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Vai-Lam Mui is an associate professor in the Department of Economics.

For more information about his research, current CV and working papers, please go to his personal website at: https://sites.google.com/site/vailammui2/.


Vai-Lam obtained his Ph.D in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are in applied microeconomic theory, behavioural economics, the economics of organizations and institutions, experimental economics, and political economy.

Vai-Lam has done theoretical work in the economics of envy, as well as in the political economy of social purges such as the European witch-hunt, McCarthyism, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. He has also done work that combined the laboratory method with behavioural economics and political economy. For example, one of his recent research projects uses the laboratory method to study the political economy of leader transgression against the rights of subordinates. It investigates how different kinds of social interactions between subordinates - such as non-binding communication between them--may trigger concerns beyond narrow self-interests and facilitate collective resistance against leader transgression.

He has published in journals such as The Economic Journal, Economic Theory, Experimental Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Journal of Mathematical Psychology, and Strategic Organization. Currently, he serves on the editorial board of Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.






Research area keywords

  • Applied Microeconomic Theory
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economics of Organisations and Institutions
  • Experimental Economics
  • Political Economy

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Research Output

Individual versus group choices of repeated game strategies: a strategy method approach

Cason, T. N. & Mui, V-L., Mar 2019, In : Games and Economic Behavior. 114, p. 128-145 18 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

Prior interaction, identity, and cooperation in the Inter-group Prisoner's Dilemma

Cason, T. N., Lau, S-H. P. & Mui, V-L., Oct 2019, In : Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 166, p. 613-629 17 p.

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The prince—or better no prince? The strategic value of appointing a successor

Konrad, K. A. & Mui, V-L., 1 Nov 2017, In : Journal of Conflict Resolution. 61, 10, p. 2158-2182 25 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Individual versus group play in the repeated coordinated resistance game

Cason, T. N. & Mui, V-L., 2015, In : Journal of Experimental Political Science. 2, 1, p. 94 - 106 13 p.

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Rich communication, social motivations, and coordinated resistance against divide-and-conquer: A laboratory investigation

Cason, T. N. & Mui, V-L., 2015, In : European Journal of Political Economy. 37, p. 146 - 159 14 p.

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8 Citations (Scopus)