Cavit Görkem Destan

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Bonn and a research fellow at the EPoS Collaborative Research Center Transregio 224. I will be available at the 2022/23 European Job Market (EJME).
My research fields are experimental and behavioral economics. Currently, I study preference formation and context-dependent beliefs.
My advisors are
Florian Zimmermann and Thomas Dohmen.
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Curriculum Vitae

Job Market Paper

  • Active Participation Bias | with Thomas Dohmen | [working paper version]
    Abstract: We discovered a pattern in various experiments in diverse contexts such that when the equilibrium prediction is staying passive or choosing zero effort/bid, individuals exhibit a positive level of activity. Although
    previous studies tried to explain that phenomenon via different channels in each domain, we showed that there is a common mechanism, namely Active Participation Bias. Using an online experiment, we demonstrated that people have an intrinsic tendency to become active even when the payoff maximizing action is to stay passive and when other factors, such as cognitive mistakes or risk aversion, are ruled out. Moreover, once participants become active (which is not optimal in the game), they play the optimal strategy in the off-the-path subgame they entered by becoming active. In other words, participants seem to ignore that the subgame is part of a broader game, and they myopically focus on the task at hand.


  • Nonlinear Pricing Under Inequity Aversion | with Murat Yılmaz | 2020, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization | [link]

Working Papers

  • Experimental Analysis of Misattribution Models | [draft available upon request]
    Abstract: Attribution Bias (or Misattribution) is shown effective in many economic contexts. However, there is no consensus on the underlying mechanism. I show that existing theories overlap for single period experiences but they differ in multi-period case and at the limit. Hence, I tested the theories via a lab experiment with repeated interactions. The results show that references are a crucial channel in attribution bias. This is the first experiment that tests attribution bias in a multi-period setting.

Work In Progress

  • Voting under Salience Bias and Strategic Extremism | with Günnur Ege Bilgin
    Abstract: In the last decade, we have seen populist leaders
    in many countries such as the USA, Hungary, and Brazil following extreme policies. While most theories suggest that moving to the center from the extremist policies would increase the vote share, moderation does not occur. We believe that limited attention can explain the recent extremism. We created a model of voters with limited attention and the only equilibrium is extremism in at least one policy. We also try to show some empirical evidence such that voters focus more on extreme policies and overweight the importance of those issues.