Economic Theory

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On the evolution of hoarding, risk-taking, and wealth distribution in nonhuman and human populations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014)

This paper applies the theory of the evolution of risk-taking in the presence of idiosyncratic...

 

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Measures of Assortativity, Biological Theory (2013)

This paper discusses alternative measures of assortative matching and relates them to Sewall Wright's F-statistic....

 

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Motivations of Competing Altruists (with Rodney Garratt and Gregory Leo) (2013)

This is a preliminary report on our experimental work with competing altruists.

 

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The Good Samaritan and Traffic on the Road to Jericho (2012)

Driving along a lonely road, you come upon a stalled car and a motorist who...

 

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Stem Cell Matching for Patients of Mixed Race (2009)

Patients with leukemia and other blood diseases stand a good chance of recovery and a...

 

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Simple Economies with Multiple Equilibria (with Ken-Ichi Shimomura and Takehiko Yamato), B.E. Journ al of Theoretical Economics: Topics (2009)

This paper studies a general class of pure exchange economies that have multiple equilibria, which...

 

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Solving the Beautiful Mind Coordination Problem (2007)

There are n boys and m girls. The boys are all expected utility maximizers and...

 

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Rationality and Personality in a Restaurant Entry Game: Is there an Entrepreneurial Personality Type? (with Jon C. Sonstelie), Department of Economics, UCSB (2006)

Students in a large principles class participated in a market experiment in which they had...

 

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Natural Kantian or Zoo Economicus? Evolutionary theories of selfishness and altruism among men and beasts, Handbook on the economics of giving, reciprocity and altruism (2006)

This paper addresses the question of whether our evolutionary history suggests that humans are likely...

 

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Log-concave probability and its applications (with Mark Bagnoli), Economic Theory (2005)

In many applications,assumptions about the log-concavity of a probability distribution allow just enough special structure...

 

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Experimental Markets and Chamberlin's Excess Trading Conjecture, Department of Economics, UCSB (2004)

Edward Chamberlin conjectured that the number of trades in realistic trading systems is likely to...

 

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Log-concave Probability and its Applications (with Mark Bagnoli), Department of Economics, UCSB (2004)

In many applications, assumptions about the log-concavity of a probability distribution allow just enough special...

 

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When Non-transitive Relations Take Maxima and Competitive Equilibria Can't Be Beat, Economic Theory and International Trade (2003)

The paper generalizes theorems of Ky Fan and Hugo Sonnenschein on the existence of maximal...

 

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Vernon Smith's Insomnia and the Dawn of Economics as Experimental Science, Scandinavian Journal of Economics (2003)

A retrospective on Vernon Smith's contributions to experimental economics, written for the Scandinavian Journal of...

 

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Evolution of Social Behavior: Individual and Group Selection, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2002)

How selfish does our evolutionary history suggest that humans will be? We explore models in...

 

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The Algebra of Assortative Encounters and the Evolution of Cooperation , Department of Economics, UCSB (2001)

This paper explores the quantitative relation between non random, assortative matching and the maintenance of...

 

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Systems of Benevolent Utility Functions, Journal of Public Economic Theory (1999)

Suppose that each person's utility depends on his or her own consumption as well as...

 

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Storage for Good Times and Bad: Of Rats and Men, Department of Economics, UCSB (1997)

How do rats and squirrels decide how much to hoard for the winter when they...

 

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Nonsubstitution Theorems for a Small Trading Country, Pacific Economic Review (1996)

In 1951, Paul Samuelson showed that a surprisingly rich class of economies the production possibility...

 

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Hotelling Locational Problems with Directional Constraints: An Application to Television News Scheduling (with Maria Cancian and Angela Bills), Journal of Industrial Economics (1995)

If viewers prefer to watch television as soon as they get home from work, how...

 

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Some Simple Analytics of Peak-Load Pricing (with Jeffrey K. Mackie-Mason), Rand Journal of Economics (1991)

Consider a public utility that offers its service at two different times. We study the...

 

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Love and Spaghetti, The Opportunity Cost of Virtue, Journal of Economic Perspectives (1989)

This paper was written in the form of two puzzles. One puzzle concerns Romeo and...

