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Faculty and Research

We concentrate our resources on just a few fields in economics and we excel in those fields. We’ve long been known for our research in experimental economics and in economic history, and we continue to be a world leader in both fields. We’ve recently built one of the world’s best young faculty groups in industrial organization. And we have a smaller but superb group in labor economics. Cutting across these research areas are the department’s strengths in microeconometrics, microeconomic theory, and game theory.

The department’s relatively small faculty has published hundreds of research papers, including several dozen articles in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and the Journal of Political Economy.

More than half the department’s faculty members currently hold or have recently held research grants from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and others.

The department’s research consistently earns national and international awards. Department faculty members or graduate students have recently been awarded the 2004 Royal Economic Society Prize, the 2001 Richard Lester Prize, the 2004 Nevins Prize, and the 2004 AAEA Prize for the year’s best doctoral dissertation in resource economics or agricultural economics.


Cihan Artunç (Ph.D., Yale University, 2014).
Assistant Professor.
Economic History, Law and Economics

Andreas Blume (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1989).
Game Theory

John Z. Drabicki (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1974).
Associate Professor, McCoy/Rogers Faculty Fellow, and Assistant Department Head.
Macroeconomics, International Economics, and Applied Microeconomic Theory.

Martin Dufwenberg (Ph.D., Uppsala University, 1995).
Eller Professor and Director of the Institute for Behavioral Economics.
Game Theory, Experiments, Behavioral Economics.

Price V. Fishback (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1983).
Thomas R. Brown Professor.
Economic History and Labor Economics.

Gautam Gowrisankaran (Ph.D., Yale University, 1995).
Professor, McCoy/Roger Faculty Fellow, Director of Graduate Studies.
Industrial Organization, Health Economics, Applied Econometrics and Energy and Environmental Economics.

Keisuke Hirano (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1998).
APS Profesor, McCoy/Rogers Faculty Fellow and Department Head.

Keith Joiner (MPH, Yale University, 2003 and MD, University of Colorado, 1974).
Professor of Medicine, Economics, and Health Promotions Science.
Health Economics and Policy, International Health Care Systems, Incentive System Design and Academic Health Centers.

Ashley Langer (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010).
Assistant Professor.
Environmental & Energy Economics, Industrial Organization, Transportation Economics.

Derek Lemoine (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2011).
Assistant Professor.
Environmental and Energy Economics, Climate Change, Decision-Making Under Uncertainty, Technological Change.

James C. McBrearty (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1968).
Associate Professor.
Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, and Employment Law.

Ronald L. Oaxaca (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1971).
McClelland Professor.
Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Applied Microeconomics.

Asaf Plan (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2010).
Assistant Professor.
Micoreconomic Theory, Game Theory, Behavioral Theory.

Paul Portney (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1973).
Professor of Economics.
Environmental Economics, Welfare Economics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Regulation.

Stanley S. Reynolds (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1983).
Eller Professor of Economics.
Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomic Theory, and Experimental Economics.

Jessamyn Schaller (Ph.D. University of California, Davis, 2012).
Assistant Professor.
Labor Economics, Public Economics, Health Economics.

Mark Stegeman (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1987).
Associate Professor of Economics.
Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Industrial Organization.

Mauricio Varela (Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2010).
Assistant Professor.
Industrial Organizatinon and Health Economics.

Mark Walker (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1970).
Eller Professor of Economics.
Microeconomic Theory, Game Theory and Experimental Economics.

Tiemen Woutersen (Ph.D. Brown University, 2000).
Associate Professor.
Econometrics, Industrial Organization

Mo Xiao (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003).
Associate Professor of Economics.
Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomics.


Charity-Joy Acchiardo
Thomas Dalton
Timothy Dang
Dirk Mateer
Gregory McNamee
Todd Neumann
Steven Reff
Alexandre Borges Sugiyama

Courtesy Appointed Faculty

Katherine Y. Barnes (College of Law)
Sandy Dall'erba
(School of Geography and Development)
Dean Lueck
(Agricultural & Resource Economics)
David J. Schmidtz (Philosophy)

Associated Faculty

Satheesh Aradhyula (Agricultural & Resource Economics)
Simone M. Sepe (College of Law)

Emeritus Faculty

R. Bruce Billings
Michael K. Block
John E. Buehler
James C. Cox

Donald Heckerman
Bernard P. Herber
Jimmye S. Hillman
Gary D. Libecap
Robert H. Marshall
Michael Rieber
Kenneth R. Smith
Gerald J. Swanson
Lester D. Taylor
Gordon Tullock
Donald A. Wells