Mini course

Empirical Revealed Preference

This year’s grad mini course will provide an introduction to empirical revealed preference and an overview of the current state of the field. It will give a sense of how revealed preference methods work, the types of questions which they can address (both in the context of individual choice and theory of the firm) and to assess the strengths and drawbacks of the approach. After recapping the basics of revealed preference theory, it will review and critically assess the literature in two main areas in which, recent research has made significant advances: broadening the scope of revealed preference methods and dealing with empirical issues related to bringing revealed preference to data.

Ian Crawford is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. His research is mainly focused on the combination of microeconomic data with microeconomic theory.

Spring 2019 Schedule


  • Tuesday May 7, 10:30-12:20pm
  • Thursday May 9, 10:30-12:20pm
  • Tuesday May 14, 10:30-12:20pm

Where: WMC 3611 unless otherwise indicated   

Course materials


The mini course is also open to all economics graduate students.

Graduate students outside the Economics Department are welcome to attend (space permitting). Contact Alex Karaivanov, Graduate Chair at