Professor Ralph-Christopher Bayer

Professor Ralph-Christopher Bayer
 Position Professor of Economics & Director of AdLab
 Org Unit School of Economics
 Telephone +61 8 8313 4666
 Mobile +61 4 0826 6155
 Location Floor/Room 4 19 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Ralph-C Bayer joined the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide in 2002 after completing his PhD at the London School of Economics. During his tenure at Adelaide, Professor Bayer has established AdLab -- the Adelaide Laboratory for Experimental Economics, one of the first experimental laboratories for Economics in Australia. Professor Bayer currently is the director of AdLab. Ralph’s research focuses on experimental economics and behavioural game theory, with a keen interest in public economics, industrial organisation and sports economics. Professor Bayer's research has been published in leading Economics Journals. He has presented his work at numerous conferences and invited seminars all around the world. Professor Bayer is currently serving as one of the two editors of the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.


  • Qualifications

    * Ph.D. Economics, 2002, London School of Economics (Advisor: Frank Cowell)

    * Diplom Volkswirt (comparable to MA Economics), 1997, University of Cologne, ranked first for the year

  • Research Interests

    Prof Bayer's research focuses on behavioural economics, experimental economics and game theory. Prof Bayer is particularly interested in explaining why humans' behaviour regularly deviates from what standard game theory predicts. His experimental studies focus on limited cognitive abilities, social preferences and reciprocity. In more traditional work Prof Bayer has worked extensively on topics related to tax evasion of individuals and firms and on questions related to market structure and conduct.

    Prof Bayer has been the principal investigator of two ARC Discovery Projects. One project is aiming at designing methods and procedures for an effective and efficient coporate tax enforcement, while the other project (together with Paul Pezanis-Christou) researches efficient ways to sell multiple objects in auctions.

    Prof Bayer currently is a principal investigator on a project for the International Olympic Committee that looks at innovative mechanisms for doping prevention (together with Liam Lenten from Latrobe University).


  • Publications

    For my publications please go to my university research profile by clicking on the blue button above.

    For recent working papers please see

  • Files

  • Media Expertise

    CategoriesEconomics & Finance
    ExpertiseBehavioural Economics; Experimental Economics; Public Finance; Tax Evasion; Competition Policy
    Mobile0408 266 155
    After hours0408 266 155

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