Todd Sarver

Associate Professor of Economics

External Address: 
Social Sciences, 213, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-1855

Todd Sarver’s research focuses on microeconomic theory, decision theory, and behavioral economics. His interests include modeling psychological phenomenon such as regret and temptation, cognitive constraints and bounded rationality, and attitudes toward risk in dynamic environments. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, and his most recent work has been published in Econometrica, Theoretical Economics, and Games and Economic Behavior.


  • Ph.D., Boston University 2006

Ahn, D, Iijima, R, Yaouanq, Y, and Sarver, TD. "Behavioral Characterizations of Naiveté for Time-Inconsistent Preferences." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID), no. 238 (November 14, 2016). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Sarver, TD. "Mixture-Averse Preferences and Heterogeneous Stock Market Participation." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID), no. 229 (September 9, 2016). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Ergin, H, and Sarver, T. "Hidden actions and preferences for timing of resolution of uncertainty." Theoretical Economics 10, no. 2 (May 2015): 489-541. Full Text

Ahn, D, and Sarver, TD. "Comparative Measures of Naivet é." Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (ERID), no. 186 (April 28, 2015). (Working Paper) Open Access Copy

Ahn, DS, and Sarver, TD. "Preference for Flexibility and Random Choice." Econometrica 81, no. 1 (2013): 341-361. Full Text

Ergin, H, and Sarver, T. "The unique minimal dual representation of a convex function." Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 370, no. 2 (2010): 600-606. Full Text

Ergin, H, and Sarver, T. "A Unique costly contemplation representation." Econometrica 78, no. 4 (2010): 1285-1339. Full Text

Sarver, T. "Anticipating regret: Why fewer options may be better." Econometrica 76, no. 2 (2008): 263-305. Full Text

Dekel, E, Lipman, BL, Rustichini, A, and Sarver, T. "Representing preferences with a unique subjective state space: A corrigendum." Econometrica 75, no. 2 (2007): 591-600. Full Text

Lenzo, J, and Sarver, T. "Correlated equilibrium in evolutionary models with subpopulations." Games and Economic Behavior 56, no. 2 (2006): 271-284. Full Text

Collaborative Research: Foundations for Comparative Naivete and Sophistication awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2017