I work on social ontology, and in particular the nature of institutions. I also do experiments on cooperation, coordination, group identity, and I write occasionally on the methodology of experimental economics.

Selected papers

(c) Andrea Branzi

Preferences: Neither Behavioural nor Mental”, DEMM Working Paper 2017-05.

The Effect of Group Identity on Distributive Choice: Social Preference or Heuristic?”, Economic Journal 127 (2017): 147-168 (with Antonio Filippin).

Philosophy of the Social Sciences: Naturalism and Anti-Naturalism”, in Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science, edited by Paul Humphreys. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Performativity Rationalized”, prepared for Enacting the Dismal Science: New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics, edited by Ivan Boldyrev and Ekaterina Svetlova. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016; see also this video of a public lecture given at Medialab Prado, Madrid.

A Unified Social Ontology”, Philosophical Quarterly 65 (2015): 177-201 (with Frank Hindriks).

Institutions, Rules, and Equilibria: A Unified Theory”, Journal of Institutional Economics 11 (2015): 459-480 (with Frank Hindriks). Followed by commentaries by Masahiko Aoki, Ken Binmore, Geoffrey Hodgson, John Searle, Vernon Smith, and Bob Sugden (plus our reply).

The Normativity of Lewis Conventions”, Synthese 190 (2013): 3107-3122.

Reciprocity: Weak or Strong? What Punishment Experiments Do (and Do Not) Demonstrate”, Behavioral and Brain Sciences 35 (2012), pp. 1-59 (target article, followed by commentaries and reply).

Paradigmatic Experiments: The Ultimatum Game from Testing to Measurement Device”, Philosophy of Science, 75 (2008), pp. 658-669.

Has Game Theory Been Refuted?”, Journal of Philosophy 103 (2006), pp. 239-263.

Heterogeneous Agents in Public Goods Experiments”, Experimental Economics, 8 (2005), pp. 35-54 (with Roberto Burlando).

Experimental Localism and External Validity”, Philosophy of Science 70 (2003), pp. 1195-1205.

Models, Simulations, and Experiments”, in Model-Based Reasoning: Science, Technology, Values, edited by L. Magnani and N.J. Nersessian. New York: Kluwer (2002), pp. 59-74.

A short History of Experimental Economics, prepared for The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.

A short Bibliography of the philosophy of experimental economics, complete with post-2005 publications.

Surprisingly, some people disagree with me. If you want to know why, have a look here.