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 a 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

"Defaults and Cognitive Effort" (with Andreas Ortmann, Dmitry Ryvkin, and Jingjing Zhang) [download article]  Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization

"Using Cross-Domain Expertise to Aggregate Judgments when Within-Domain Expertise is Unknown" (with Peirs Howe and Marcellin Martinie) [download article] Revise and Resubmit at Decision

"Market Design for Land Trade:  Evidence from Uganda and Kenya" (with Gharad Bryan, Jonathan de Quidt, Marijose Silva-Vargas, and Nitin Yadav) [download article]

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

"Wicked Defaults" (with Andreas Ortmann, Dmitry Ryvkin, and Jingjing Zhang) [download article]


Published Papers

"Getting Dynamic Implementation to Work" (with Yi-Chun Chen, Richard Holden, Takashi Kunimoto, and Yifei Sun) Forthcoming at the Journal of Political Economy

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"Hidden Experts in the Crowd:  Using Meta-Predictions to Leverage Expertise in Single-Question Prediction Problems" (with Marcellin Martinie and Piers D.L. Howe)  Management Science. January 2022. [author accepted manuscript] [link to published version]

"Cognitive Heterogeneity and Complex Belief Elicitation" (with Ingrid Burfurd) Experimental Economics. vol 25. Pages 557-592. January 2022.  [download paper and instructions

"Behavioral Constraints on the Design of Subgame-Perfect Implementation Mechanisms" (with Ernst Fehr and Michael Powell) American Economic Reviewvol 111(4). Pages 1055-1091. April 2021

"Using Meta-Predicitons to Identify Experts in the Crowd when Past Performance is Unknown" (with Marcellin Martinie and Piers D.L.Howe) PLoS ONE 15(4): e0232058, pages 1-11. April 2020. [link to paper]

"Two-Sided Allocation Problems, Decomposability, and the Impossibility of Efficient Trade" (with David Delacretaz, Simon Loertscher, and Leslie Marx)  Journal of Economic Theory.  vol 179. pages 416-454.  January 2019.  [download article]

"Experimental Guidance for Eliciting Beliefs with the Stochastic Becker-Degroot-Marshack Mechanism" (with Ingrid Burfurd)  Journal of the Economic Science Association. vol 4(1). pages 15-28.  July 2018. [download article]

"The Role of Bounded Rationality and Imperfect Information in Subgame Perfect Implementation - An Empirical Investigation" (with Philipe Aghion, Ernst Fehr, and Richard Holden) Journal of the European Economic Associationvol 16(1). pages 232-274.  January 2018. [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

"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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