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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

Room: S0.77

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Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Applied Microeconomic Theory
  • Organizational Economics
  • Sociology and Economics


Published/Forthcoming Papers

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

"Network Externalities and Market Dominance" (with Richard Holden and Luis Rayo). [Online Supplement.]


"Narratives and the Economics of the Family" (with Luis Rayo)

"Group Identity"

"(S)weathering the Storm: Firing, Restructuring, and Productivity in a Bangladeshi Garment Factory" (with Anik Ashraf, Rocco Macchiavello, Atonu Rabbani, and Chris Woodruff)

"Lords and Vassals: Power, Patronage, and the Emergence of Inequality" (with Hongyi Li and Jonathan Yeo)


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

EC135 Topics in Applied Economics (Term 2, Undergrad)