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economics educator

Robert Sugden is an English author in the area of cognitive and behavioural economics.

Background

Sugden, Robert was born on August 26, 1949 in Leeds, England. Son of Frank Gerald and Kathleen (Buckley) Sugden.

Education

Bachelor, University York, 1970. Doctor of Letters, University York, 1978. Master of Science, University College, Cardiff, Wales, 1971.

Career

Professor Sugden’s research combines game theory (mainly experimental game theory and coordination games) with moral and political philosophy. He is associated with the classical-liberal tradition of Hume, Mill, and Hayek. In his most cited work, Sugden explored how conventions of property, mutual aid, and voluntary supply of public goods can evolve spontaneously out of the interactions of self-interested individuals and can become moral norms.

Sugden investigated a number of violations of the von Neumann and Morgenstern's expected utility axioms, and developed regret theory as an alternative with Graham Loomes. In support of this work, he developed a number of experimental methods to test theories of decision under risk. His work also deals with economic methods, in which he argues that economic models are not abstractions from, or simplifications of, the real world, but rather descriptions of imaginary worlds whose validity can only be inferred by how reasonable their predictions are.

Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship, Leverhulme Trust, February 1998 – January 2003.

Achievements

  • Leverhulme Personal Research Professorship, Leverhulme Trust, February 1998 – January 2003.

Works

Connections

Married Christine Margaret Upton, March 26, 1982. Children: Joe Robert, Jane Sarah.

father:
Frank Gerald Sugden

mother:
Kathleen (Buckley) Sugden

spouse:
Christine Margaret Upton

child:
Jane Sarah Sugden

child:
Joe Robert Sugden