James W. Roberts
 Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Duke University and Research Associate of NBER



Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University
BA, Economics, Davidson College

Fields of Specialization:

Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomics

Contact Information:

228B Social Sciences
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
919-660-1822 (office)
919-684-8974 (fax)


IO-ish Events Events around the Triangle (F2017)

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae (Updated Summer 2017)

Published and Forthcoming Papers

Bailouts and the Preservation of Competition: The Case of the Federal Timber Contract Payment Modification Act (with Andrew Sweeting)
AEJ Microeconomics, 8(3), 2016.
Note: The material in this paper has appeared in a number of different working papers with the titles "Bailouts and the Preservation of Competition", "Competition versus Auction Design," and "Entry and Selection in Auctions."

Regulating Bidder Participation in Auctions (with Vivek Bhattacharya and Andrew Sweeting)
RAND Journal of Economics, 45(4), 2014.
Copyright 2014: RAND
Note: This replaces an earlier version of the paper titled "Regulating Entry Through Indicative Bidding."

Gender Disparity in Urology: Preferences, Competition, and Quality of Care (with Ryan McDevitt)
RAND Journal of Economics, 45(1), 2014.
Copyright 2014: RAND

Unobserved Heterogeneity and Reserve Prices in Auctions
RAND Journal of Economics, 44(4), 2013.
Copyright 2014: RAND

When Should Sellers Use Auctions? (with Andrew Sweeting)
American Economic Review, 103(5), 2013.
Copyright 2013: American Economic Association

Robust Firm Pricing with Panel Data (with Ben Handel and Kanishka Misra)
Journal of Econometrics, 174(2), 2013.
Copyright 2013: Elsevier B.V.

Can Warranties Substitute for Reputations?
AEJ Microeconomics, 3(3), 2011.
Copyright 2011: American Economic Association

Network Structure of Production (with Enghin Atalay, Ali Hortacsu and Chad Syverson)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(13), 2011.
Supporting material here.
Copyright 2011: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Entry into Auctions: An Experimental Analysis (with Seda Ertac and Ali Hortacsu)
International Journal of Industrial Organization, 29(2), 2011.
Copyright 2010: Elsevier B.V.

Working Papers

A Model of Dynamic Limit Pricing with an Application to the Airline Industry (with Chris Gedge and Andrew Sweeting)
Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Political Economy.

Note: This is very related to another (likely permanent) working paper: An Empirical Model of Dynamic Limit Pricing: The Airline Industry (with Chris Gedge and Andrew Sweeting), NBER Working Paper 20293.

Strategic Patient Discharge (with Paul Eliason, Paul Grieco and Ryan McDevitt)
NBER Working Paper 22598.
Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review.

Speculators and Middlemen: The Strategy and Performance of Investors in the Housing Market (with Patrick Bayer, Christopher Geissler and Kyle Mangum)
Replaces: Speculators and Middlemen: The Role of Intermediaries in the Housing Market
NBER Working Paper 16784.
Revise and Resubmit, Review of Financial Studies.

Tax Advantages and Imperfect Competition in Auctions for Municipal Bonds (with Dan Garrett, Andrey Ordin and Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato)
NBER Working Paper 23473.

Speculative Fever: Contagion in the Housing Bubble (with Pat Bayer and Kyle Mangum)
NBER Working Paper 22065.