James J. Anton

James J. Anton

Professor of Economics

External Address: 
Fuqua Sch of Bus, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90120, Durham, NC 27708-0120
(919) 660-7754

James J. Anton is the Hanes Corporation Foundation Professor in the Economics Area at the Fuqua School of Business. He also has secondary appointments in the Department of Economics at Duke and at UNC. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University 1984 and, prior to joining the Fuqua faculty in 1989, he served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Professor Anton's interests are in the area of applied microeconomic theory and industrial organization economics. His research focuses on issues involving information, incentives, contracting, and property rights in markets where strategic rivalry between firms is an important feature. He has published papers on innovation incentives and intellectual property rights, competitive pricing and sourcing, procurement contracts, auctions, incentive regulations, and antitrust issues.

Professor Anton has taught a variety of courses at Fuqua, including managerial economics, economic environment of the firm (macroeconomics), competitive analysis, and a course on global markets and institutions, and he has taught in several degree programs at Fuqua. His teaching has been recognized on past occasions, including the Outstanding Professor Award from the Global Executive Classes of 2003 and of 2001. In 2007, he received the Bank of America Faculty Award.

Professor Anton's research has been published in a variety of economics journals, including The American Economic Review, The International Economic Review, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, The RAND Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, The Journal of Public Economics, and The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and also in law and policy journals. He currently serves as an Associate Editor at The RAND Journal of Economics, on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Industrial Economics, and, previously, as Associate Editor at Management Science and Co-editor of The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

On the personal side, Professor Anton is married and has two sons. He enjoys music and sports and, despite advancing years, continues to try to play volleyball.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1984
  • B.S., Emory University 1978

Anton, J. J., and P. J. Gertler. “Regulation, local monopolies and spatial competition.” Journal of Regulatory Economics 25, no. 2 (March 1, 2004): 115–41. https://doi.org/10.1023/B:REGE.0000012286.33952.6c. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Little patents and big secrets: Managing intellectual property.” Rand Journal of Economics 35, no. 1 (January 1, 2004): 1–22. https://doi.org/10.2307/1593727. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Patents, invalidity, and the strategic transmission of enabling information.” Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 12, no. 2 (June 1, 2003): 151–78. https://doi.org/10.1162/105864003766754189. Full Text

Anton, J. J., J. H. Vander Weide, and N. Vettas. “Entry auctions and strategic behavior under cross-market price constraints.” International Journal of Industrial Organization 20, no. 5 (January 1, 2002): 611–29. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0167-7187(01)00055-8. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “The sale of ideas: Strategic disclosure, property rights, and contracting.” Review of Economic Studies 69, no. 3 (January 1, 2002): 513–31. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-937X.t01-1-00020. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Start-ups, spin-offs, and internal projects.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 11, no. 2 (October 1, 1995): 362–78.

ANTON, J. J., and D. A. YAO. “EXPROPRIATION AND INVENTIONS - APPROPRIABLE RENTS IN THE ABSENCE OF PROPERTY-RIGHTS.” American Economic Review 84, no. 1 (March 1, 1994): 190–209.

Anton, James J. “Seniority and Efficiency.” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 94, no. 3 (September 1992): 425–425. https://doi.org/10.2307/3440071. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Coordination in split award auctions.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 107, no. 2 (January 1, 1992): 681–707. https://doi.org/10.2307/2118486. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Measuring the effectiveness of competition in defense procurement: A survey of the empirical literature.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 9, no. 1 (January 1, 1990): 60–79. https://doi.org/10.2307/3325113. Full Text