Professor Ralph-Christopher Bayer

Ralph-Christopher Bayer
Professor of Economics & Director of AdLab
School of Economics
Faculty of the Professions

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Professor Ralph-Christopher Bayer

I am working in the areas of behavioural and experimental economics, applied game theory, public economics and industrial organisation


Date Position Institution name
2015 Professor of Economics University of Adelaide
2011 - 2014 Associate Professor of Economics University of Adelaide
2007 - 2011 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can peer review
German Can peer review
Italian Can read and understand spoken


Date Institution name Country Title
London School of Economics United Kingdom PhD in Economics
University of Cologne Germany Diplom in Economics and Social Sciences (equivalent to Bachelor plus Masters)


Date Citation
2016 Bayer,R, Renou,L, 2016, Logical omniscience at the laboratory, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 64, 41-49 10.1016/j.socec.2016.06.003
2016 Bayer,RC, 2016, Cooperation and distributive conflict, Games and Economic Behavior, 97, 88-109 10.1016/j.geb.2016.04.002
2016 Bayer,R, 2016, Cooperation in partnerships: The role of breakups and reputation, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 172, 4, 615-638 10.1628/093245616X14610627109836
2016 Bayer,R, Renou,L, 2016, Logical abilities and behavior in strategic-form games, Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 39-59 10.1016/j.joep.2016.05.005
2016 Bayer,R, Cowell,F, 2016, Tax compliance by firms and audit policy, Research in Economics, 70, 1, 38-52 10.1016/j.rie.2015.07.003
2016 Deer,L, Bayer,R, 2016, Pledges of commitment and cooperation in partnerships, Games, 7, 1, 4-1-4-16 10.3390/g7010004
2015 Bayer,R, Oberhofer,H, Winner,H, 2015, The occurrence of tax amnesties: Theory and evidence, Journal of Public Economics, 125, 70-82 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2015.02.006
2015 Wu,H, Bayer,R, 2015, Learning from inferred foregone payoffs, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 51, 445-458 10.1016/j.jedc.2014.11.012
2014 Bayer,R, Wu,H, Chan,M, 2014, Explaining price dispersion and dynamics in laboratory Bertrand markets, Pacific Economic Review, 19, 3, 278-295 10.1111/1468-0106.12066
2013 Bayer,R, Renner,E, Sausgruber,R, 2013, Confusion and learning in the voluntary contributions game, Experimental Economics, 16, 4, 478-496 10.1007/s10683-012-9348-2
2013 Bayer,RC, Ke,C, 2013, Discounts and consumer search behavior: the role of framing, Journal of Economic Psychology, 39, 215-224 10.1016/j.joep.2013.08.003
2011 Bayer,R, Ke,C, 2011, Are consumers fooled by discounts? An experimental test in a consumer search environment, Economic Record, 87, 279, 575-586 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2011.00724.x
2010 Bayer,RC, 2010, Intertemporal price discrimination and competition, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 73, 2, 273-293 10.1016/j.jebo.2009.08.013
2009 Bayer,RC, Cowell,F, 2009, Tax compliance and firms' strategic interdependence, Journal of Public Economics, 93, 11-12, 1131-1143 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2009.07.007
2009 Bayer,RC, Sutter,M, 2009, The excess burden of tax evasion - An experimental detection-concealment contest, European Economic Review, 53, 5, 527-543 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2008.09.004
2007 Bayer,R, Chan,C, 2007, Network externalities demand inertia and dynamic pricing in an experimental oligopoly market, Economic Record, 83, 263, 405-415 10.1111/j.1475-4932.2007.00430.x
2006 Bayer,RC, 2006, Moral constraints and evasion of income tax, The ICFAI Journal of Public Finance, 4, 1, 7-31
2006 Bayer,RC, 2006, A contest with the taxman - the impact of tax rates on tax evasion and wastefully invested resources, European Economic Review, 50, 5, 1071-1104 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2005.03.002
2006 Bayer,RC, 2006, Finding out who the crooks are - tax evasion with sequential auditing, Singapore Economic Review, 51, 2, 195-228 10.1142/S0217590806002305

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2010 Bayer,RC, Cowell,F, 2010, Tax compliance by firms and audit policy, 25th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA 2010), Scotland
2009 Bayer,RC, Ke,C, 2009, Asymmetric price adjustment with costly consumer search: a laboratory study, Australian Conference of Economists (ACE), Adelaide
2009 Bayer,RC, Renner,E, Sausgruber,R, 2009, Confusion and reinforcement learning in experimental public goods games, European Economic Association (EEA) Annual Meeting, Scotland
2008 Bayer,RC, Renner,E, Sausgruber,R, 2008, Revisiting kindness and confusion in public goods experiments: Comment, Markets and Models: Policy Frontiers in the AWH Phillips Tradition, New Zealand
2007 Bayer,RC, Renou,L, 2007, Measuring the depth of iteration in humans, The International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Christchurch, NZ
2007 Bayer,RC, Chan,CY, 2007, The dirty faces game revisited, ESAM07, Brisbane
2006 Bayer,RC, 2006, Intertemporal Price Discrimination and Competition, Annual Congress of the European Economic Association. Conference (August, Vienna, Austria), Vienna, Austria
2005 Bayer,RC, Cowell,F, 2005, Tax compliance and firms' strategic interdependence, The Economic Society of Australia - Conference of Economists, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
2004 Bayer,RC, Chan,CY, 2004, Network externalities, demand inertia, and dynamic pricing in an experimental oligopoly market, Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society, Melbourne, Australia

Working Paper

Date Citation
2014 Bayer,RC, Oberhofer,H, Winner,H; 2014; The Occurrence of Tax Amnesties: Theory and Evidence

ARC discovery projects:

DP120101831: Effective and efficient coporate tax enforcement (with PI's Cowell from LSE and Sausgruber from Vienna)

DP140102949: Information Quality in Auctions of Multiple Objects (with CI Pezanis-Christou from Adelaide)


I typically teach courses in Microeconomics, Game Theory, Behavioural Game Theory and Experimental Economics and Australian Economic History on different levels.

I have been supervising the research of more than 25 PhD, MPhil and Honours students.

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2016 Editor Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
Professor of Economics & Director of AdLab
8223 1460
North Terrace
Nexus 10 Tower
Room Number
4 19
Org Unit
School of Economics