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David Myatt

Professor of Economics; Deputy Dean (Programmes)


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

Professor David P. Myatt 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.

2016

Information use and acquisition in price-setting oligopolies

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Economic Journal 2016 Forthcoming

2015

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 Vol 43 p 182-188

2014

Central bank communication design in a Lucas-Phelps economy

Myatt D; Wallace C

Journal of Monetary Economics 2014 Vol 63 p 64-79

2012

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

2010

The declining talent pool of government

Dewan T; Myatt D P

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

2009

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

Matt D P; Wallace C

Economic Journal 2009 Vol 119:534 p 61-90

2008

An evolutionary analysis of the volunteer’s dilemma

Myatt D P; Wallace C

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

The qualities of leadership: Direction, communication, and obfuscation

Dewan T; Myatt D P

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

Myatt D P; Wallace C

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

2007

Collective action: current perspectives

Myatt D P

in Durlauf S N and Blume L E, eds., The new Palgrave dictionary of economics, 2007

Leading the party: coordination, direction and communication

Dewan T; Myatt D P

American Political Science Review 2007 Vol 101:4 p 825-843

On the theory of strategic voting

Myatt D P

Review of Economic Studies 2007 Vol 74:1 p 255-281

Scandal, protection, and recovery in the cabinet

Dewan T; Myatt D P

American Political Science Review 2007 Vol 101:1 p 63-77

2006

Multiproduct Cournot oligopoly

Johnson J P; Myatt D P

Rand Journal of Economics 2006 Vol 37:3 p 583-601

On the simple economics of advertising, marketing, and product design

Johnson J P; Myatt D P

American Economic Review 2006 Vol 96:3 p 756-784

2005

Evolution of teams

Myatt D P; Wallace C

in Gold N, ed., Teamwork: an interdisciplinary perspective, 2005 Palgrave MacMillan

2004

Adaptive play by idiosyncratic agents

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Games and Economic Behavior 2004 Vol 48:1 p 124-138

2003

A multinomial probit model of stochastic evolution

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Journal of Economic Theory 2003 Vol 113:2 p 286-301

Multiproduct quality competition: fighting brands and product line pruning

Johnson J P; Myatt D P

American Economic Review 2003 Vol 93:3 p 748-774

2002

Assessment: games and coordination

Myatt D P; Hyun S S; Wallace C

Oxford Review of Economic Policy 2002 Vol 18:4 p 397-417

Equilibrium selection and public-good provision

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Oxford Review of Economic Policy 2002 Vol 18:4 p 446-461

Sophisticated play by idiosyncratic agents

Myatt D P; Wallace C

Journal of Evolutionary Economics 2002 Vol 13:3 p 319-345

Tactical coordination in plurality electoral systems

Fisher S D; Myatt D P

Oxford Review of Economic Policy 2002 Vol 18:4 p 504-522

EMBA Dubai


  • EMBA Dubai Managerial Economics AUT14 & SPR15


EMBA London


  • EMBA London Managerial Economics AUT14 & SPR15

  • Thinking Strategically AUT14

  • Nobel Thinking SUM15

Research Interests

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