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Dr Willemien Kets

Fellow in Economics


I obtained my undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Nijmegen (The Netherlands) after a brief stint at St John’s College, Oxford, as a visiting student in physics. I then studied for a doctorate in economics at the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands). After finishing my doctorate, I spent a few years in the USA, first as a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, Stanford University, and the University of California at Irvine, and then as faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. I am currently the Fellow in Economics at Queen’s as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Economics.


At Queen’s, I teach the ‘Introduction to Microeconomics’ first year paper and the core paper ‘Microeconomics’.


I am interested in strategic decision-making, with a special emphasis on its psychological foundations. In recent work, I have studied how cultural diversity affects strategic behaviour and economic outcomes. I am also interested in perspective-taking, empathy, and fairness, as well as the effect of cognitive limitations on decision-making. I complement my theoretical work with economic experiments. 


Robust multiplicity with a grain of naiveté (with Aviad Heifetz). Theoretical Economics forthcoming.

Ambiguous language and consensus (with Joe Halpern), Games and Economic Behavior (90), pp. 171-180, 2015.

Robustness of equilibria in anonymous local games, Journal of Economic Theory (146), pp. 300-325, 2011.

Inequality and network structure (with Garud Iyengar, Rajiv Sethi and Sam Bowles), Games and Economic Behavior (73), pp. 215-226, 2011.