Matthew Walker: “Trust and Trustworthiness in Competitive Markets”

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  • Durham University
  • Management, Business and Economics
  • matthew.j.walker@durham.ac.uk

Trust and Trustworthiness in Imbalanced Markets

Using game theoretic techniques and through the design of controlled laboratory experiments, my research examines the interplay between market balance, informational transparency and trust interactions in relationships characterised by moral hazard. Specific applications include private rental, skilled labour and procurement markets. The allocation of strategic bargaining positions under conditions of scarcity can affect both transactional efficiency and post-contractual outcomes, with important implications for optimal market design.

I gained my bachelor’s degree in Economics with Hispanic Studies from the University of Nottingham and master’s in Experimental Economics from Durham University. I gratefully receive doctoral funding from the UK National Productivity Investment Fund (2017-21), which aims to address research challenges identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.