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Rabah Amir
Professor and Director, PhD Program in Economics
J. Edward Lundy Professor of Economics
W282 Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)
Academic history 
PhD in Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1985
Economic dynamics
Game Theory
Industrial Economics
Microeconomic Theory
Council member, Game Theory Society, November 2015
SAET Fellow, 2011
Selected publications 

Does the cost paradox preclude technological progress under imperfect competition?. Rabah Amir, C Halmenschlager, M Knauff

Endogenous information acquisition in Bayesian games with strategic complementarities. N Lazzati, Journal of Economic Theory, 2016, vol 163, 684-698

Corruption and socially optimal entry. Rabah Amir, C Burr, Journal of Public Economics, 2015, vol 123, 30-41

Introduction to the Special Issue on Dynamic Games in Industrial Organization. Rabah Amir, H Benchekroun, L Lambertini, Dynamic Games and Applications, 2015

Prices, deadweight loss and subsidies in multi-product monopoly. Rabah Amir, J Jin, M Troege, G Pech

Endogenous timing in mixed duopoly. Rabah Amir, G De Feo, International Journal of Game Theory, 2014, vol 43, 629-658

Free entry versus socially optimal entry. Rabah Amir, L De Castro , L Koutsougeras, Journal of Economic Theory, 2014, vol 154, 121-135

Optimal Licensing of Uncertain Patents in the Shadow of Litigation. Rabah Amir, D Encaoua, Y Lefouili, Games and Economic Behavior, 2014, vol 88, 320-338

Thematic clubs and the supremacy of network externalities. Rabah Amir, J Gabszewics, J Resende, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2014, vol 16, 706–729

Asset market games of survival: A synthesis of evolutionary and dynamic games. Rabah Amir, I Evstigneev, K Schenk-Hoppe, Annals of Finance, 2013, 121-144

Binary Markov games. Rabah Amir, M Walker, J Wooders, Games and Economic Behavior, 2011, 487-502

Cost disclosure incentives and market performance in supply chains. Rabah Amir, I Maret, T Leiber, International Journal of Economic Theory, 2011, vol 7, 157-178

Evolutionary Finance and Dynamic Games. Rabah Amir, I. Evstigneev, T. Hens, L. Xu, Mathematics and Financial Economics, 2011, 161-184

Network Effects, Market Structure and Industry Performance. Rabah Amir, N. Lazzati, Journal of Economic Theory, 2011, vol 146, 2389-2419

On the Effects of Banks' Equity Ownership on Credit Markets. Rabah Amir, M Troege, Annals of Finance, 2011, vol 7, 31-52

R&D as a prisoner’s dilemma and R&D-avoiding cartels. Rabah Amir, F Garcia, C Halmenschlager , J. Pais, The Manchester School, 2011, 81-99

R&D-induced industry polarization and shakeouts. Rabah Amir, C Halmenschlager, J Jin, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2011, 386-398

Robust results on sharing firm-specific information: Incentives and welfare effects. Rabah Amir, J. Jin, Journal of Mathematical Economics, 2010, vol 46, 855-866

Symmetry-Breaking in Two-Player Games via Strategic Substitutes and Diagonal Nonconcavity: A Synthesis. Rabah Amir, F Garcia, M Knauff, Journal of Economic Theory, 2010, vol 145, 1968-1986

Comparative Statics in a Simple Class of Strategic Market Games. Rabah Amir, F Bloch, Games and Economic Behavior, 2009, vol 65, 7-24

Merger Performance Under Uncertain Efficiency Gains. Rabah Amir, E Diamantoudi, L Xue, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2009, vol 27, 264-273

Ranking Economics Departments Worldwide on the Basis of PhD Placement. Rabah Amir, M Knauff, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2008, vol 90, 185-190

Second-mover advantage and price leadership in Bertrand duopoly. Rabah Amir, A Stepanova, Games and Economic Behavior, 2006, 1-20

Ordinal versus cardinal complementarity: The case of Cournot oligopoly. Rabah Amir, Games and Economic Behavior, 2005, 1-14

Entry, exit, and imperfect competition in the long run. Rabah Amir, Val Lambson, Journal of Economic Theory, 2003, 191-203

Noncooperative R&D versus cooperative R&D with endogenous spillover rates. Rabah Amir, I Evstigneev, J Wooders, Games and Economic Behavior, 2003, 183-207

On the effects of entry in Cournot markets. Rabah Amir, V Lambson, Review of Economic Studies, 2000, 235-254

One-way spillovers, endogenous innovator/imitator roles and research joint ventures. Rabah Amir, J. Wooders, Games and Economic Behavior, 2000, 1-25

Stackelberg versus Cournot equilibrium. Rabah Amir, I Grilo, Games and Economic Behavior, 1999, 1-21

Continuous Stochastic Games of Capital Accumulation with Convex Transitions. Rabah Amir, Games and Economic Behavior, 1996, 111-131

Cournot Oligopoly and the Theory of Supermodular Games. Rabah Amir, Games and Economic Behavior, 1996, 132-148

Sensitivity Analysis in Multisector Optimal Economic Dynamics. Rabah Amir, Journal of Mathematical Economics, 1996, 123-141

Endogenous timing in two-player games: a counterexample. Rabah Amir, Games and Economic Behavior, 1995, 234-237

A strategic market game with complete markets. Rabah Amir, S Sahi, M Shubik, S Yao, Journal of Economic Theory, 1990, 126-143

Other Work 

Introduction to the Special Issue of Games and Economic Behavior in Honor of Martin Shubik. Rabah Amir, Games and Economic Behavior, 2009, vol 65, 1-6

Current & Prior Positions 
Professor, Department of Economics, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, The University of Iowa, January 2013 - Present
Professor of Economics, Eller School of Management, University of Arizona, 2004 - 2012
Visiting Professor, Caltech, January 2011 - June 2011
Professor, CORE, UCL, Belgium, 2001 - 2004
Review and editorial work 

Associate Editor, Dynamic Games and Applications

Associate Editor, Economic Theory

Associate Editor, Games and Economic Behavior

Associate Editor, Int’l Game Theory Review

Associate Editor, Int’l Journal of Industrial Organization

Associate Editor, Journal of Dynamics and Games

Associate Editor, Journal of Public Economic Theory

Associate Editor, Mathematical Social Sciences

Co-editor, The Manchester School

Associate Editor, Economic Theory Bulletin, January 2013 - Current


Liability Rules and Efficiency. SAET Conference on Current Trends in Economics, Paris, France, July 2013

Additional training 
SAET conference, Conference Program, 2013
Stochastic Dynamics in Economics and Finance, Other, Hausdorff Institute for Mathematics, Univ. of Bonn, Germany, 2013
Comparative statics of equilibrium points, Seminar, University of Zurich, 2013
Dscounted supermodular games, Attended Conference, Univ Paris I, 2013
UECE conference, Conference Program, 2012
PET conference, Conference Program, PET, 2012
SAET conference, Conference Program, 2012
EARIE conference, Conference Program, 2011
SAET conference, Conference Program, 2011
Comparative statics of equilibrium points, Seminar, Caltech, 2011
UECE conference, Conference Program, ISEG, Lisbon, 2010
PET conference, Conference Program, 2010
Oligopoly with network effects, Seminar, University of Paris II, 2010