Theodore L. Turocy, Behavioural game theorist

Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of East Anglia

Professor, School of Economics, University of East Anglia

Director, The Gambit Project

Engineer • Scientist • Scholar

Contact information

(General-interest) blog posts for the UEA School of Economics blog:

UPDATED! I gave a talk at the UEA Behavioural Game Theory Workshop on 24 June 2015 and the GW4 Conference on Game Theory and Applications in Cardiff on 10 May 2016, in which I did a live demonstration of some of Gambit's features for working with quantal response equilibria, as a Jupyter notebook. [View it online!], or get the source in my [gist at github].

[Full typeset CV in .pdf format] · Jump to: [Working papers] · [Published research] · [Surveys]

Gambit: Software Tools for Game Theory

I am the project maintainer of Gambit, the premier software package for computation in finite game theory.

Working papers

NEW! Fallucchi, F., Luccasen, R.A. and Turocy, T.L. Behavioural types in public goods games: A re-analysis by hierarchical clustering

[Version of 12 January 2017]

NEW! Chowdhury, S.M., Mukherjee, A. and Turocy, T.L. That's the ticket: Explicit lottery randomisation and learning in Tullock contests

[Version of 17 July 2017]

Turocy, T.L. and Cason, T.N. Bidding in first-price and second-price interdependent-values auctions: A laboratory experiment

[Version of 18 December 2015] · [Supplementary appendix with bid function fits] · [Data and bid function fit scripts] · [Full participant instructions, all treatments]

Mayer, A. and Turocy, T.L. Wage bargaining with direct competition and heterogeneous access to vacancies.

[Version of 16 December 2013]

Turocy, T.L. An inspection game model of the stolen base play in baseball: A theory of theft.

[Version of 22 August 2014] · [As SSRN working paper 2485178]

Kaplan, T.R. and Turocy, T.L. Behavioural bidding in first-price auctions: Marginal or average-case reasoning

Radoc, B., Sugden, R., and Turocy, T.L. Colour-coded decisions: An experiment on case-based decision theory.

Published original research

Xue, L., Sitzia, S., and Turocy, T.L. (2017) Mathematics self-confidence and the "prepayment effect" in riskless choices. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 135: 239-250.

[DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2017.01.014] · [As CBESS working paper 15-20R2] · [Data from experiments]

Rentschler, L. and Turocy, T.L. (2016) Two-bidder all-pay auctions with interdependent valuations, including the highly competitive case. Journal of Economic Theory 163: 435-466.

[DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2016.02.005] · [Final working paper version] · [Source code for algorithm and examples] · [As SSRN working paper 2446789]

Montero, M., Possajennikov, A., Sefton, M. and Turocy, T.L. (2016) Majoritarian Blotto contests with asymmetric battlefields: An experiment on apex games. Economic Theory 61(1): 55-89.

[DOI: 10.1007/s00199-015-0902-y] · [Free read-only version] · [Final working paper version] · [As SSRN working paper 2369056]

Vu, T.M., Siebers, P.-O., Skatova, A., and Turocy, T.L. (2015) Modelling the effect of individual differences in publishment sensitivity on behaviour in a public goods game. The 14th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation, September 21-23, 2015, Bergeggi, Italy.

[Conference paper]

Chowdhury, S.M., Sheremeta, R.M., and Turocy, T.L. (2014) Overbidding and overspreading in rent-seeking experiments: Cost structure and prize allocation rules. Games and Economic Behavior 87: 224-238.

[DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2014.05.004] · [Final working paper version] · [As SSRN working paper 2436018]

Lim, W., Matros, A. and Turocy, T.L. (2014) Bounded rationality and group size in Tullock contests: Experimental evidence. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 99: 155-167.

[DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.12.010] · [Final working paper version]

Gronberg, T.J., Luccasen, R.A., Turocy, T.L., Van Huyck, J.B. (2012) Are tax-financed contributions to a public good completely crowded-out? Experimental evidence. Journal of Public Economics 96: 596-603.

[DOI: 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2012.04.001] · [CBESS working paper 12-02]

Turocy, T.L., Watson, E. (2012) Reservation values and regret in laboratory first-price auctions: Context and bidding behavior. Southern Economic Journal 78(4): 1163-1180.

[DOI: 10.4284/0038-4038-78.4.1163] · [Final working paper version] · [Full dataset] · Instructions: [Profit frame] · [Surplus frame]

Turocy, T.L. (2010) Computing sequential equilibria using agent quantal response equilibria. Economic Theory 42(1): 255-269.

[DOI: 10.1007/s00199-009-0443-3]

Turocy, T.L. (2009) Covering your posterior: Teaching signaling games using classroom experiments. Journal of Economic Education 40(2): 188-199.

[DOI: 10.3200/JECE.40.2.188-199] · [Final working paper version]

Turocy, T.L. (2008) Auction choice for ambiguity-averse sellers facing strategic uncertainty. Games and Economic Behavior 62(1): 155-179.


Turocy, T.L. (2008) In search of the last-ups advantage in baseball: A game-theoretic approach. Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 4(2): 5.

[DOI: 10.2202/1559-0410.1104] · [Final working paper version]

Turocy, T.L. (2008) Towards a black-box solver for finite games: Finding all Nash equilibria with Gambit and PHCpack. In Software for Algebraic Geometry, Stillman, M.E., Takayama, N., Verschelde, J., eds. New York: Springer.

[Final working paper version]

Chen, Y., Razzolini, L., Turocy, T.L. (2007) Congestion allocation for distributed networks: An experimental study. Economic Theory 33(1): 121-143.

[DOI: 10.1007/s00199-007-0213-z]

Turocy, T.L., Watson, E., Battalio, R.C. (2007) Framing the first-price auction. Experimental Economics 10(1): 37-51.

[DOI: 10.1007/s10683-006-9130-4] · [Data and programs] · Instructions: [Sealed] · [Silent] · [Dutch]

Turocy, T.L. (2007) On the sufficiency of transitive preferences. Economics Bulletin 4(22): 1-9

[Published version]

Turocy, T.L. (2005) A dynamic homotopy interpretation of the logistic quantal response equilibrium correspondence. Games and Economic Behavior 51(2): 243-263.

[DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2004.04.003]

Turocy, T.L. (2005) Offensive performance, omitted variables, and the value of speed in baseball. Economics Letters 89(3): 283-286.

[DOI:10.1016/j.econlet.2005.05.039] · [Longer working paper version]

Plott, C.R., Turocy, T.L. (1997) Intertemporal speculation under uncertain future demand: Experimental results. In Understanding Strategic Interaction: Essays in Honor of Reinhard Selten, Albers, W., Guth, W., Hammerstein, P., Moldovanu, B., van Damme, E., eds. Berlin: Springer

Not currently available online

Survey articles

Turocy, T.L. (2011) Software for solving noncooperative strategic form games. In Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science.

[DOI: 10.1002/9780470400531.eorms0801] · [Working paper version]

Turocy, T.L. (2007) Computation in finite games: Using Gambit for quantitative analysis. In Positive Changes in Political Science: The Legacy of Richard D. McKelvey's Most Influential Writings, Aldrich, J.H., Alt, J.E., and Lupia, A., eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 475-487.

[Working paper version]

Turocy, T.L., von Stengel, B. (2002) Game theory. In Encyclopedia of Information Systems, Volume 2. San Diego: Elsevier Science, 403-420.

[Working paper version LSE-CDAM-2001-09]