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Vojtěch Bartoš won the 2017 Exeter Prize

Vojtěch Bartoš, assistant professor at the Economics Department, won the 2017 Exeter Prize for the best paper in Experimental Economics, Behavioural Economics, and Decision Theory.


Vojtěch Bartoš, together with his co-authors Michal Bauer (CERGE-EI), Julie Chytilová (FSV-CUNI), and Filip Matějka (CERGE-EI), won the 2017 Exeter Prize for the best paper published in the previous calendar year in a peer-reviewed journal in the fields of Experimental Economics, Behavioural Economics and Decision Theory. The prize was awarded for their paper "Attention Discrimination: Theory and Field Experiments with Monitoring Information Acquisition", published in the American Economic Review.

Their paper proposes a theory of discrimination in which levels of attention to information about applicants to a market depend both on whether the applicant is a member of an “attractive” group and on the structural features of the market. Methodologically, it seeks to test theory about the processes leading to observed outcomes with enhanced measurement tools, rather than rely solely on comparative static predictions that neglect those processes. Field experiments complement prior laboratory research into the processes of selective attention and span rental housing and labor markets in the Czech Republic and Germany. The results support some core hypotheses about discrimination and raise nuanced hypotheses for future normative research.

The Exeter prize is an international award that has been established in 2012. The winning paper was selected by a panel of top economists from a large number of competing papers, including many published in the most prestigious economics journals. The authors will be visiting the University of Exeter to receive the award and give a public lecture in late November.

For past winners and finalists see the Exeter website .