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Dr Ilkka Leppänen MSc, DSc (Aalto University)

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Lecturer in Operations Management

Social decision making; other-regarding preferences; evolutionary games; behavioural operational research

Ilkka Leppänen is a Lecturer in Operations Management at the School of Business and Economics. He completed his Doctorate in Operations Research at Aalto University, Finland.

He was previously a doctoral candidate at the Systems Analysis Laboratory, Aalto University, where he conducted behavioural and analytical research on social decision making.

Ilkka’s research interests are in applying (evolutionary) game theory and behavioral and experimental methods to Operations Management problems. Specifically, he is interested in how other-regarding behavior evolves in environments with multiple decision makers who have conflicting interests.

Ilkka is also interested in psychophysiological and neuroeconomic research in decision making. He has previously conducted behavioral experiments (papers under review) that study how emotions, measured with facial electromyography and galvanic skin response, correlate with social decision making and interaction styles. 

Hamalainen, R.P., Leppanen, I. 2016. Cheap talk and cooperation in Stackelberg games. Central European Journal of Operations Research (to appear). DOI:

Leppanen, I. 2016. Consistent conjectures and the evolutionary stability of other regarding preferences. Economics Letters 142, 53--55. DOI: