Susan Athey's Homepage               


Professor of Economics

Department of Economics, Harvard University                    

Other affiliations:

Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research New England, Jan-Dec 2012

Research Associate, NBER

Disclaimer: Material on this website represents my own views and research and not those of any Corporation or institution, including Harvard University, Microsoft Corporation, NBER, or the National Science Foundation.

Personal and Contact Information

About Me: Curriculum Vita, Bio, Articles about me from the Press, Non-technical Research Summary

Professional Advice (Prospective Graduate Students, Negotiating Faculty Job Offers, an article for High-School Students)

Teaching, Advising, and Workshops

My Students: Placement and Links to Their Homepages

Research

General Interests: Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organization, Econometrics.

This document summarizes my research and has links to the papers below.

My papers are organized by topic to make them easier to find.  There is some duplication/cross-listing.  For a chronological list of my articles look at my cv. Topics:

1.  Dynamic and Repeated Games and Mechanisms

2.  Auctions, Market Design, and Online Advertising (Theory, Empirical, and Econometrics)

3.  Econometric Theory (Identification and Estimation Approaches)

4.  Monotone Comparative Statics and Applications (Value of Information, Uncertainty, Existence of Equilibria, Games with Strategic Substitutes)

5.  Economics of Organizations

6.  Empirical Industrial Organization and Econometrics of IO

1. Dynamic and Repeated Games and Mechanisms

 

Paper Title

Coauthors

Citation

Last Revised

Coming soon... "Dynamic Auctions with Persistent Private Information"

Kyle Bagwell

Working Paper

In progress

"The Dynamics of Open Source Software"

Glenn Ellison

Working Paper

2010

"A Theory of Community Formation and Social Hierarchy"

Emilio Calvano, Saumitra Jha

Working Paper

June, 2010

"Designing Efficient Mechanisms for Dynamic Bilateral Trading Games"

Ilya Segal

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May, 2007.

January, 2007. 

"An Efficient Dynamic Mechanism"

Ilya Segal

Working Paper

February, 2007.  This is a major revision over the last version.

"Collusion with Persistent Cost Shocks"

"Supplementary Material"

Kyle Bagwell

Econometrica, Vol. 76, No. 3 (May, 2008), 493540.

July, 2006!

"Efficiency in Repeated Trade with Hidden Valuations"

David Miller

Theoretical Economics, Volume 2, Number 3 (September 2007), 299354.

June, 2006

"The Optimal Degree of Monetary Policy Discretion"

Andrew Atkeson, Patrick Kehoe

Econometrica 73 (5), September, 2005, 1431-1476.

 

"Collusion and Price Rigidity."

Kyle Bagwell, Chris Sanchirico

Review of Economic Studies 71 (2), April 2004.

1998 version: MIT Working Paper 98-23

"Optimal Collusion with Private Information."

Kyle Bagwell

RAND Journal of Economics September 2001, 32 (3): 428-465. 

MIT Working Paper 99-12.

" Investment and Market Dominance."

Armin Schmutzler

RAND Journal of Economics 32 (1), Spring 2001: 1-26.

 

"Mentoring and Diversity

Chris Avery and Peter Zemsky

American Economic Review 90 (4) September 2000: 765-786.

October1998 version (includes labor market model).

2. Auctions, Market Design, and Online Advertising (Theory, Empirical, and Econometrics)
 

Paper Title

Coauthors

Working Paper Number

Last Revised

 Position Paper: Sponsored Search Auctions are Combinatorial   

Ian A. Kash, Peter Key, David C. Parkes, Mahyar Salek, and Moshe Tennenholtz

Working paper

Coming soon

 Consumer Tracking and Efficient Matching in Online Advertising Markets   

Emilio Calvano and Joshua Gans

Working paper

Coming soon

 "Peaches, Lemons, and Cookies: Designing Auction Markets with Dispersed Information"   

Moshe Babaioff, Michael Grubb and Ittai Abraham

Working paper

October 2011

 "The Impact of News Aggregators on Internet News Consumption: The Case of Localization"   

Markus Mobius

Working paper

February, 2012

 "The Impact of the Internet on Advertising Markets for News Media"   

Emilo Calvano and Joshua S. Gans

Working Paper

April, 2012

 "Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions"    Appendix

Jonathan Levin

Dominic Coey

forthcoming, American Economic Journals: Microeconomics

May, 2012

The Impact of Targeting Technology on Advertising Markets and Media Competition

Joshua Gans American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2010.  

