Professor József Sákovics

József is a theoretical microeconomist with wide-ranging interests.

Prof József Sákovics

Personal Chair in Economic Theory

  • School of Economics

Contact details



Room 1.14, 31 Buccleuch Place

Areas of interest
Consumer behaviour
Decentralised markets
Game theory


József studied engineering in his native Hungary before he went to Stanford for an MSc in operations research and a PhD in decision science.

He followed up with a post-doc in CentER (Netherlands) before settling in Barcelona at the Institute for Economic Analysis.

In 2000, he uprooted his Spanish family and joined the University of Edinburgh, where he served as Head of Economics in 2008-2009.

Selected publications

  • "Tractable consumer choice" with Friedman, D. (Theory and Decision, 2014).
  • "Who matters in coordination problems?" with Steiner, J. (American Economic Review, 2012).
  • “A theory of agreements in the shadow of conflict: The genesis of bargaining power” with Esteban, J. (Theory and Decision, 2008).
  • "A dynamic theory of hold-up" with Che, Y. (Econometrica, 2004).
  • "Collective versus Individual Sale of Television Rights in League Sports" with Falconieri, S. Palomino, F. (Journal of the European Economic Association, 2004).
  • "Games of incomplete information without common knowledge priors" (Theory and Decision, 2001).
  • "Walras retrouvé: decentralized trading mechanisms and the competitive price" with De Fraja, G. (Journal of Political Economy, 2001).
  • "Imperfect competition in auction designs" with Burguet, R. (International Economic Review, 1999).

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