. K.: University of Bath Department of Economics. (Bath Economics Research Working Papers; 14/13)

Non-academic press

Rivas, J., 2017. Subsidies for healthy foods are a price worth paying to tackle obesity. The Conversation

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