George A. Peterkin Professor and Department Chair of Economics; Director of RISE
Antonio Merlo is the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics. He has served as the Chair of the Economics Department since 2014 and is the founding and current director of the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics (RISE). In November 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. Before joining the Economics faculty at the Rice University, Professor Merlo taught at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and the University of Minnesota.
His areas of expertise are political economy, public economics, bargaining theory and applications, and empirical microeconomics. His research interests include the economics of crime, voting, the career decisions of politicians, the formation and dissolution of coalition governments, the industrial organization of the political sector, household bargaining and the study of the residential housing market. He has published numerous articles in the leading journals in the profession, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Economic Theory.
Ph.D., Economics, New York University, 1992
|RESEARCH INTERESTS:||Political Economy, Public Economics, Bargaining Theory and Applications, and Empirical Microeconomics|
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