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, Journal of Marketing Research, 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.
- "Strategic Manipulation of University Rankings, the Prestige Effect, and Student University Choice" (with Raj Grewal and Gary Lilien), forthcoming in Journal of Marketing Research 2019.
- "Demonstrated interest: Signaling behavior in college admissions" (with Suhui Li, Chad Meyerhoefer, and Muzhe Yang) Contemporary Economic Policy (2017)
- "The University Rankings Game: Modeling Competition among Universities for Ranking," (with Raj Grewal and Gary Lilien), The American Statistician 62, August 2008, 232-237.*
*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)