" A Structural Model of Sponsored Search Advertising Auctions"

Denis Nekipelov

Working paper

January, 2012

" Exchange Rate Fluctuations, Consumer Demand, and Advertising: The Case of Internet Search"

Maya Cohen Meidan

Working paper

November, 2010

"Comparing Open and Sealed Bid Auctions: Theory and Evidence from Timber Auctions"

Online Appendix.

Jonathan Levin and Enrique Seira

Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 126(1), 2011, 207-257.

"Skewed Bidding in Pay Per Action Auctions for Online Advertising"

Nikhil Agarwal, David Yang

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2009.

 

"Position Auctions with Consumer Search"

Glenn Ellison

Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 126(3), 2011, 1213-1270.

2010.

2008 working paper version

Coming soon... "Dynamic Auctions with Persistent Private Information"

Kyle Bagwell

Working Paper

In progress

"Empirical Models of Auctions"

Phil Haile

Invited lecture prepared for the Ninth World Congress of the Econometric Society, London

March, 2006

"Collusion with Persistent Cost Shocks"

"Supplementary Material"

Kyle Bagwell

Econometrica, Vol. 76, No. 3 (May, 2008), 493540.

July, 2006!

"Collusion with Persistent Cost Shocks"

Kyle Bagwell

Working Paper

July, 2004

"Nonparametric Approaches to Auctions"

Philip Haile

Handbook of Econometrics, Volume 6, Forthcoming.

 

"Collusion and Price Rigidity."

Kyle Bagwell, Chris Sanchirico

Review of Economic Studies 71 (2), April 2004.

1998 version: MIT Working Paper 98-23

 "Identification in Standard Auction Models" (Sept. 2001 version)

Philip Haile

Econometrica, 70 (6), November 2002, pp. 2107-2140.

August, 2000.

"Single Crossing Properties and the Existence of Pure Strategy Equlibria in Games of Incomplete Information."

 

Econometrica 69 (4) July 2001: 861-890.

The July 1997 version has numerical analysis of asymmetric auctions.   July 1997 Paper: scpgii.ps . July 1987 Appendix: scpgiiap.ps.

Optimal Collusion with Private Information.

Kyle Bagwell

RAND Journal of Economics September 2001, 32 (3): 428-465. 

MIT Working Paper 99-12.

 Information andCompetition in U.S. Forest Service Timber Auctions.

Jonathan Levin

Journal of Political Economy, 109 (2), April 2001.

 

 

3. Econometric Theory (Identification and Estimation Approaches)
 

Paper Title

Coauthors

Citation

Last Revised

"Discrete Choice Models with Multiple Unobserved Choice Characteristics"

Guido Imbens

International Economic Review 2007, Volume 48 (4), 1159-1192 .

April, 2007

"Empirical Models of Auctions"

Phil Haile

Invited lecture prepared for the Ninth World Congress of the Econometric Society, London

September, 2005

"An Empirical Framework for Testing Theories About Complementarity in Organizational Design "

Scott Stern

NBER Working Paper 6600

February, 1998

"Nonparametric Approaches to Auctions"

Philip Haile

Handbook of Econometrics, Volume 6, Forthcoming.

2005

"Identification and Inference in Nonlinear Difference-in-Differences Models"

"Supplemental Material"

Matlab Programs and Documentation for Applying CIC Model and generating tables (check with authors for potential updates and for Stata implementation)

Guido Imbens

Econometrica, 74 (2), March 2006, pp. 431-497.

