Matthew Olckers

Postdoctoral Fellow in Network Economics, Monash University

I recently completed my PhD at the Paris School of Economics, under the supervision of Francis Bloch and Margherita Comola. I am now working as a research fellow at Monash University with Arthur Campbell and Yves Zenou.

My research interests include social networks, development economics and household finance. I am particularly interested in the intersection of economics and computer science, such as using mechanism design in practical applications or using alternative data sources to answer questions about poverty and development.

I lead the Asia-Pacific working group on Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG) and I am an affiliate of SoDa Labs.

Outside of my research, I love surfing, helping out at church, travelling with my wife, and seeing graffiti on trains. I compiled a book about graffiti in Cape Town, South Africa, which subsequently evolved into a documentary.


Jan 14, 2021 Here’s a video of my presentation at the AEA Annual Meeting last week.
Nov 4, 2020 New working paper—Gamblers Learn from Experience—about sports betting in Kenya.
Sep 6, 2020 I will be presenting at the AEA Annual Meeting 2021 in a session titled “Information in Social Networks”, organized by Lori Beaman.
May 7, 2020 Friend-Based Ranking” was accepted for publication at AEJ: Microeconomics. So happy!
Jan 15, 2020 Elvire Guillaud, Michael Zemmour and I have made a dedicated website,, to share our data on taxes, transfers and inequality.