Professor Jonathan Thomas

Professor Thomas is a Fellow of both the Econometric Society and the British Academy.

Prof Jonathan Thomas

Professor of Economics

  • School of Economics

Contact details



Room 1.09, 31 Buccleuch Place

Areas of interest
Labour economics
Contract theory


Jonathan Thomas studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and held academic posts at Cambridge, Bristol, Warwick and St. Andrews before coming to Edinburgh in 2002.

He has held visiting positions at the Universities of Constance, Tilburg and Erasmus, Rotterdam. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a Fellow of the British Academy.

His research interests include game theory, contract theory, international debt and labour economics. Recently he has been working on the macroeconomic implications of equal treatment in labour markets.

Selected publications

  • “A Competitive Model of Worker Replacement and Wage Rigidity” (with Andy Snell & Zhewei Wang), Economic Inquiry. 53, 1, Jan 2015 pp. 419-430, DOI:

  • "Some Asymptotic Results in Discounted Repeated Games of One-sided Incomplete Information" with Cripps, M., (Mathematics of Operations Research 2003).
  • "Gift-giving, Quasi-credit and Reciprocity" with Worrall, T. (Rationality and Society 2002).
  • "Gradualism and Irreversibility" with Lockwood, B. (Review of Economic Studies 2002).
  • "Informal Insurance Arrangements in Village Economies" with Ligon, E. Worrall, T. (Review of Economic Studies 2002).
  • "Cooperation and Punishment" with Evans, B., (Econometrica 2001).

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