Michalis Drouvelis

Michalis Drouvelis

The Department of Economics
Professor of Behavioural Economics

Contact details

The Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Michalis Drouvelis is a Professor of Behavioural Economics at the University of Birmingham, Department of Economics. He joined the Department of Economics in 2010 as a Lecturer and became a Senior Lecturer in 2012, a Reader in 2013 and a Professor in 2018. Before coming to Birmingham, he was part of the experimental centres at the University of York, EXEC (where he worked from 2008-2010) and the University of Nottingham, CeDEx (where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Robin Cubitt and Simon Gaechter).

Michalis' research interests lie in the area of behavioural and experimental economics. Recent research has focused on social preferences, on voluntary cooperation in the presence of free rider incentives, on expression of emotions and on coordination games. His work has been published in Games & Economic Behavior, Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, Experimental Economics, Theory and Decision, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Economics Letters.

Michalis is also affiliated with CESifo (Munich) and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization and Coordinating Editor for Theory and Decision.


  • PhD in Economics, University of Nottingham,  2009
  • MSc in Economics, University of Nottingham, 2004
  • B.Sc. in Economic and Regional Development, Panteion University (Greece)


  • Risk, Uncertainty and Information, (postgraduate module)
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics, (third year undergraduate module)


  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics
  • Psychology of Decision Making, Public Economics
  • Group Decision Making

Other activities

  • CESifo Network Research Fellow, Munich, Germany (since September 2017)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (since September 2012)


Recent publications


Drouvelis, M 2023, 'Dictator giving and taking: Evidence from Africa', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 209, pp. 326-333. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2023.03.021

Arroyos-Calvera, D, Drouvelis, M, Lohse, J & Mcdonald, R 2023, 'Improving compliance with COVID-19 guidance: a workplace field experiment', Behavioural Public Policy, pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.1017/bpp.2023.31

Drouvelis, M & Pearce, G 2023, 'Is there a link between intelligence and lying?', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 206, pp. 182-203. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2022.12.008

Drouvelis, M, Gerson, J, Powdthavee, N & Riyanto, YE 2023, 'Large losses from little lies: Strategic gender misrepresentation and cooperation', PLOS One, vol. 18, no. 3, e0282335. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0282335

Drouvelis, M & Pearce, G 2023, 'Leadership under the shadow of the future: intelligence and strategy choice in infinitely repeated games', European Economic Review, vol. 152, 104372. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2023.104372

Drouvelis, M & Gomez-Martinez, F 2023, 'The impact of group identity on experimental markets with externalities', European Economic Review, vol. 158, 104544. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2023.104544

Drouvelis, M & Marx, BM 2022, 'Can charitable appeals identify and exploit belief heterogeneity?', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 198, pp. 631-649. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2022.04.019

Drouvelis, M, Malaeb, B, Vlassopoulos, M & Wahba, J 2021, 'Cooperation in a fragmented society: experimental evidence on Syrian refugees and natives in Lebanon', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 187, pp. 176-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2021.04.032

Drouvelis, M & Paiardini, P 2021, 'Feedback quality and performance in organisations', The Leadership Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.leaqua.2021.101534

Drouvelis, M & Grosskopf, B 2021, 'The impact of smiling cues on social cooperation', Southern Economic Journal, vol. 87, no. 4, pp. 1390-1404. https://doi.org/10.1002/soej.12485

Drouvelis, M & Marx, BM 2020, 'Dimensions of donation preferences: the structure of peer and income effects', Experimental Economics, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10683-020-09661-z

Onen , BL, Harris, C, Ignatowicz, A, Davies, J, Drouvelis, M, Howes, A, Nkomazana, O, Lukwiya Onen, C, Sapey, E, Tsima, B & Lasserson, D 2019, 'Ageing, frailty and resilience in Botswana: rapid ageing, rapid change. Findings from a national working group meeting and literature review', BMC Proceedings, vol. 13, no. Suppl 10, 8. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12919-019-0171-z

Cornaglia, F, Drouvelis, M & Masella, P 2019, 'Competition and the role of group identity', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 162, pp. 136-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2019.04.022

Drouvelis, M & Georgantzis, N 2019, 'Does revealing personality data affect prosocial behaviour?', Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 159, pp. 409-420. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2019.02.019


Adena, M, Drouvelis, M & Huck, S 2023, 'Introduction to the special issue on ‘new directions in understanding philanthropic activities’', Oxford Economic Papers. https://doi.org/10.1093/oep/gpad035

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