Dr Alex Dickson



Personal statement

Alex Dickson is a Reader in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2008. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Keele in 2005 and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Manchester from 2005-2007.

Alex is a microeconomist, and has research interests in the fields of bilateral oligopoly and contests, where he exploits his understanding of aggregative games; in industrial organisation; and in behavioural economics.

He is very willing to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in his fields of interest.

Alex will also provide thoughtful and clear economic advice on a consultancy basis, particularly in the areas of Industrial Economics and Behavioural Economics.

Alex currently teaches classes on Behavioural Economics (hons); Industrial Organisation (SGPE MSc); and Microeconomics (MBA). He is also the Associate Dean (PGR) in Strathclyde Business School.


Has expertise in:

    1. Applied Microeconomic Theory
    2. Game Theory
    3. Behavioural Economics
    4. Industrial Economics

    I am very happy to supervise suitably qualified PhD students in these areas; please get in touch if you want to discuss a potential research project.


2002-2005: Ph.D. Economics, Keele University, UK.Thesis title: On strategic Marshallian analysis: Shapley and Shubik meet Mar-shall and Cournot. Funded by ESRC Ph.D. studentship award number PTA-030-2003-00278. Awarded with a commendation by the examiners. Supervisors:Prof. R. Hartley (Manchester) and Prof. T. Worrall (Keele). Examiners: Prof.S. Ghosal (Warwick) and Prof. R. Cornes (Nottingham).

2001-2002: MSc. Economics, University of Manchester, UK.Awarded with Distinction. Dissertation title: A study of alternative strategicmarket game mechanisms. Funded by University of Manchester scholarship.

1998-2001: BA Economics and Finance, Keele University, UK.Awarded with 1st class honours.


Rent dissipation in simple Tullock contests
Dickson Alex, MacKenzie Ian A, Sekeris Petros G
Games Vol 13 (2022)
Correction to : An introduction to perfect and imperfect competition via bilateral oligopoly (Journal of Economics, (2021), 133, 2, (103-128), 10.1007/s00712-020-00727-3)
Dickson Alex, Tonin Simone
Journal of Economics/ Zeitschrift fur Nationalokonomie Vol 137, pp. 279–280 (2022)
Non-linear revenue evaluation
Dickson Alex, MacKenzie Ian A, Sekeris Petros G
Scottish Journal of Political Economy Vol 69, pp. 487-505 (2022)
Carbon capture, utilisation and storage : incentives, effects and policy
Cabrera Giorgio, Dickson Alex, Nimubona Alain-Désiré, Quigley John
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control Vol 120 (2022)
The role of markets on resource conflicts
Dickson Alex, MacKenzie Ian A, Sekeris Petros G
Scandinavian Journal of Economics Vol 124, pp. 677-708 (2022)
Permit markets with political and market distortions
Dickson Alex, MacKenzie Ian A
Environmental and Resource Economics Vol 82, pp. 227-255 (2022)

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I believe in teaching Economics in a rigorous yet accessible way. I have teaching interests in Microeconomics; Game Theory; Behavioural Economics and Industrial Economics.

I currently teach Behavioural Economics (hons); Industrial Organisation (SGPE MSc); and Microeconomics (MBA).

Research interests

My primary research interests are in Microeconomics, in particular in: game theoretic approaches to general and partial models of competitive behavior; aggregative games with applications to contests and strategic market games; endogenous timing in games and commitment; and behavioral economics and game theory. I have further broad interests in industrial organization, international trade and applied game theory in general.

Professional activities

Workshop on Competition, Economic Regulation and Consumer Protection
Strategic Interactions in General Equilibrium Workshop
Economics Seminar at University of St Gallen
Contests: Theory and Evidence
Workshop on Strategic Interactions in General Equilibrium
Economics Seminar, University of Queensland

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KTP - Coolside Ltd t/a Trtl. Development of a platform to proactively determine and address ongoing counterfeiting and unauthorised product distribution
Roper, Marc (Principal Investigator) Dickson, Alexander (Co-investigator) Wallace, William (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2025
SGSSS Partnership Agreement | Duparc-Portier, Geoffroy
Dickson, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) Duparc-Portier, Geoffroy (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2023
Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: The (neglected) role of attitudes and demography - Successful SBS Research Excellence Award
Alfano, Marco (Principal Investigator) Dickson, Alexander (Co-investigator)
Research Excellence Award
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021
Funding support for PhD studentship on seal-fishery bioeconomic modelling
Cook, Robin (Principal Investigator) Dickson, Alexander (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2015

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