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David Myatt

Professor of Economics

BSc (LSE), DPhil (Oxford & Nuffield College)

Professor David P. Myatt’s focuses his academic research on the tools of game theory (the scientific analysis of strategic decision-making) applied to diverse settings, including business strategy; macroeconomic coordination; and political science. 

In addition to his role as Professor of Economics at London Business School, he is an Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford; an Associate Fellow of the Department of Economics, University of Warwick; and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Prior to LBS, David held various academic positions within the University of Oxford – including Fellowships of St Catherine's College and Nuffield College.

His teaching has ranged across the full portfolio of London Business School programmes. He teaches core subjects of these programmes including: tools for output choice, pricing, and market segmentation – in markets where businesses seek to successfully exploit their market power – and the development of game theory tools for use in a variety of strategic decision-making situations.

Professor Myatt’s academic research papers have been published in the top economics and political science academic journals. He has been Editor of the Economic Journal for the Royal Economic Society and is currently Co-Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory.

In his consulting activities, he has advised a broad variety of clients on competition policy, auction strategy, business organisation and various aspects of the regulatory environment.


A theory of protest voting

Myatt D P

Economic Journal 2015 Forthcoming

Cournot competition and the social value of information

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Journal of Economic Theory 2015 Vol 158:B p 466-506

The properties of product-line prices

Johnson J P; Myatt D P

International Journal of Industrial Organization 2015 Forthcoming


Central bank communication design in a Lucas-Phelps economy

Myatt D; Wallace C

Journal of Monetary Economics 2014 Vol 63 p 64-79


Dynamic government performance: Honeymoons and crises of confidence

Dewan T; Myatt D P

American Political Science Review 2012 Vol 106:1 p 123-145

Endogenous information acquisition in coordination games

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Review of Economic Studies 2012 Vol 79:1 p 340-374

On the rhetorical strategies of leaders: Speaking clearly, standing back, and stepping down

Dewan T; Myatt D P

Journal of Theoretical Politics 2012 Vol 24:4 p 431-460


The declining talent pool of government

Dewan T; Myatt D P

American Journal of Political Science 2010 Vol 54:2 p 267-286


Evolution, teamwork, and collective action: Production targets in the private provision of public goods

David P. Myatt; Chris Wallace

Economic Journal 2009 Vol 119:534 p 61-90


An evolutionary analysis of the volunteer’s dilemma

David P. Myatt; Chris Wallace

Games and Economic Behavior 2008 Vol 62:1 p 67-76

The qualities of leadership: Direction, communication, and obfuscation

Torun Dewan; David P. Myatt

American Political Science Review 2008 Vol 102:3 p 351-368

When does one bad apple spoil the barrel? An evolutionary analysis of collective action

David P. Myatt; Chris Wallace

Review of Economic Studies 2008 Vol 75:2 p 499-527

Research Interests

In economics: game theory, macroeconomic coordination and theoretical industrial organisation. In political science: voting, leadership and executive performance.