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I am an economist and game theorist working on social dynamics. I focus on the economic causes and consequences of social institutions, including:


  • Social norms 
  • Social Learning
  • Cultural transmission of preferences
  • Group identity 
  • Religious belief and organization
  • Radicalization

This is part of a larger program on the social foundations of human rationality.  


Apart from research, I have contributed to this program by co-editing the volume Advances in the Economics of Religion (Palgrave 2019),  and serving as Executive Committee member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, Board Member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics and Culture (ASREC), Board Member and Faculty Fellow of the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS), Core Associate of the Network for Economic Research on Identity, Norms and Narratives (ERINN),  Associate of Theoretical Research in Development Economics (ThReD), Faculty Affiliate of the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization Center (ACO), the Center for Global Peace & Conflict Studies (CGPACS) and the Religious Studies Program at UC Irvine.


I am Associate Professor of Economics (primary) and Logic & Philosophy of Science (courtesy) at the University of California-Irvine, where I teach game theory and political economy. 


I have held visiting positions at Oxford, NYU, Stanford and Warwick.


I was educated at the University of Oxford (DPhil, MPhil, Monash scholar) and the University of Western Australia.

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Contact

University of California Irvine, 3151 Social Science Plaza, Irvine CA 92697

jpcarv@uci.edu