Alistair Munro

Specialist areas:
Economics (Behavioural Public, Environmental and Experimental).


1982 B.A. Mathematics and Economics, University of Warwick, UK

1984 M.Phil, Economics, University of Oxford, UK.

1990 D. Phil, University of Oxford, UK.

Employment History:

2008- present Professor, GRIPS, Tokyo.

2005-2008 Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London

2000-2005 Reader, University of East Anglia

1998-2000 Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia

1991-1998 Lecturer, University of East Anglia

1985-1991 Lecturer, University of Stirling, Scotland.

1984-1985 College Lecturer, St. John’s College, University of Oxford


Published Research.

2013 Alistair Munro, Bereket Kebede, Marcela Tarazona and Arjan Verschoor, Autonomy and efficiency. An experiment on household decisions in two regions of India, Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, forthcoming.
2013 Yuki Tanaka and Alistair Munro, “Regional variation in risk and time preferences: evidence from a large-scale field experiment in rural Uganda”, Journal of African Economies, forthcoming
2013 Bereket Kebede, Alistair Munro, Marcela Tarazona and Arjan Verschoor, Intra-household efficiency: an experimental study from Ethiopia, Journal of African Economies, forthcoming
2013 Alistair Munro, The economics of nuclear decontamination: assessing policy options for the management of land around Fukushima dai-ichi. Environmental Science and Policy 33, November, 63-75, ISSN 1462-9011,
2013 Jing Lan, Alistair Munro, Environmental compliance and human capital: Evidence from Chinese industrial firms, Resource and Energy Economics, Available online 18 May 2013, ISSN 0928-7655,
2013 Chris M. Wilson, Luke Garrod, Alistair Munro, Default effects, transaction costs, and imperfect information, Economics Letters, ISSN 0165-1765, 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.02.022.
2013 Alistair Munro, Arjan Verschoor, Amaresh Dubey, Does working with spouses make teams more productive? A field experiment in India using NREGA, Economics Letters, 118, 3, March, 506-508, ISSN 0165-1765, 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.12.026.
2012 A Portmanteau Experiment on the Relevance of Individual Decision Anomalies for Households (with Danail Popov), Experimental Economics, 10.1007/s10683-012-9340-x.
2012 Truck, barter and exchange versus the endowment effect: virtual field experiments in an online game environment (with Yannick Ferreira De Sousa), Journal of Economic Psychology, DOI: 10.1016/j.joep.2011.12.011
2011 Do Spouses Realise Cooperative Gains? Experimental Evidence from Rural Uganda, (with Vegard Iversen, Cecile Jackson, Bereket Kebede and Arjan Verschoor), World Development, 39, 4, 569–578.
2010 “Climate change and SIDS”, Chapter 13, “Valuation methods in SIDS”, Chapter 9 in Saving Small island Developing States: Environmental and natural resource challenges (Editors Shyam Nath, John L. Roberts and Yeti Nisha Madhoo). Commonwealth Secretariat.
2009 Bounded Rationality and Public Policy: A Perspective from Behavioural Economics. Springer Press. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9472-9
2009 Household versus Individual valuation: what’s the difference? (with Ian J. Bateman) Environmental and Resource Economics. 43, 1 119-135
2009 What we do and don’t know about the household and the environment. Environmental and Resource Economics. 43, 1-11.
2008 The Spatial Impact of Genetically Modified Crops, Ecological Economics. 67, 658 – 666. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2008.01.030
2008 (with Ian J. Bateman and Gregory L. Poe), Asymmetric Dominance Effects in Choice Experiments and Contingent Valuation, Land Economics, February. 84, 1, 115-127.
2007 (with Ivor James, Tim Hoffman, Patrick O’Farrell, Russel Smart), The Economic Value of Flower Tourism at the Namaqua National Park, South Africa, South African Journal of Economics and Management Sciences, 10, 4, 442-456.
