Burkhard Schipper


  • Dr. rer. pol., Economics, University of Bonn, European Doctoral Program (EDP), 2003
  • Diplom-Volkswirt, University of Bonn, 2000


Burkhard Schipper is a professor of economics and an affiliated faculty member at the Graduate Group of Applied Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. He studied economics at the University of Bonn and Tel Aviv University, receiving a PhD from the University of Bonn in 2003. His research focused on inventing mathematical tools for modeling of unawareness in game theory and decision theory and its application to economics, finance and politics. Besides his ongoing work on unawareness, he studies learning in games both theoretically and experimentally. Moreover, he conducted experiments on the association between sex hormones and attitudes toward risk and competition. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the UC Davis Hellman Fellowship. He serves as editor-in-chief of the B.E. Journal in Theoretical Economics and is an associate editor of Mathematical Social Sciences.

Research Focus

Professor Schipper conducts research in game theory, microeconomic theory, experimental economics, bounded rationality and endocrinological economics.

Selected Publications

  • Schipper, B. "Sex Hormones and Competitive Bidding." Management Science 61 (2015): 249–266.
  • Heifetz, A., M. Meier, and B. Schipper. "Dynamic Unawareness and Rationalizable Behavior." Games and Economic Behavior 81 (2013): 50–68.
  • Heifetz, A., M. Meier, and B. Schipper. "Unawareness, Beliefs, and Speculative Trade." Games and Economic Behavior 77 (2013): 100–121.
  • Duersch, P., J. Oechssler, and B. Schipper. "Unbeatable Imitation." Games and Economic Behavior 76 (2012): 88–96.
  • Heifetz, A., M. Meier, and B. Schipper. "Interactive Unawareness." Journal of Economic Theory 130 (2006): 78–94.


Burkhard Schipper teaches courses in microeconomics and game theory both at the undergraduate and doctoral levels.


  • Several grants by the National Science Foundation
  • UC Davis Hellman Fellowship, 2009–10
  • Young Economist Award, European Economic Association 2003