James W. Roberts
  • James W. Roberts

  • Associate Professor
  • Economics
  • 227B Social Sciences Building
  • Phone: (919) 660-1822
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  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Bio

    James is an associate professor of economics at Duke University. His research focuses on industrial organization, auctions, and applied microeconomics. As a teacher, he specializes on the subjects of business strategy, microeconomics, and industrial organization. Before joining the Duke economics faculty, he also served as a teaching and research assistant at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Davidson College. James earned his Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 2009, presenting his dissertation on, “Empirical Essays on Auctions.” He also received his M.A. in economics from Northwestern after graduating magna cum laude from Davidson College.

    For his accomplishments as a scholar and researcher, James has received various fellowships and awards. He was awarded the Northwestern 12-month fellowship from 2004-2009, in addition to the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization Research Fellowship in 2008 and 2009. While studying at Davidson College in 2004, he earned the A.K. Phifer Award in economics, and was selected as Best Paper and Participant for the 2004 Midwestern Economics Association Research Symposium. The previous year, he was also selected as Best Paper and Participant for the Duke University Undergraduate Economics Research Symposium.

    Outside of his teaching and research responsibilities, James also served as referee for numerous peer reviewed journals. Before beginning his teaching career, he was an intern analyst at The Carlyle Group.

  • Other

    News story: "New Professor Jimmy Roberts Returns to the South"
  • Specialties

    • Industrial Organization
    • Microeconomics
  • Working Papers

    • Ben Handel, Kanishka Misra, and James W. Roberts.
    • (December, 2009).
    • Robust Firm Pricing with Panel Data.
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    • James W. Roberts.
    • (November, 2009).
    • Unobserved Heterogeneity and Reserve Prices in Auctions.
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    • with
    • Ryan C. McDevitt.
    • (October, 2009).
    • Gender Disparity in Urology: Preferences, Competition and Quality of Care.
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    • James W. Roberts.
    • (June, 2009).
    • Can Warranties Substitute for Reputations?.
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    • Seda Ertac, Ali Hortacsu, and James W. Roberts.
    • (June, 2009).
    • Entry into Auctions: An Experimental Analysis.
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  • Research Summary

    Industrial Organization, Auctions, Applied Microeconomics
  • Research Description

    Professor Roberts specializes in research pertaining to the general subjects of auctions, industrial organization, and applied microeconomics. His latest works include, “Unobserved Heterogeneity and Reserve Prices in Auctions” and “Can Warranties Substitute for Reputations?” He is also collaborating with Seda Ertac and Ali Hortacsu on “Entry into Auctions: An Experimental Analysis”, with Ben Handel and Kanishka Misra on “Robust Firm Pricing with Panel Data” and with Ryan McDevitt on the study, “Gender Disparity in Urology: Preferences, Competition and Quality of Care”. He recently earned a research fellowship from the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization for 2008-2009 and also completed his doctoral dissertation: “Empirical Essays on Auctions.”
  • Selected Publications

      • James W. Roberts.
      • (November, 2009).
      • Unobserved Heterogeneity and Reserve Prices in Auctions.
      • .
      • James W. Roberts.
      • (June, 2009).
      • Can Warranties Substitute for Reputations?.
      • .
      • with
      • Ryan C. McDevitt.
      • (October, 2009).
      • Gender Disparity in Urology: Preferences, Competition and Quality of Care.
      • .
      • Ben Handel, Kanishka Misra, and James W. Roberts.
      • (December, 2009).
      • Robust Firm Pricing with Panel Data.
      • .
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  • Teaching

    • ECON 461.01
      • HOW MARKETS WORK
      • Social Sciences 119
      • MW 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
    • ECON 881.14
      • TOPICS IN APPLIED MICROECON
      • Social Sciences 136
      • M 08:45 AM-11:15 AM
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