Todd Sarver

Todd Sarver

Associate Professor of Economics

External Address: 
232 Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, 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

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, 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 (October 2010): 600-606. Full Text

"A Unique costly contemplation representation." Econometrica 78, no. 4 (July 1, 2010): 1285-1339. Full Text

Sarver, T. "Anticipating Regret: Why Fewer Options May Be Better." Econometrica 76, no. 2 (March 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 (March 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

Selected Grants

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