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Robert Akerlof

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Telephone: +44 (0)24 765 23423

Email: R dot Akerlof at warwick dot ac dot uk

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Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconomic Theory
  • Organizational Economics
  • Sociology and Economics


Published/Forthcoming Papers

"Network Externalities and Market Dominance" (with Richard Holden and Luis Rayo), Management Science, forthcoming.

“Stories at Work” (with Niko Matouschek and Luis Rayo), American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2020, 199-204.

Capital Assembly" (with Richard Holden), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 35(3), 2019, 489-512. (previously titled “Network Capital,” CEPR Discussion Paper 11763, January 2017.)

"Value Formation: The Role of Esteem," Games and Economic Behavior, 102, 2017, 1-19. Lead Article. [Appendix]

"The Importance of Legitimacy," World Bank Economic Review, 30(S), 2017, 157-165.

"Movers and Shakers" (with Richard Holden), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 131(4), 2016, 1849-1874.

"Anger and Enforcement," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, June 2016, 110-24.

"'We Thinking' and its Consequences," American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, May 2016, 415-19.

“The Nature of Tournaments” (with Richard Holden), Economic Theory, 51(2), 2012, 289-313.

Working Papers

"Getting the Picture" (with Richard Holden and Hongyi Li)

"Coordinating Supply Chains" (with Richard Holden)

"Narratives and the Economics of the Family" (with Luis Rayo). [Online Supplement]

“Layoffs and Productivity at a Bangladeshi Sweater Factory” (with Anik Ashraf, Rocco Macchiavello, and Atonu Rabbani)

"Ruling the Roost: The Vicious Circle and the Emergence of Pecking Order" (with Hongyi Li and Jonathan Yeo), previous version titled "Lords and Vassals"


"Group Identity"


EC9B8 Topics in Advanced Economic Theory (Term 1, MRes/PhD)

EC208 Industrial Economics I: Market Structure (Term 1, Undergraduate)

EC135 Topics in Applied Economics (Term 2, Undergraduate)