 

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Soldiers of Fortune, Essays in Honor of K.J. Arrow (1986)

This paper shows that if workers have identical wealths, abilities, and preferences then a draft...

 

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On the Private Provision of Public Goods (with Larry Blume and Hal R. Varian), Department of Economics, UCSB (1986)

This paper was stimulated by a paper by Peter Ware, who used calculus first-order conditons...

 

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When Are Nash Equilibria Independent of the Distribution of Agents' Characteristics? (with Hal R. Varian), Review of Economic Studies (1985)

We present examples of Nash equilibria that do not vary with the distribution of a...

 

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When Do Market Games Have Transferable Utility? (with Hal Varian), Journal of Economic Theory (1985)

A question with a nice clean answer. When do market games have transferable utility? Subject...

 

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Two Remarks on Cournot Equilibria (with Hal R. Varian), Economics Letters (1985)

One remark explains how Cournot equilibrium responds to taxation on the duopolists. (To maximize revenue,...

 

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Independence of Allocative Efficiency from Distribution in the Theory of Public Goods (with Richard Cornes), Econometrica (1983)

When is the Pareto optimal amount of public goods independent of income distribution? Subject to...

 

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Can Courtship be Cheatproof? (with Richard Manning), Department of Economics, UCSB (1983)

In 1983, I told Richard Manning about Gale and Shapley's beautiful 1962 paper on matching....

 

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Counting Groves-Ledyard Equilibria Via Degree Theory (with Carl Simon and Charles Titus), Journal of Mathematical Economics (1983)

A Nash equilibria of the Groves-Ledyard mechanism is Pareto optimal. But this may not be...

 

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When is a Man's Life Worth More Than His Human Capital?, The Value of Life and Safety (1982)

This paper develops a "subjectivist" theory of the value that individuals place on risks to...

 

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On Capturing Oil Rents with a National Excise Tax, Department of Economics, UCSB (1982)

This paper argues that since the supply of oil in the ground is inelastic, the...

 

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Gorman and Musgrave are Dual: An Antipodean Theorem on Public Goods (with Richard Cornes), Economics Letters (1981)

This paper finds the conditions under which an allocation branch can determine the efficient amount...

 

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Cournot Equilibrium in Factor Markets, Department of Economics, UCSB (1978)

Cournot's classic oligopoly model has two mineral water sellers whose products are perfect substitutes. Cournot...

 

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Collective Choice and the Lindahl Allocation Method, Theory and Measurement of Economic Externalities (1976)

This paper contains a proof of the existence of Lindahl equilibrium in a very general...

 

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How to Discard Free Disposability--At No Cost, Journal of Mathematical Economics (1976)

This paper shows how to prove the existence of competitive equilibrium without assuming either monotonic...

 

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Preferences Which Have Open Graphs (with Robert Parks and Trout Rader), Department of Economics, UCSB (1976)

Gale and Mas-Collel and Shafer and Sonnenschein introduced powerful new theorems on the existence of...

 

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The Existence of Maximal Elements and Equilibria in the Absence of Transitivity, Department of Economics, UCSB (1975)

This paper generalizes results of Ky Fan and Hugo Sonnenschein on the existence of maximal...

 

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Maximal elements of Acyclic Relations on Compact Sets, Journal of Economic Theory (1975)

This paper proves that a continuous acyclic relation takes a maximal element on any compact...

 

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The Core When Strategies are Restricted by Law, Review of Economic Studies (1975)

The alpha-core is defined to be the set of feasible allocations such that no coalition...

 

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Competitive Equilibrium Without Transitivity, Monotonicity, or Free Disposal, Department of Economics, UCSB (1973)

This paper shows how to relax several of the standard assumptions used to prove the...

 

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On Efficient Provision of Social Overhead Goods, Jahrbook der Wirtschaft Osteuropas. Yearbook of East European Economics (1973)

This paper was my attempt to build a theory of "public factors of production" such...

 

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Interrelated Consumer Preference and Voluntary Exchange, Papers in Quantitative Economics (1971)

This paper presents a model of interrelated preferences for pairs of individuals. It investigates the...

