Yan Xu

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I am an assistant professor in economics at the University of Vienna. I completed my Ph.D. at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tinbergen Institute in 2020. My research interests are in behavioral economics and decision theory. In particular, my work focuses on the elicitation of individual preferences (what people like) and private information (what people think) in different contexts.

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Simple bets to elicit private signals (with Aurelien Baillon) Theoretical Economics (2021), 16(3), pp.777-797.

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Two betting mechanisms elicit unverifiable truth when agents do not have a common prior and are not risk-neutral.

Working Papers

Measuring tastes for equity and aggregate wealth behind the veil of ignorance (with Jan Heufer and Jason Shachat)

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Is social preference behind a veil of ignorance the same as risk preference?

Revealed preferences over experts and quacks and failures of contingent reasoning

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Can we distinguish experts and quacks? Are we over-paying for quacks and under-paying for experts?

Will bayesian markets induce truth-telling? —An experimental study

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An experimental test of a market-based elicitation mechanism for private signals.

In Progress

Commitment and communication in Bayesian persuasion: theory and experiment (with Yun Wang)

When a sender has private information and communicates with a receiver, how to persuade and transmit information?

Revealed preference over lotteries on a probability simplex (with Jason Shachat)

What does the indifference curve look like on a probability simplex?

Correcting the Bayesian truth serum for risk attitudes

A betting mechanism extends the application of the Bayesian truth serum for risk-averse (loving) agents.