Slides for UCL seminar: "Distributions of Treatment Effects in Experimental Settings: Applications of Nonlinear Difference-in-Difference Models"

"Identification in Standard Auction Models" (Sept. 2001 version)

Philip Haile

Econometrica, 70 (6), November 2002, pp. 2107-2140.

August, 2000.

4. Monotone Comparative Statics and Applications (Value of Information, Uncertainty, Existence of Equilibria, Strategic Substitutes)
 

Paper Title

Coauthors

Citation

Last Revised

"Monotone Comparative Statics Under Uncertainty."

 

Quarterly Journal of Economics, CXVII (1), February 2002, 187-223.

1998 Working Paper Version, MIT Working Paper 96-22, with additional results.

"Single Crossing Properties and the Existence of Pure Strategy Equlibria in Games of Incomplete Information."

 

Econometrica 69 (4) July 2001: 861-890.

The July 1997 version has numerical analysis of asymmetric auctions.   July 1997 Paper: scpgii.ps . July 1987 Appendix: scpgiiap.ps.

" Investment and Market Dominance."

Armin Schmutzler

RAND Journal of Economics 32 (1), Spring 2001: 1-26.

 

Product and Process Flexibility in an Innovative Environment

Armin Schmutzler

RAND Journal of Economics, 26 (4) Winter1995: 557-574.

 

"The Value of Information in Monotone Decision Problems"

Jonathan Levin

MIT Working Paper 98-24

December, 2001

"Investment and Information Value for a Risk-Averse Firm.

 

MIT Working Paper 00-30

November, 2000

"Characterizing Properties of Stochastic Objective Functions."

 

MIT Working Paper 96-1R 

October, 2000

"Robust Comparative Statics"

Draft of Chapters 0-4

Teaching notes for a graduate micro class integrated with some producer theory

Note: this draft may have typos and is generally not polished.  I have posted it in response to requests, but please use at your own risk. 

Paul Milgrom, John Roberts

 

1998

5. Economics of Organizations

Paper Title

Coauthors

Citation

Last Revised

"A Theory of Community Formation and Social Hierarchy"

Emilio Calvano, Saumitra Jha

Working Paper

June, 2010

"What Does Performance in Graduate School Predict? Graduate Economics Education and Student Outcomes"

Larry Katz, Alan Krueger, James Poterba, and Steve Levitt

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2007, Forthcoming.

January, 2007.

Coming soon... "The Dynamics of Open Source Software"

Glenn Ellison

Working Paper

January, 2006 (preliminary)

       

"The Impact of Information Technology on Emergency Health Care Outcomes"

Scott Stern

RAND Journal of Economics, 33 (3), Autumn 2002, pp. 399-432.

    

"Organizational Design: Decision Rights and Incentive Contracts."

John Roberts

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2001.

     

"Mentoring and Diversity

Chris Avery and Peter Zemsky

American Economic Review 90 (4) September 2000: 765-786.

October1998 version (includes labor market model).

"Information Technology and Training in Emergency Call Centers."

Scott Stern

Proceedings of the Fifty-First Annual Meetings (New York, Jan 3-5, 1999). Madison, WI: Industrial Relations Research Association, pp. 53-60. 

 

"An Empirical Framework for Testing Theories About Complementarity in Organizational Design "

Scott Stern

NBER Working Paper 6600

February, 1998

Product and Process Flexibility in an Innovative Environment

Armin Schmutzler

RAND Journal of Economics, 26 (4) Winter1995: 557-574.