 

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On the Existence and Optimality of Competitive Equilibrium for a Slave Economy, Review of Economic Studies (1971)

A famous paper by Conrad and Meyer calculates that on the eve of the American...

 

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A Scandinavian Consensus Solution for Efficient Income Distribution Among Nonmalevolent Consumers, Journal of Economic Theory (1970)

If Persons A and B are both benevolent to C, then a gift from A...

 

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Human Capital in an Economic Growth Model (1967)

This is my Stanford Ph D thesis. It incorporates "human capital" into an economic growth...

 

Public Finance

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Saving Lives with Stem Cell Transplants (with Damien Sheehan-Connor and Rodney Garratt) (2014)

For patients with certain diseases, blood stem cell transplants can be life-saving. But a transplant...

 

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Review of Robert Frank's Darwin Economy (2012)

This is a short book review of Frank's ``Darwin Economy''.

 

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The Uncommon Insight of Elinor Ostrom, Scandinavian Journal of Economics (2010)

Abstract Standard economic approaches to the problem of overuse of common property resources have emphasized...

 

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A Public Choice Framework for Controlling Transmissable and Evolving Diseases (with Benjamin M. Althouse and Carl T. Bergstrom), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2010)
 

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A public choice framework for controlling transmissable and evolving diseases (with Carl T. Bergstrom and Ben Althouse) (2009)

Control measures used to limit the spread of infectious disease often generate externalities. Vaccination for...

 

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One Chance in a Million: Altruism and the Bone Marrow Registry (with Rod Garratt and Damien Sheehan-Connor), American Economic Review (2009)

Transplants of donated stem cells save the lives of many patients with blood diseases. Donation...

 

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Natural Kantian or Zoo Economicus? Evolutionary theories of selfishness and altruism among men and beasts, Handbook on the economics of giving, reciprocity and altruism (2006)

This paper addresses the question of whether our evolutionary history suggests that humans are likely...

 

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Benefit-cost in a Benevolent Society, American Economic Review (2006)

How should benefit-cost analysis account for the value that benevolent individuals place on other people's...

 

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Demographics and the Political Sustainability of Pay-as-you-go Social Security (with John Hartman), Department of Economics, UCSB (2005)

The net present value of costs and benefits from a pay-as-you-go social security system are...

 

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Comment on The Welfare Loss from Price Distortion, Department of Economics, UCSB (1996)

One of the most disconcerting results in welfare economics is the "paradox of the second...

 

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Comment on The Welfare Loss from Price Distortion , Department of Economics, UCSB (1996)

One of the most disconcerting results in welfare economics is the "paradox of the second...

 

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Do Government Subsidies Increase the Private Supply of Public Goods? (with Jim Andreoni), Public Choice (1996)

Can the government get people to contribute more to public goods by subsidizing voluntary contributions....

 

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The Political Economy of Subsidized Day Care (with Soren Blomquist), European Journal of Political Economy (1996)

This paper presents a theoretical model of political support for public provision of day care....

 

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On the Economics of Crime and Confiscation, Journal of Economic Perspectives (1990)

This little paper is presented in the form of two puzzles. It shows that simple...

 

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A Test for Efficiency in the Supply of Public Goods (with Judith Roberts, Daniel Rubinfeld, and Perry Shapiro ), Department of Economics, UCSB (1988)

This paper conducts an empirical test of whether local governments spend more or less than...

 

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Soldiers of Fortune, Essays in Honor of K.J. Arrow (1986)

This paper shows that if workers have identical wealths, abilities, and preferences then a draft...

 

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On the private provision of public goods (with Hal R. Varian and Larry Blume), Journal of Public Economics (1986)

We consider a general model of the non-cooperative provision of a public good. Under very...

 

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On the Private Provision of Public Goods (with Larry Blume and Hal R. Varian), Department of Economics, UCSB (1986)

This paper was stimulated by a paper by Peter Ware, who used calculus first-order conditons...

 

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Property Rights and Taxation in the Australian Minerals Sector, The Minerals Sector and the Australian Economy (1984)

Mineral deposits in Australia are generally owned by states. Exploration licenses and mining leases are...

