Dr Kenan Kalayci

Senior Lecturer

School of Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 67064


Dr. Kenan Kalaycı is an experimental economist whose research focus is in behavioral economics and industrial organization. Kenan received his PhD in Economics from Tilburg University and is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Queensland. Kenan has been a Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Fellow between 2016-208 and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford in 2017-2018. Kenan's main research has been in the growing field of behavioural industrial organization, which is the study of markets incorporating insights from psychology and other related disciplines. Kenan has been one of the pioneers in the empirical study of this field, developing experimental methodologyto study issues of spurious product differentiation and price discrimination in markets. His research has been published in the International Journal of Industrial Organisation, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, and Experimental Economics.

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Experimental Economics
  • Industrial Organization

Research Impacts

Kenan has been recognised by the industry as an expert in experimental economics and industrial economics. He collaborated with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on a project that developed and experimentally tested policies that led to to significant savings for the ATO and provided valuable insights for public service. In April 2015, Kenan was invited by Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to present at the National Consumer Congress as an expert panellist in recognition of his expertise in consumer policy. In 2018, Kenan has been an invited participant at the Roundtable on Resolving Conflicts of Interest in the Banking, Superannuation, and Financial Services Industry organised by UNSW in response to the interim report of the Banking Royal Commission. Kenan is also actively involved in the start-up community in Brisbane as an advisor to dfinanz (a market exchange platform for consumer loans), Volunteeria (a social enterprise website) and participated in HealthHack 2016 at River City Labs. Kenan's current and former students have started companies such as Altina drinks and ModelEcon teaching platform.


  • Master of Science in Economics, Tilburg University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Tilburg University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sabanci University, Turkey


  • Leng, Ailin, Friesen, Lana, Kalayci, Kenan and Man, Priscilla (2018) A minimum effort coordination game experiment in continuous time. Experimental Economics, 21 3: 1-24. doi:10.1007/s10683-017-9550-3

  • Tse, Alan, Friesen, Lana and Kalayci, Kenan (2016) Complexity and asset legitimacy in retirement investment. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 60 35-48. doi:10.1016/j.socec.2015.12.001

  • Kalayci, Kenan and Potters, Jan (2011) Buyer confusion and market prices. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 29 1: 14-22. doi:10.1016/j.ijindorg.2010.06.004

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Featured Publications

  • Kalayci, Kenan and Potters, Jan (2011) Buyer confusion and market prices. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 29 1: 14-22. doi:10.1016/j.ijindorg.2010.06.004

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