Todd Sarver

Todd Sarver

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

Sarver, T. “Dynamic Mixture-Averse Preferences.” Econometrica 86, no. 4 (January 1, 2018): 1347–82. Full Text

Ergin, H., and T. Sarver. “Hidden actions and preferences for timing of resolution of uncertainty.” Theoretical Economics 10, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 489–541. Full Text

Ahn, D. S., and T. D. Sarver. “Preference for Flexibility and Random Choice.” Econometrica 81, no. 1 (2013): 341–61. Full Text

Ergin, H., and T. Sarver. “The unique minimal dual representation of a convex function.” Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications 370, no. 2 (October 1, 2010): 600–606. Full Text

Ergin, H., and T. Sarver. “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 (January 1, 2008): 263–305. Full Text

Dekel, E., B. L. Lipman, A. Rustichini, and T. Sarver. “Representing preferences with a unique subjective state space: A corrigendum.” Econometrica 75, no. 2 (March 1, 2007): 591–600. Full Text

Lenzo, J., and T. Sarver. “Correlated equilibrium in evolutionary models with subpopulations.” Games and Economic Behavior 56, no. 2 (August 1, 2006): 271–84. Full Text

Selected Grants

Evolution and Adaptation: Ambiguity Attitudes with Optimal Risk Preferences awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2022

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