 

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Independence of Allocative Efficiency from Distribution in the Theory of Public Goods (with Richard Cornes), Econometrica (1983)

When is the Pareto optimal amount of public goods independent of income distribution? Subject to...

 

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Counting Groves-Ledyard Equilibria Via Degree Theory (with Carl Simon and Charles Titus), Journal of Mathematical Economics (1983)

A Nash equilibria of the Groves-Ledyard mechanism is Pareto optimal. But this may not be...

 

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When is a Man's Life Worth More Than His Human Capital?, The Value of Life and Safety (1982)

This paper develops a "subjectivist" theory of the value that individuals place on risks to...

 

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Micro-Based Estimatesof Demand Functions for Local School Expenditures (with Daniel L. Rubinfeld and Perry Shapiro), Econometrica (1982)

We devise and apply a new method for estimating demand for local public goods from...

 

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On capturing oil rents with a national excise tax, American Economic Review (1982)

This paper argues that since the supply of oil in the ground is inelastic, the...

 

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On Capturing Oil Rents with a National Excise Tax, Department of Economics, UCSB (1982)

This paper argues that since the supply of oil in the ground is inelastic, the...

 

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Gorman and Musgrave are Dual: An Antipodean Theorem on Public Goods (with Richard Cornes), Economics Letters (1981)

This paper finds the conditions under which an allocation branch can determine the efficient amount...

 

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Do Governments Spend Too Much?, National Tax Journal (1979)

This paper extends Bowen's theorem on the efficiency of majority-chosen public expenditures. It also discusses...

 

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When Does Majority Rule Supply Public Goods Efficiently?, Scandinavian Journal of Economics (1979)

H.R. Bowen showed that if voters have equal tax shares and if marginal rates of...

 

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An Economic Approach to Social Choice II (with Trout Rader), Public Choice (1978)
 

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Collective Choice and the Lindahl Allocation Method, Theory and Measurement of Economic Externalities (1976)

This paper contains a proof of the existence of Lindahl equilibrium in a very general...

 

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Regulation of Externalities, Journal of Public Economics (1976)

This paper presents a general equilibrium model with marketable pollution permits. It shows that competitive...

 

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Private Demands for Public Goods (with Robert P. Goodman), American Economic Review (1973)

This paper develops a method for using data for a large cross-section of municipalities relating...

 

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A Note on Efficient Taxation, Journal of Political Economy (1973)

This note was inspired by a 1970 JPE paper by Robin Barlow, who claimed that...

 

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On Efficient Provision of Social Overhead Goods, Jahrbook der Wirtschaft Osteuropas. Yearbook of East European Economics (1973)

This paper was my attempt to build a theory of "public factors of production" such...

 

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The Use of Markets to Control Pollution, Recherches Economique de Louvain (1973)
 

Evolution and Economics

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On the evolution of hoarding, risk-taking, and wealth distribution in nonhuman and human populations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014)

This paper applies the theory of the evolution of risk-taking in the presence of idiosyncratic...

 

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Measures of Assortativity, Biological Theory (2013)

This paper discusses alternative measures of assortative matching and relates them to Sewall Wright's F-statistic....

 

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Models of Assortative Matching (2012)

This paper explores the theory and statistical identification of two distinct models of assortative matching....

 

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Review of Robert Frank's Darwin Economy (2012)

This is a short book review of Frank's ``Darwin Economy''.

 

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Ethics, Evolution, and games Among Neighbors (2009)

Several similar maxims, known as "Golden Rules" are found in the writings of moral philosophers...

 

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Some Evolutionary Economics of Family Partnerships, Department of Economics, UCSB (2007)

The article focuses on the economics of family partnerships. It states an allegory involving a...

 

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Natural Kantian or Zoo Economicus? Evolutionary theories of selfishness and altruism among men and beasts, Handbook on the economics of giving, reciprocity and altruism (2006)

This paper addresses the question of whether our evolutionary history suggests that humans are likely...

 

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The Costs and Benefits of Library Site Licenses to Academic Journals (with Carl T. Bergstrom), Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (2004)

Scientific publishing is rapidly shifting from a paper-based system to one of predominantly electronic distribution,...

