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., G. Biglaiser, and N. Vettas. “DYNAMIC PRICE COMPETITION WITH CAPACITY CONSTRAINTS AND A STRATEGIC BUYER.” International Economic Review 55, no. 3 (August 2014): 943–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/iere.12077. Full Text Open Access Copy

Anton, J. J., and G. Biglaiser. “Quality, upgrades and equilibrium in a dynamic monopoly market.” Journal of Economic Theory 148, no. 3 (May 1, 2013): 1179–1212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jet.2012.12.006. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. Yao. “Delay as Agenda Setting.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid) Working Paper, no. 135 (June 5, 2012). Open Access Copy

Anton, J., G. Biglaiser, and T. Lewis. “Inventory in vertical relationships with private information and interdependent values.” International Journal of Economic Theory 7, no. 1 (March 1, 2011): 51–63. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1742-7363.2010.00153.x. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and G. Biglaiser. “Compatibility, interoperability, and market power in upgrade markets.” Economics of Innovation and New Technology 19, no. 4 (June 1, 2010): 373–85. https://doi.org/10.1080/10438591003603163. Full Text

Anton, J. J., S. Brusco, and G. Lopomo. “Split-award procurement auctions with uncertain scale economies: Theory and data.” Games and Economic Behavior 69, no. 1 (May 1, 2010): 24–41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geb.2009.09.001. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Attracting skeptical buyers: Negotiating for intellectual property rights.” International Economic Review 49, no. 1 (February 1, 2008): 319–48. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2354.2008.00481.x. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Finding "lost" profits: An equilibrium analysis of patent infringement damages.” Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 23, no. 1 (April 1, 2007): 186–207. https://doi.org/10.1093/jleo/ewm008. Full Text

Anton, J. J., and G. D. Varma. “Storability, market structure, and demand-shift incentives.” Rand Journal of Economics 36, no. 3 (September 1, 2005): 520–43.

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Markets for partially contractible knowledge: Bootstrapping versus bundling.” Journal of the European Economic Association 3, no. 2–3 (January 1, 2005): 745–54. https://doi.org/10.1162/jeea.2005.3.2-3.745. Full Text


Anton, J. J. “Adverse Selection.” Edited by David Teece and Mie Augier. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Anton, James J., Hillary Greene, and Dennis A. Yao. “Policy implications of weak patent rights.” In Innovation Policy and the Economy 6, edited by A. B. Jaffe, J. Lerner, and S. Stern, 6:1–26. M I T PRESS, 2006.

Anton, J. J., and D. A. Yao. “Standard-setting consortia, antitrust, and high-technology industries.” In Antitrust Law Journal, 64:247–65. AMER BAR ASSOC, 1995.