 

6. Empirical Industrial Organization and Econometrics of IO
 

 

Paper Title

Coauthors

Working Paper Number

Last Revised

 "The Impact of News Aggregators on Internet News Consumption: The Case of Localization"   

Markus Mobius

Working Paper

February, 2012

" A Structural Model of Sponsored Search Advertising Auctions"

Denis Nekipelov

Working paper

January, 2012

"Set-Asides and Subsidies in Auctions"

Appendix

Jonathan Levin

Dominic Coey

forthcoming, American Economic Journals: Microeconomics

May, 2012

" Exchange Rate Fluctuations, Consumer Demand, and Advertising: The Case of Internet Search"

Maya Cohen Meidan

Working paper

November, 2010

"Comparing Open and Sealed Bid Auctions: Theory and Evidence from Timber Auctions"

Online Appendix.

Jonathan Levin and Enrique Seira

Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol. 126(1), 2011, 207-257.

"Nonparametric Approaches to Auctions"

Philip Haile

Handbook of Econometrics, Volume 6, Forthcoming.

2005

"Discrete Choice Models with Multiple Unobserved Choice Characteristics"

Guido Imbens

International Economic Review 2007, Volume 48 (4), 1159-1192 .

April, 2007

"Empirical Models of Auctions"

Phil Haile

Invited lecture prepared for the Ninth World Congress of the Econometric Society, London

September, 2005

"The Impact of Information Technology on Emergency Health Care Outcomes"

Scott Stern

RAND Journal of Economics, 33 (3), Autumn 2002, pp. 399-432.

    

"An Empirical Framework for Testing Theories About Complementarity in Organizational Design "

Scott Stern

NBER Working Paper 6600

February, 1998

"Identification in Standard Auction Models" (Sept. 2001 version)

Philip Haile

Econometrica, 70 (6), November 2002, pp. 2107-2140.

August, 2000.

Information andCompetition and U.S. Forest Service Timber Auctions.

Jonathan Levin

Journal of Political Economy, 109 (2), April 2001.

 

"Information Technology and Training in Emergency Call Centers."

Scott Stern

Proceedings of the Fifty-First Annual Meetings (New York, Jan 3-5, 1999). Madison, WI: Industrial Relations Research Association, pp. 53-60. 

 

I am grateful to the National Science Foundation, SBR-9631760, SES-9983820, and SES-0351500 for supporting much of the research listed above.  Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF), MIT, Stanford, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Teaching

This Year's Courses

Economics 980m, Market Design.  See the course isite.  Instructors from other schools interested in course materials, please email me or look at prior years' courses.

Prior Years' Courses

 Economics 1056, Market Design (Advanced Undergraduate Course).  Studies topics in market design, focusing on auctions, auction-based marketplaces and platform markets. Theory and applications.

Economics 2056b, Market Design (Graduate Elective).  Studies topics in market design, focusing on auctions, auction-based marketplaces and platform markets. Covers methods and results from theory, empirical work, econometrics and experiments, highlighting practical issues in real-world design.

Economics 980m, Market Design. Here is the syllabus with links to the reading list and project ideas

Economics 2061, Dynamic Games and Contracts.  Here is the syllabus and the reading list.

Economics 289 , Advanced Topics in Game Theory and Information Economics

Economics 157  (Stanford), Imperfect Competition

Economics 257  (Stanford), The Economics of Industry, Regulation, and Firm Organizations I (with Liran Einav)

Economics 257  (Stanford), The Economics of Industry, Regulation, and Firm Organizations I (with Pat Bajari)
MIT 14.121 Microeconomic Theory I (graduate) ( 14.121 Web Page)
MIT 14.129 Contract Theory (graduate) ( 14.129 Web Page)
MIT 14.03 Intermediate Applied Microeconomics (undergraduate) ( 14.03 Web Page)

 

Professional Advice (Prospective Graduate Students, Negotiating Senior Faculty Job Offers)

Advice for Applying to Economics Grad Schools

Negotiating Senior Job Offers (see p. 10 of the newsletter)

An article I wrote for Imagine, a magazine aimed at gifted high school students, entitled: "Economics:Applying Math to Real-World Problems."

 

 


Voice Recognition Information and Macros

Contains helpful links and my MathType and Scientific Workplace Macros. 



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