 

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The Algebra of Assortative Encounters and the Evolution of Cooperation, International Game Theory Review (2003)

This paper explores the way that assortative matching can maintain cooperative behavior under evolutionary dynamics.

 

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The Iron Law of Selfishness: Response to a comment by Alexander Field, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2003)

Alexander Field was not convinced of a result that I claimed in my JEP 2001...

 

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Evolution of Social Behavior: Individual and Group Selection, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2002)

How selfish does our evolutionary history suggest that humans will be? We explore models in...

 

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The Algebra of Assortative Encounters and the Evolution of Cooperation , Department of Economics, UCSB (2001)

This paper explores the quantitative relation between non random, assortative matching and the maintenance of...

 

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Evolution of Behavior in Family Games, Department of Economics, UCSB (2000)

William Hamilton developed the biological theory of kin selection before game theory became familiar to...

 

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Does Mother Nature Punish Rotten Kids? (with Carl T. Bergstrom), Journal of Bioeconomics (1999)

The theory of parent-offspring conflict predicts that mothers and their offspring may not agree about...

 

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Storage for Good Times and Bad: Of Rats and Men, Department of Economics, UCSB (1997)

How do rats and squirrels decide how much to hoard for the winter when they...

 

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On the Evolution of Altruistic Ethical Rules for Siblings, American Economic Review (1995)

This paper explores the evolutionary foundations of altruism among siblings and extends biologists' kin-selection theory...

 

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Primogeniture, Monogamy, and Reproductive Success in a Stratified Society, Department of Economics, UCSB (1994)

This paper explores the workings of stratified societies in which there is primogeniture and where...

 

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On the Economics of Polygyny, Department of Economics, UCSB (1994)

About 80% of all societies recorded by anthropologists are polygynous (men have many wives). Even...

 

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How Altruism Can Prevail in an Evolutionary Environment (with Oded Stark), American Economic Review (1993)

This paper considers a series of examples in which evolution supports cooperative behavior in single-shot...

 

Economics of the Family

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Evolution of Behavior in Family Games, Department of Economics, UCSB (2000)

William Hamilton developed the biological theory of kin selection before game theory became familiar to...

 

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Does Mother Nature Punish Rotten Kids? (with Carl T. Bergstrom), Journal of Bioeconomics (1999)

The theory of parent-offspring conflict predicts that mothers and their offspring may not agree about...

 

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Economics in a Family Way, Journal of Economic Literature (1996)

This paper is an advertisement for some facts and ideas that I think likely to...

 

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Income Prospects and Age at Marriage (with Bob Schoeni), Journal of Population Economics (1996)

In an earlier paper Courtship as a Waiting Game, Mark Bagnoli and I proposed a...

 

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A Survey of Theories of the Family, Handbook of Population and Family Economics (1995)

This review explores the theory of household technology and the associated possibilities for distributing utility...

 

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Courtship as a Waiting Game (with Mark Bagnoli), Journal of Political Economy (1993)

In most times and places, women on average, marry older men. We suggest a partial...

 

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A Fresh Look at the Rotten Kid Theorem, Journal of Political Economy (1989)

Gary Becker's ``Rotten Kid Theorem'' asserts that if all family members receive gifts of money...

 

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The effects of cohort size on marriage markets in twentieth century Sweden (with David Lam), The family, the market, and the state in industrialized countries (1989)

Large, short-run fluctuations in the birth rate have been an important demographic feature of industrialized,...

 

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The Two-Sex Problem and the Marriage Squeeze in an Equilibrium Model of Marriage Markets (with David Lam), Department of Economics, UCSB (1989)

We develop a model of marriage market equilibrium that can be used to study effects...

 

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Love and Spaghetti, The Opportunity Cost of Virtue, Journal of Economic Perspectives (1989)

This paper was written in the form of two puzzles. One puzzle concerns Romeo and...

 

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Recovering Event Histories by Cubic Spline Interpolation (with David Lam), Mathematical Population Studies (1988)

If event histories are recorded in discrete intervals of times, errors are introduced when the...

