Vai-Lam Mui

Assoc Professor

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

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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.







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

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Projects 2006 2008

Research Output 1997 2015

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Coordinating resistance through communication and repeated interaction

Cason, T. N. & Mui, V-L. 2014 In : The Economic Journal. 124, 574, p. F226 - F256 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Learning, teaching, and turn taking in the repeated assignment game

Cason, T., Lau, S-H. P. & Mui, V-L. 2013 In : Economic Theory. 54, 2, p. 335 - 357 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Using turn taking to achieve intertemporal cooperation and symmetry in infinitely repeated 2 x 2 games

Lau, S-H. P. & Mui, V-L. 2012 In : Theory and Decision. 72, 2, p. 167 - 188 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle