Antonio Merlo

Antonio Merlo Chair of the Rice University Economics Department RISE Director Economist

Antonio Merlo

George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics; Dean of the School of Social Sciences; Director of RISE

Antonio Merlo is the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics. He has served as the Dean of the Social Sciences since 2016 and is the founding and current director of the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics (RISE). He further served as Chair of the Economics Department between 2014 and 2016. 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 ReviewEconometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Economic Theory.


Ph.D., Economics, New York University, 1992
Laurea, Economics, Bocconi University, 1987

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Political Economy, Public Economics, Bargaining Theory and Applications, and Empirical Microeconomics

Selected Publications