 

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Can Courtship be Cheatproof? (with Richard Manning), Department of Economics, UCSB (1983)

In 1983, I told Richard Manning about Gale and Shapley's beautiful 1962 paper on matching....

 

Resource Economics

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Some Simple Analytics of Peak-Load Pricing (with Jeffrey K. Mackie-Mason), Rand Journal of Economics (1991)

Consider a public utility that offers its service at two different times. We study the...

 

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Property Rights and Taxation in the Australian Minerals Sector, The Minerals Sector and the Australian Economy (1984)

Mineral deposits in Australia are generally owned by states. Exploration licenses and mining leases are...

 

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On capturing oil rents with a national excise tax, American Economic Review (1982)

This paper argues that since the supply of oil in the ground is inelastic, the...

 

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Efficiency-Inducing Taxation for a Monopolistically Supplied Depletable Resource (with John Cross and Dick Porter), Department of Economics, UCSB (1981)

We show that for a depletable resource, if the competitive time path of prices is...

 

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Regulation of Externalities, Journal of Public Economics (1976)

This paper presents a general equilibrium model with marketable pollution permits. It shows that competitive...

 

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The Use of Markets to Control Pollution, Recherches Economique de Louvain (1973)
 

Economics of Publications

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COST EFFECTIVENESS OF OPEN ACCESS PUBLICATIONS (with Jevin D. West and Carl T. Bergstrom), Economic Inquiry (2014)

Open access publishing has been proposed as one possible solution to the serials crisis—the rapidly...

 

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Evaluating big deal journal bundles, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2014)

Large commercial publishers sell bundled online subscriptions to their entire list of academic journals at...

 

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Librarians and the terrible fix: economics of the Big Deal, Serials (2010)

The academic journal market is characterized by delegated purchasing, unreliable signals of demand, and a...

 

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Big Macs and Eigenfactor Scores: Don't Let the Correlation Coefficients Fool You (with Jevin D. West and Carl T. Bergstrom), Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2010)

A recent article by Phil Davis suggested that the Eigenvalue metric does adds little useful...

 

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Differences in Impact Factor Across Fields and Over Time (with Benjamin M. Althouse, Jevin D. West, and Carl T. Bergstrom), Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2008)

The impact factor of an academic journal for any year is the number of times...

 

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How often do economists self-archive? (with Rosemarie Lavaty), Department of Economics, UCSB (2007)

To answer the question of the paper's title, we looked at the tables of contents...

 

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The economics of ecology journals (with Carl T. Bergstrom), Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2007)

Large commercial publishers charge dramatically higher prices to institutions than do non-profit publishers. These price...

 

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The costs and benefits of library site licenses to academic journals (with Carl T. Bergstrom), Department of Economics, UCSB (2004)

Scientific publishing is rapidly shifting from a paper-based system to one of predominantly electronic distribution,...

 

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Pricing and Cost of Electronic Journals, Department of Economics, UCSB (2002)

Here are two comments published by the JEP on my 2001 journals paper my response.

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Do University Site Licenses for Academic Journals Benefit the Scientific Community? (with Carl T. Bergstrom), Department of Economics, UCSB (2001)

When academic journals were distributed only as paper editions, the obvious way for scholars to...

 

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Free Labor for Costly Journals , Department of Economics, UCSB (2001)

Commercial publishers charge libraries about 6 times as much per page and 16 times as...

 

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Free Labor for Costly Journals, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2001)

Commercial publishers charge libraries about 6 times as much per page and 16 times as...

 

Health Economics

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Saving Lives with Stem Cell Transplants (with Damien Sheehan-Connor and Rodney Garratt) (2014)

For patients with certain diseases, blood stem cell transplants can be life-saving. But a transplant...

 

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A Public Choice Framework for Controlling Transmissable and Evolving Diseases (with Benjamin M. Althouse and Carl T. Bergstrom), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2010)
 

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Stem Cell Matching for Patients of Mixed Race (2009)

Patients with leukemia and other blood diseases stand a good chance of recovery and a...

 

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A public choice framework for controlling transmissable and evolving diseases (with Carl T. Bergstrom and Ben Althouse) (2009)

Control measures used to limit the spread of infectious disease often generate externalities. Vaccination for...

