Fellow and Tutor in Economics, Merton College, University of Oxford

Columbi ägg by Nils Dardel  (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Columbi ägg by Nils Dardel (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)


My research interests are primarily in population dynamics, social networks, statistical size distributions, and inequality.

Hotelling competition, market shares, and the Gamma distribution pdf

Intergenerational aspirations, capital dilution, and the dynamics of inequality (with Francis Dennig) pdf

Social groups and social network formation (with Alex Teytelboym) pdf appendix code
Games and Economic Behavior (2017)

Homophily in online social networks (with Alex Teytelboym) pdf
8th WINE Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science


I am currently teaching undergraduate Game Theory (year 3), Prelim Microeconomics (year 1), Core Microeconomics (year 2), and Quantitative Economics (“Introduction to Econometrics”, year 2).


I completed my DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2014 under the supervision of John Quah (my examiners were Alan Kirman and Peter Eso). I obtained my MPhil in 2009 (also at Oxford), and my undergraduate degree at University College London in 2007.

I was awarded a Junior Fellowship by the Royal Economic Society in 2012. I was named a Robert Solow Fellow by the Centre Cournot in 2013, and I was awarded a University of Oxford Social Science Division Teaching Award in 2015.

bassel.tarbush@economics.ox.ac.uk, 01865 286294
Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JD, UK