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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: S2.103

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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, forthcoming. (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 Lieges" (with Hongyi Li and Jonathan Yeo)


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

EC135 Topics in Applied Economics (Term 2, Undergrad)