James Dearden is a specialist in game theory. He investigates economic incentives and contracts, cost sharing of collective actions, and the economics of college rankings and admission. His most recent research interests include: factors affecting college application and admissions decisions; simultaneous search and signaling.
Professor Dearden has published papers on these topics in journals including American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, International Journal of Research in Marketing, and Economic Theory. Dearden writes the weekly Wall Street Journal Microeconomics Educators Review. He teaches microeconomics, Ph.D. game theory, and industrial organization theory and strategy. Professor Dearden began his academic career in 1987 at The American University and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Economic Research, Tilburg University, The Netherlands.
- "Demonstrated interest: Signaling behavior in college admissions" (with Suhui Li, Chad Meyerhoefer, and Muzhe Yang) Contemporary Economic Policy (2017)
- "University Ranking Publications: To Manipulate or Not to Manipulate," (with Rajdeep Grewal and Gary L. Lilien).
- "Public Employee Defined Benefit Pension Systems: The Impact of Explicit Surplus Sharing Contracts and Stakeholder Influence on Investment Strategies," (with J. Richard Aronson and Vincent G. Munley).
- "The University Rankings Game: Modeling the Competition among Universities for Ranking" (with Rajdeep Grewal and Gary L. Lilien), forthcoming in The American Statistician. - Technical Appendix to The University Rankings Game
- "To Innovate or Not to Innovate: Incentives in Hierarchies," (with Barry Ickes and Larry Samuelson), American Economic Review 80, 1990, 1105-1124.
- "Efficiency and Exclusion in Collective Action Allocations," Mathematical Social Sciences 34, 1997, 153-174.
- "Serial Cost Sharing: General Cost Functions," Economic Theory 12, 1998, 189-198.
- "Capacity Cycles in Non-Differentiated Product, Oligopolistic Markets, " (with Gary Lilien and Eunsgang Yoon), International Journal of Research in Marketing, 16, 1999, 57-74.
- "Advertising Coopetition: Who Pays? Who Gains?" in M. Baye and J. Nelson (with Gary Lilien), Advertising and Differentiated Products, JAI Press, 2001.
- "Contracting, Gatekeepers, and Unverifiable Performance" (with Dorothy Klotz), RAND Journal of Economics, 33, Winter 2002, 723-740.
- "Simultaneous Signaling" (with Tolga Seyhan)
- "Demonstrated Interest: Signaling Behavior in College Admissions" (with Suhui Li, Chad Meyerhoefer, and Muzhe Yang)