I am Manu Munoz

I am a postdoctoral associate in Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi, with research interests in Microeconomics, behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of networks. I am on the 2019/2020 economics job market and available for interviews at the EEA (Rotterdam) and the ASSA (San Diego) job market meetings. [Click on the buttons below to see more]
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PhD. Sociology, University of Groningen
Thesis: The Influence of individual differences on network relations

MSc. Economics, University of Valencia
Thesis: Heterogeneous Network Games with Conflicting Preferences

BSc. Economics, Industrial University of Santander
Thesis: An Economic Model of Drug Dealing in Bucaramanga (1994-2004)
About me

I am a postdoctoral associate at the social science division at New York University Abu Dhabi

My research interests lie within microeconomics, with a particular focus on behavioral and experimental economics and the economics of networks. Within my work, I look at how differences between individuals (such as their group identities or their skills) and the types of relationships they can form with others (personal versus impersonal) cause economic inefficiencies and social exclusion.

I am on the 2019/2020 economics job market and available for interviews at the EEA (Rotterdam) and the ASSA (San Diego) job market meetings.

See my work


Job Market Paper

Group identity change and strategic moves

Abstract: Group identity has emerged as a key explanatory variable of social exclusion or economic inequality because people prefer to benefit others who are similar to them (in-group favoritism) over those belonging to a different social group. In this paper I study identity choices as strategic moves, so that individuals in disadvantageous groups can change their identities to break free from inefficient outcomes. Particularly, I look at group identity choices in a social network setting where interactions with others (both in-group and out-groups) are strategically interdependent. I provide a theoretical model and characterize equilibrium outcomes when group identities can be changed, showing how identity change significantly reduces the equilibrium set compared to settings with fixed identities. I then test the predictions of the model in a laboratory experiment and find evidence that identity change greatly helps the attainment of efficient, while at the same time observe a persistence of selective discrimination and in-group favoritisms. I also conduct additional experimental treatments to understand different types of frictions preventing identity change.


  1. James Andreoni and the quest for others in our utility functions with N. Nikiforakis (2018) - J. Public Economic Theory

  2. Equilibrium characterization of networks under conflicting preferences with P. Hernandez, G. Martinez-Canovas, A. Sanchez (2017) - Economic Letters

  3. Conflict and Segregation in Networks: An Experiment on the Interplay between Individual Preferences and Social Influence with L. Ellwardt, P. Hernandez, G. Martinez-Canovas (2016) - J. Dynamic and Games

  4. The Strategic Role of Non-Binding Communication with L. Palacio, A. Cortés (2015) - J. Applied Mathematics: Special Issue on Experimental Game Theory and its Application in Sociology and Pol. Science

  5. The Bargaining Power of Commitment: An Experiment on the Effects of Threats in the Hawk-Dove Game with L. A. Palacio, A. Cortes (2015) - Rationality and Society

  6. Heterogeneous Network Games: Conflicting Preferences with P. Hernandez, A. Sanchez (2013) - Games and Economic Behavior
    * This paper was derived from my single-authored master thesis

Working papers

  1. Integration and diversity with S. Goyal, P. Hernández, G. Martínez, F. Moisan, A. Sánchez [R&R Experimental Economics]

  2. The limits of transparency on embezzlement and bribery with D. Parra, L. Palacio [Submittted]

  3. Business culture: The role of relational proximity and contract incompleteness with E. Reuben [Submittted]

  4. Collaborative production networks among unequal actors with J. Dijkstra, R. Wittek, A. Flache [Submittted]

In preparation for submission

  1. Communication and contracts in multitask principal-agent relations (with E. Reuben)

  2. Web of Lies (with K. Makovi)

  3. Relational incentives and the formation of ties in competition (with J. Dijkstra)

  4. Second- and third-party counter-punishment (with N. Nikiforakis)


University of Groningen, The Netherlands

  • Undergraduate Course
  • Taught from 2011 to 2014
  • Website

Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst, Germany

  • Interdisciplinary Course: completely designed by me
  • Taught in 2013
  • Website