James W. Roberts

James W. Roberts

Fred W. Shaffer Professor

External Address: 
228B Social Sciences, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90097, Durham, NC 27708-0097
(919) 660-1800


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University 2009
  • M.A., Northwestern University 2005
  • B.A., Davidson College 2004

Eliason, P. J., B. Heebsh, R. C. McDevitt, and J. W. Roberts. “How Acquisitions Affect Firm Behavior and Performance: Evidence from the Dialysis Industry.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 135, no. 1 (February 1, 2020): 221–67. https://doi.org/10.1093/qje/qjz034. Full Text

Li, Ying, Lawrence Mazur, Yongjoon Park, James W. Roberts, Andrew Sweeting, and Jun Zhang. “Endogenous and Selective Service Choices after Airline Mergers,” January 2018.

Garrett, Daniel, Andrey Ordin, James W. Roberts, and Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato. “Tax Advantages and Imperfect Competition in Auctions for Municipal Bonds,” June 2017.

Roberts, J. W., and A. Sweeting. “Bailouts and the preservation of competition: The case of the federal timber contract payment modification act.” American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 8, no. 3 (January 1, 2016): 257–88. https://doi.org/10.1257/mic.20150070. Full Text

Bhattacharya, Vivek, James W. Roberts, and Andrew Sweeting. “Regulating bidder participation in auctions.” The Rand Journal of Economics 45, no. 4 (December 2014): 675–704. https://doi.org/10.1111/1756-2171.12067. Full Text

Mcdevitt, R. C., and J. W. Roberts. “Market structure and gender disparity in health care: Preferences, competition, and quality of care.” Rand Journal of Economics 45, no. 1 (March 1, 2014): 116–39. https://doi.org/10.1111/1756-2171.12044. Full Text

Roberts, J. W. “Unobserved heterogeneity and reserve prices in auctions.” Rand Journal of Economics 44, no. 4 (December 1, 2013): 712–32. https://doi.org/10.1111/1756-2171.12038. Full Text

Roberts, James W., and Andrew Sweeting. “When Should Sellers Use Auctions?American Economic Review 103, no. 5 (August 2013): 1830–61. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.103.5.1830. Full Text

Eliason, Paul J., Paul L. E. Grieco, Ryan C. McDevitt, and James W. Roberts. “Strategic Patient Discharge: the Case of Long-Term Care Hospitals.,” November 2018. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.20170092. Full Text

Bayer, Patrick J., Kyle Mangum, and James W. Roberts. “Speculative Fever: Investor Contagion in the Housing Bubble.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid) Working Paper, February 1, 2016. Open Access Copy

Bayer, P. J., C. Geissler, K. Mangum, and J. W. Roberts. “Speculators and Middlemen: The Strategy and Performance of Investors in the Housing Market.” Economic Research Initiatives at Duke (Erid) Working Paper, January 13, 2015.

Selected Grants

Information Policy for the Development of U.S. Shale Gas Resource: Property Rights, Leases, Competition and Regulation awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2020

Summer Internship Gift from Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2019

Extending Entry Models, With Applications to Mergers, Bailouts, Entry Deterrence and Procurement awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018