Giacomo Bonanno

Giacomo Bonanno Portrait

Position Title
Distinguished Professor

1108 SSH
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616
Office Hours
Wednesday 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
and 1:00 -2:30 pm


  • Ph.D., London School of Economics, 1985
  • M.Phil., Cambridge University (U.K.), 1981 (distinction)
  • J.D., Turin University, 1978 (summa cum laude)


Giacomo Bonanno is professor of economics at the University of California, Davis. He has served as editor of Economics and Philosophy and is currently an editorial board member. He also serves on the editorial board of Synthese and is the corner editor for logic and games of the Journal of Logic and Computation. He is an organizer of the interdisciplinary LOFT conferences (13 editions as of 2018). He previously was associate editor of the Bulletin of Economic Research and Knowledge, Rationality and Action and was an advisory board member of Texts in Logic and Games.

Research Focus

Professor Bonanno’s research interests include game theory, industrial organization and modal (epistemic, temporal) logic.


  • Bonanno, G., "The Material Conditional is sufficient to model deliberation", Erkenntnis, Vol. 88 (1), 2023, pp. 325-349.
  • Bonanno, G., "Logics for belief as maximally plausible possibility", Studia Logica, Vol. 108, 2020, pp. 1019-1061.
  • Bonanno, G. and E. Tsakas, "Common belief of weak-dominance rationality in strategic-form games: A qualitative analysis", Games and Economic Behavior, Vol. 112, November 2018, pp. 231-241.
  • Bonanno, G., "Behavior and deliberation in perfect-information games: Nash equilibrium and backward induction", International Journal of Game Theory, September 2018, Volume 47, Number 3, pp. 1001-1032.
  • Bonanno, G., "Exploring the gap between perfect Bayesian equilibrium and sequential equilibrium", Games, November 2016, 7(4), 35, pp. 1-23. [Reprinted in: Paul Weirich (Editor), Epistemic game theory and logic, MDPI, Basel, Switzerland, pp. 20-42.]
  • Bonanno, G., "AGM-consistency and perfect Bayesian equilibrium. Part II: from PBE to sequential equilibrium", International Journal of Game Theory, November 2016, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp. 1071-1094.
  • Bonanno, G., "Epistemic foundations of game theory", in: H. van Ditmarsch, J.Y. Halpern, W. van der Hoek and B. Kooi (eds), Handbook of Logics for Knowledge and Belief, College Publications, 2015, pp. 411–450.
  • Bonanno, G."A doxastic behavioral characterization of generalized backward induction." Games and Economic Behavior 88 (2014): 221–241.
  • Bonanno, G. "AGM-consistency and Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium. Part I: definition and properties." International Journal of Game Theory 42.3 (2013): 567–592. (DOI: 10.1007/s00182-011-0296-4)
  • Bonanno, G. "A dynamic epistemic characterization of backward induction without counterfactuals." Games and Economic Behavior 78 (2013): 31–43.


Professor Bonanno teaches undergraduate courses in Game Theory, Economics of Uncertainty and Information, Decision Making and Industrial Organization. He teaches graduate level courses in Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization and Game Theory.


Giacomo Bonanno received the Tom Mayer Distinguished Teaching Award for the academic year 2005–2006