Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Yohanes Eko Riyanto
Chair, School of Social Sciences
Professor, School of Social Sciences
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Yohanes Eko Riyanto is a Professor of Economics at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Before joining NTU, he was a faculty member in the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Economics at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), in Louvain (Leuven), Belgium.

His research focuses on Experimental and Behavioral Economics topics. He utilizes controlled laboratory experiments to investigate how individuals make various economic decisions and how they are influenced by their preferences and beliefs, their environment (market and non-market institutions surrounding them), and their strategic interactions with other individuals. He incorporates insights from microeconomics, game theory, and behavioral sciences to formulate testable experimental hypotheses.

He has published his research in leading international refereed journals such as the Journal of Finance, Management Science, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economics and Statistics, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, European Economic Review, Experimental Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (JEBO). Currently, he is an Associate Editor of JEBO. His work has also been covered by the popular press such as The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the New Statesman.

He teaches Behavioral Economics and Microeconomics courses at Nanyang Technological University. Further information about him can be accessed at
Currently, he is working on several research thrusts. The first is the experimental asset market and finance. Within this research thrust, he studies various topics ranging from insider trading and its regulatory framework, the interplay between social networks, information acquisition and aggregation, and traders' behaviors, the link between consumption smoothing and heterogeneous traders, and its impact on asset prices, dark pools, and many others.

The second is the design of organ transplant allocation from donors to recipients. Specifically, he studies how the donor allocation priority should be designed to incentivize individuals to enroll in the organ donation program; while taking into consideration the issue of blood compatibility between donated organs and the transplant recipients and the incentive scheme in the form of transferrable donation vouchers.

The third is social preferences in general; ranging from, among others, the mechanisms to enhance cooperation and coordination in social dilemma settings, cooperation and coordination in social networks where individuals belonging to social networks can endogenously decide with whom they want to form links before engaging in the prisoner's dilemma or coordination game with their link partners, the incentive of buyers and sellers to engage in socially responsible acts in the market place, and the role of social identity in intra- and inter-group interaction.
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics GATE-NTU Workshop (BEELS)
  • Dark-Market as an Alternative Trading Platform in Equity Market and It's Regulatory Implications: An Experimental Asset Market Analysis
  • Experimental and Behavioral Economics Approach to Individual and Collective Decision Making
  • Incentivizing Organ Donations: Market Design and Behavioral Lab Experiments
  • Project RESET: Redirecting immune, lipid and metabolic drivers of early cardiovascular disease
  • Skillsets Mapping for Future-Ready Seniors: Comparative Investigations within the Healthcare Sector
  • Trust, failure and trust recovery in financial exchanges: towards a culturally-intelligent, dynamic and sensing AI
  • Two Experiments on Information Acquisition and Sharing in Financial Markets
The 2020 Vernon L. Smith Award for Excellence in Experimental Finance, awarded by the Society of Experimental Finance.

The 2016 Finalist of the Exeter Prize for Research in Experimental Economics, Decision Theory, and Behavioral Economics (Awarded annually to the best paper published in the previous calendar year in a peer-reviewed journal in the field of Experimental Economics, Decision Theory, and Behavioral Economics.)