 

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One Chance in a Million: Altruism and the Bone Marrow Registry (with Rod Garratt and Damien Sheehan-Connor), American Economic Review (2009)

Transplants of donated stem cells save the lives of many patients with blood diseases. Donation...

 

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Medical Care, Medical Insurance, and Survival Probability--The True Cost of Living, Economic Aspects of Health (1982)

This paper incorporates medical insurance, life insurance, annuities, and the value of risks to human...

 

Teaching Economics

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Teaching Economics Interactively: A Cannibal's Dinner Party, Department of Economics, UCSB (2007)

This paper describes techniques that I use to teach economics principles "interactively". These techniques include...

 

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Rationality and Personality in a Restaurant Entry Game: Is there an Entrepreneurial Personality Type? (with Jon C. Sonstelie), Department of Economics, UCSB (2006)

Students in a large principles class participated in a market experiment in which they had...

 

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Extracting Valuable Information from Classroom Trading Pits (with Eugene Kwok), Journal of Economic Education (2005)

Edward Chamberlin, who initiated classroom market experiences, used the results of his experiments to argue...

 

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Experimental Markets and Chamberlin's Excess Trading Conjecture, Department of Economics, UCSB (2004)

Edward Chamberlin conjectured that the number of trades in realistic trading systems is likely to...

 

Economics of Altruism

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Saving Lives with Stem Cell Transplants (with Damien Sheehan-Connor and Rodney Garratt) (2014)

For patients with certain diseases, blood stem cell transplants can be life-saving. But a transplant...

 

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Ethics and the Volunteers' Dilemma (2012)

This paper explores the Nash equilibria that arise under alternative rules for ethical behavior in...

 

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Single-payer Volunteers' Dilemma (2012)

The "Volunteers' Dilemma model which was introduced by Andreas Diekmann is a game theoretic model...

 

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The Good Samaritan and Traffic on the Road to Jericho (2012)

Driving along a lonely road, you come upon a stalled car and a motorist who...

 

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Models of Assortative Matching (2012)

This paper explores the theory and statistical identification of two distinct models of assortative matching....

 

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One Chance in a Million: Altruism and the Bone Marrow Registry (with Rod Garratt and Damien Sheehan-Connor), American Economic Review (2009)

Transplants of donated stem cells save the lives of many patients with blood diseases. Donation...

 

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Ethics, Evolution, and games Among Neighbors (2009)

Several similar maxims, known as "Golden Rules" are found in the writings of moral philosophers...

 

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Some Evolutionary Economics of Family Partnerships, Department of Economics, UCSB (2007)

The article focuses on the economics of family partnerships. It states an allegory involving a...

 

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The Algebra of Assortative Encounters and the Evolution of Cooperation, International Game Theory Review (2003)

This paper explores the way that assortative matching can maintain cooperative behavior under evolutionary dynamics.

 

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The Iron Law of Selfishness: Response to a comment by Alexander Field, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2003)

Alexander Field was not convinced of a result that I claimed in my JEP 2001...

 

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The Algebra of Assortative Encounters and the Evolution of Cooperation , Department of Economics, UCSB (2001)

This paper explores the quantitative relation between non random, assortative matching and the maintenance of...

 

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Systems of Benevolent Utility Functions, Journal of Public Economic Theory (1999)

Suppose that each person's utility depends on his or her own consumption as well as...

 

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On the Evolution of Altruistic Ethical Rules for Siblings, American Economic Review (1995)

This paper explores the evolutionary foundations of altruism among siblings and extends biologists' kin-selection theory...

 

Link

Interrelated Consumer Preference and Voluntary Exchange, Papers in Quantitative Economics (1971)

This paper presents a model of interrelated preferences for pairs of individuals. It investigates the...

 

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A Scandinavian Consensus Solution for Efficient Income Distribution Among Nonmalevolent Consumers, Journal of Economic Theory (1970)

If Persons A and B are both benevolent to C, then a gift from A...

 

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Cost-effectiveness of open access publications (with Jevin D. West and Carl T. Bergstrom) (2013)

Open access publishing has been proposed as one possible solution to the serials crisis |...