Review Pieces on Social Norms
Social Norms in Experimental Economics: Towards a Unified Theory of Normative Decision Making (Analyse & Kritik, 2020)
An Informational Framework for Studying Social Norms: An Extended Version (of a chapter)
Recent Papers
The Role of Meta-Context in Moral Decisions
(with Folco Panizza and Giorgio Coricelli)
Moral Opportunism and Excess in Punishment Decisions
(with Nitzan Merguei and Martin Strobel)
R&R in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
A Theory of Injunctive Norms
(with Erik Kimbrough)
submitted to American Economic Review
Axiomatic Models of Injunctive Norms and Moral Rules
(with Erik Kimbrough)
A Theory of "Descriptive" Norms
(with Erik Kimbrough and James Tremewan)
in progress, early draft available upon request
How Conformity Can Lead to Extreme Social Behaviour
(with Folco Panizza and Giorgio Coricelli)
submitted to PLoS Computational Biology
Incentives or Persuasion? An Experimental Investigation
(with Andreas Aristidou and Giorgio Coricelli)
R&R in The Economic Journal
Normative Acceptance of Power Abuse
(with Leonard Hoeft and Wladislaw Mill)
R&R in Management Science
Improving strategic thinking by observation: sophisticated learning vs. blind imitation (with Luca Polonio, Joshua Zonca, and Giorgio Coricelli)
submitted to Nature Human Behavior
Why Do People Follow Norms?
(with Jörg Gross)
prepared for Current Opinion in Psychology
Publications by Topic (see in chronological order)
Social Norms/Social Dilemmas
Gürdal, M.Y., Torul, O., Vostroknutov, A., 2020. Norm Compliance, Enforcement, and the Survival of Redistributive Institutions. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 178, 313-326
Vostroknutov, A., 2020. Social Norms in Experimental Economics: Towards a Unified Theory of Normative Decision Making. Analyse & Kritik, 42(1), 3-39


Eijkelenboom, G.G., Rohde, I., Vostroknutov, A., 2019. The Impact of the Level of Responsibility on Choices under Risk: The Role of Blame. Experimental Economics, 22(4), 794-814
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Kimbrough, E.O., Vostroknutov, A., 2018. A Portable Method of Eliciting Respect for Social Norms. Economics Letters, 168, 147-150


Gross, J., Emmerling, F., Vostroknutov, A., Sack, A.T., 2018. Manipulation of Pro-Sociality and Rule-Following with Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation. Scientific Reports, 8, 1827
Baader, M., Vostroknutov, A., 2017. Interaction of Reasoning Ability and Distributional Preferences in a Social Dilemma. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 142, 79-91

Gächter, S., Mengel, F., Tsakas, E., Vostroknutov, A., 2017. Growth and Inequality in Public Good Provision. Journal of Public Economics, 150, 1-13


Thomsson, K.M., Vostroknutov, A., 2017. Small-World Conservatives and Rigid Liberals: Attitudes Towards Sharing in Self-Proclaimed Left and Right. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 135, 181-192

Kimbrough, E.O., Vostroknutov, A., 2016. Norms Make Preferences Social. The Journal of the European Economic Association, 14(3), 608-638
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Kimbrough, E.O., Vostroknutov, A., 2015. The Social and Ecological Determinants of Common Pool Resource Sustainability. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 72, 38-53
Social Learning
Vostroknutov, A., Polonio, L., Coricelli, G., 2018. The Role of Intelligence in Social Learning. Scientific Reports, 8, 6896
Social Status

Rustichini, A., Vostroknutov, A., 2014. Merit and Justice: An Experimental Analysis of Attitude to Inequality. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114512
Vostroknutov, A., 2013. Preferences over Consumption and Status. Theory and Decision 74(4), 509-537


Vostroknutov, A., Tobler, P., Rustichini, A., 2012. Causes of Social Reward Differences Encoded in Human Brain. Journal of Neurophysiology 107, 1403-1412
Decisions under Uncertainty
Fioretti, M., Vostroknutov, A., Coricelli, G., 2021. Dynamic Regret Avoidance. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, forthcoming


Mengel, F., Tsakas, E., Vostroknutov, A., 2016. Past Experience of Uncertainty Affects Risk Aversion. Experimental Economics, 19(1), 151-176
Vostroknutov, A., 2012. Non-probabilistic Decision Making with Memory Constraints. Economics Letters 117, 303-305
Reasoning in Games
Hawes, D.R., Vostroknutov, A., Rustichini, A., 2012. Experience and Abstract Reasoning in Learning Backward Induction. Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience 6, 23


Gneezy, U., Rustichini, A., Vostroknutov, A., 2010. Experience and Insight in the Race Game. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 75, 144-155
Book Chapters
Tremewan, J., Vostroknutov, A., 2021. An Informational Framework for Studying Social Norms. In Chaudhuri, A., (ed): A Research Agenda for Experimental Economics. Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming

Coricelli, G., Polonio, L., Vostroknutov, A., 2020. The Process of Choice in Games. In Capra, M., Croson, R., Rosenblatt, T., Rigdon M., (eds): Handbook of Experimental Game Theory. Edward Elgar Publishing
Other Working Papers


A Model of Frames and Norms in Games
(with Erik Kimbrough and Joshua Miller)
working paper available upon request
A Theory of Reciprocity with Incomplete Information


Awareness in Repeated Games
(with Friederike Mengel and Elias Tsakas)
Ongoing Projects
American Politics and Motivated Reasonoing
(with Maxim Doiron, Elias Tsakas, and Kaj Thomsson)
Social Concerns in Firms
(with Michele Fioretti)
Emotions and Productivity
(with Christian Seel and Dainis Zegners)
Evolutionary Foundations of Norm Following
(with Hannes Rusch)
Norms in Contract Theory
(with Matthias Fahn)
Socially Responsible Investments
(with Peiran Jiao)
Normative Uncertainty
(with Folco Panizza and Erik Kombrough)
Learning Optimal Bayesian Strategy through Observation
(with Luca Polonio and Giorgio Coricelli)
Emotions in Games: Behavioral and fMRI Study
(with Arno Riedl, Evi Nalmpanti, and Vincent van de Ven)
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