Antonio Penta

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Antonio Penta is an economic theorist who joined ICREA in October 2018. He is also Professor of Economics at UPF and at the Barcelona GSE. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor (2010-2016) and then tenured Associate Professor (2016-2018) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated in Economics from Bocconi Univ. in 2004, and in 2010 he obtained a M.A. and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and Associate Faculty at the Toulouse School of Economics. In 2017, he was awarded an ERC-Starting Grant.

Research interests

My research spans a range of areas within game theory, mechanism design and behavioral economics, combining a variety techniques and methodologies.

In game theory and mechanism design, most of my research has focused on problems of robustness with respect to various forms of model misspecification.

Within behavioral economics, my research  has mostly focused on understanding and modeling individuals’ reasoning processes. This line of research involves both experimental methodology and theoretical work, and it is aimed at developing theoretical models of reasoning which take into account the interaction between individuals’ incentives and their cognitive abilities.

Most recently, I have also engaged into more applied research, to understand the impact of Digital Marketing Agencies on the auction formats used to sell online advertisement space.  I focus both on the agencies’ new opportunities to generate surplus for their clients and on the impact on the sellers’ revenues.

Selected research activities

In 2018, prior to joining ICREA in October:

Conferences and workshops:

– UBC-HKU Summer Workshop in Economic Theory (Vancouver, CAN),
– Warwick Economic Theory Workshop, (Univ. of Warwick, UK),
– Sixth Southampton-Bristol Workshop in Economic Theory, (Southampton, UK),
– LOFT XIII Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory, Bocconi Univ. (Milan, Italy).

Invited talks and seminars:

Univ. of Bonn (Germany),
– CERGE-EI, Prague (Czech Republic),
– Roy Econ-Theory seminar at the Paris School of Economics (France)
– Univ of Groningen (Netherlands)
– Toulouse School of Economics (France)

Short research visits include the Toulouse School of Economics and the Univ. of Primorska (Koper, SLO).

Member of the scientific committee of the 2018 Econometric Society European Meeting at the Univ. of Cologne, the LOFT XIII Conference on Logic and the Foundations of Game and Decision Theory (Bocconi Univ., Milan) and the 2018 North American Summer Meetings of the Econometric Society at UC-Davis.

Co-organizer and committee member for the workshop on Bounded Rationality, Cognition and Strategic Uncertainty at the Barcelona GSE Summer Forum.