About Me

Bryan C. McCannon

Assistant Professor of Economics
West Virginia University 
& Center for Free Enterprise (affiliate)
P.O. Box 6025
1601 University Avenue 
Morgantown, WV 26506

My research interests are primarily in the fields of Law and Economics, Public Choice, and Behavioral/Experimental Economics. I investigate the incentives and behaviors of prosecutors. This is a fertile area of study since state-level prosecutors have an enormous amount of discretion with only popular elections as oversight. Relatedly, I study bargaining applied to plea bargaining, bargaining under the shadow of arbitration, and how individual-level characteristics impact bargaining outcomes and failure. This last line of research takes me to the laboratory where I study how individual traits and institutional features interact to explain economic behavior. Furthermore, I apply the tools of modern economics to the study of Classical Athenian legal institutions. 

Personally, I grew up in central Illinois and completed my B.A. at Illinois Wesleyan University in 1998. After that I finished a Ph.D. in economics at Pennsylvania State University in 2003 focusing on applied game theory. I teach undergraduate law and economics, behavioral economics, and game theory. At the MBA-level I have taught managerial economics, behavioral economics, and game theory. At the Ph.D.-level I teach the Microeconomic Theory I first-year course and a Public Economics seminar. I am married to a wonderful woman (Kim) and have two stepsons, two dogs, and a cat.

My CV is Available here

Selected Publications

Economica, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Public Choice, Journal of Institutional Economics, International Review of Law and Economics, Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics

Most Cited Papers:

"The Effect of the Election of Prosecutors on Criminal Trials" (Public Choice, 2014)

"Prosecutor Elections, Mistakes, and Appeals" (Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2013)

"Prosecutorial Retention: Signaling By Trial" (Journal of Public Economic Theory, 2015)

"Jury Size in Classical Athens: An Application of the Condorcet Jury Theorem" (Kyklos, 2011)

"Homicide Trials in Classical Athens" (International Review of Law and Economics, 2010)


Duncan Black Prize - best paper in Public Choice, 2014 - The Effect of the Election of Prosecutors on Criminal Trials

Szenburg Prize - best paper in American Economist, 2014, - Do Economist Play Well With Others?

Best Paper Award, Academy of Financial Services (2014) - Financial Competence, Overconfidence, and Trusting Investments

LEC Privacy Fellowship, George Mason University School of Law

Hough Family Fellowship (2008-10) 

Faculty Appreciation Award (2006) - voted as faculty member of the year by entire student body (Elmira College)


Bryan McCannon,
Jun 30, 2015, 12:45 AM