2006 Anchoring and yea-saying with private goods: an experiment (with Ian Bateman Bruce Rhodes Chris V. Starmer and Robert Sugden In J.A. List (ed)., Using Experimental Methods in Environmental and Resource Economics (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar).
2005 An experiment on risky choice amongst households, (with Ian Bateman), Economic Journal, 115(502) C176-190.
2005 Is there loss aversion in buying? An adversarial collaboration (with Ian Bateman, Daniel Kahneman, Chris Starmer, Robert Sugden) Journal of Public Economics, 89: 1561-1580.
2005 Household wtp equals individual wtp if and only if income is pooled, Economics Letters, 88, 227-230 .
2004 Preference reversal: an experimental investigation of economic and psychological hypotheses (with Robin Cubitt and Chris Starmer) Economic Journal, 114 (497) 709-726.
2004 公共部门经济学 (Chinese translation of Economics of the Public Sector)
2003 Monopolisation and the Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops. Environment and Development Economics, 8(1): 167-186.
2003 On the theory of reference-dependent preferences, (with Bob Sugden), Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation vol. 50, Issue 4, April, Pages 407-428.
2002 The Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops: An Economic Model, in Environmental Policy, Agriculture and Biotechnology, Tim Swanson (ed.), Kluwer Academic Press.
2000 Estimating Four Hicksian Welfare Measures for a Public Good: A Contingent Valuation Investigation, (with I. J. Bateman, I. Langford, C. Starmer and R. Sugden), Land Economics, 76, 355-373.
1999 Economics of the Public Sector, (with Sara Connolly) Prentice Hall. London.
1999 (with Nick Hanley) Information, Uncertainty and Contingent Valuation, Ch. 8 in Bateman, I. and Willis, K. (eds.) Valuing Environmental Preferences: Theory and Practice of the Contingent Valuation Method in the US, EC and Developing Countries, OUP.
1999 Least Cost allocations for probabilistic water quality targets, (with Jim Shortle, Nick Hanley and Robin Faichney) in Steve Sorrell and Jim Skea (eds.) Pollution for Sale: emissions trading and joint implementation, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
1998 (with R. Faichney, N. Hanley, J. Shortle) Market Mechanisms for Pollution Control In the Forth Estuary, Journal of Environmental Management. 52, 211-225.
1997 Economics and Biological Evolution, Environmental and Resource Economics Volume 9, no.4, 429-449.
1997 (with I. Bateman, B. Rhodes, C. Starmer, and R. Sugden) Does Part-Whole Bias Exist? An Experimental Investigation, Economic Journal, March, 322-332.
1997 (with I. Bateman, B. Rhodes, C. Starmer, and R. Sugden) A Test of the Theory of Reference-Dependent Preferences, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol.112, 2, 479-505.
  Reprinted as Chapter Ten, pp 180-201 in D. Kahneman and A. Tversky (eds.) Choices, Values, and Frames. Cambridge UP. 2000
  Reprinted in The New Behavioral Economics edited by Elias L. Khalil, Edward Elgar publishing, 2009
1994 (with Nick Hanley) Valuing Habitat Protection: Two Case Studies in Contingent Valuation, Ch. 12 in Hanley, N. and Spash, C.(eds.) Cost Benefit Analysis and the Environment, Edward Elgar.
1992 Self-selection and Optimal In-kind Transfers, Economic Journal, vol. 102 no. 414 September 1184-1196.
1992 Game theory: a review article, Scottish Journal of Political Economy.
1992 In-Kind Distribution, Uncertainty and Merit Wants: A Simple Model, Public Finance Quarterly, vol. 20(2) April 175-194.
1991 Welfare Effects of Multiple Rationing, Bulletin of Economic Research, 43 355-60.
1991 The Optimal Public Provision of Private Goods, Journal of Public Economics, 44(2) 239-261.
1989 In-Kind Transfers, Cash Grants and Labour Supply, European Economic Review, 33, 1597-1604.