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Professor of Economics            Ph: 312-929-5135

University of Pittsburgh                             Email: richard.vanweelden@gmail.com 

Posvar Hall 4710                                       Website: https://sites.google.com/site/richvanweelden

Pittsburgh, PA 15260                                 Citizenship: Canada, United States

 

EMPLOYMENT:

2022-   Professor of Economics 

  Professor of Political Science (secondary)

                   University of Pittsburgh


2017-2022   Associate Professor of Economics (with tenure)

    Associate Professor of Political Science (secondary)

                    University of Pittsburgh


2011-2017  Assistant Professor of Economics

                   University of Chicago

 

2010-2011  Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow    

                   European University Institute


 

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Economics, Yale University, December 2010.

                  Dissertation: Essays in Partisanship, Polarization, and Political Decision-Making

                  Committee: Dirk Bergemann (chair), Justin Fox, Johannes Hörner, and Larry Samuelson. 

M.A., M. Phil. in Economics, Yale University, May 2008.

B. Sc. (Honors) in Mathematics, University of Alberta, May 2004.

 

TEACHING:

 Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh:

ECON 1100 Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate).  Fall 2018, 2019.

ECON 2812 Information and Incentives (Masters).  Fall 2020, 2021. Spring 2023.

ECON 2120 Advanced Microeconomic Theory (PhD).  Spring 2019, 2020.

ECON 2670 Topics in Microeconomics II (PhD).  Fall 2017, 2018, 2020. Spring 2023.

Department of Economics, University of Chicago:

                   ECON 20100 Intermediate Microeconomics (undergraduate).  Winter 2012-2014, 2016, Autumn 2014.

                   ECON 20740 Economics of Collective Decision Making (undergraduate).  Spring 2013, 2016,  2017.

                   ECON 36101 Economic Models of Politics (PhD).  Winter 2013, 2014, 2016.



HONORS AND AWARDS:

National Science Foundation Grant Number 2018599 for ``Delegation: Veto Bargaining and (Non) Coasian Dynamics.”  2020-2021.

Andrew J. Walters Research Award, University of Chicago, 2015. 

Elinor Ostrom Prize for best paper in the Journal of Theoretical Politics in 2013.

Excellence in Refereeing Award, American Economic Review, 2012.

Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship, European University Institute, 2010-2011.

Carl Arvid Anderson Prize Fellowship, Yale University, 2008-2009.

Dissertation Fellowship, Yale University, 2008.

Raymond Powell Teaching Prize, Yale University, 2007.

Cowles Foundation Fellowship, 2004-2008. 

Yale University Summer Fellowship, 2006-2008. 

Dean’s Silver Medal in Science, University of Alberta, 2004.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

"Pandora's Ballot Box: Electoral Politics of Referendums" (joint with Peter Buisseret). American Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.

"On the Incentives to Exacerbate Polarization" (joint with Pablo Montagnes).  Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, forthcoming.

"Polarization, Valence, and Policy Competition" (joint with Peter Buisseret). 2022.  American Economic Review: Insights, 4, 3: 341-352.

"Delegation in Veto Bargaining" (joint with Navin Kartik and Andreas Kleiner). 2021.  American Economic Review, 111, 12: 4046-4087.  

"Crashing the Party?  Elites, Outsiders, and Elections" (joint with Peter Buisseret).  2020.  American Journal of Political Science, 64, 2: 356-370.

"Reputation Effects and Incumbency (Dis)Advantage" (joint with Navin Kartik).  2019.  Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 14, 2: 131-157.

"Informative Cheap Talk in Elections" (joint with Navin Kartik).  2019.  Review of Economic Studies, 86, 2: 755-784.

"Electoral Ambiguity and Political Representation"  (joint with Navin Kartik and Stephane Wolton).  2017. American Journal of Political Science, 61, 4: 958-970.

"Elections and Divisiveness: Theory and Evidence" (joint with Elliott Ash and Massimo Morelli).  2017. Journal of Politics, 79, 4: 1268-1285.

"Hoping for the Best, Unprepared for the Worst" (joint with Justin Fox).  2015. Journal of Public Economics, 130: 59-65.

"The Welfare Implications of Electoral Polarization." 2015. Social Choice and Welfare, 45, 4: 653-686.  

"Candidates, Credibility, and Re-election Incentives." 2013. Review of Economic Studies, 80, 4: 1622-1651.

"Ideology and Information in Policymaking" (joint with Massimo Morelli). 2013. Journal of Theoretical Politics, 25, 3: 412-436.

"Costly Transparency" (joint with Justin Fox). 2012. Journal of Public Economics, 96, 1-2: 142-150.

Partisanship and the Effectiveness of Oversight” (joint with Justin Fox). 2010. Journal of Public Economics, 94, 9-10: 684-697.

Deliberation Rules and Voting.” 2008. Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 3, 1: 83-88.

 

WORKING PAPERS:

"Persuasion in Veto Bargaining" (joint with Jenny S Kim and Kyungmin Kim).  Revision requested at American Journal of Political Science.


DORMANT WORKING PAPER:

"Preferences, Information and Parental Choice Behavior in Public School Choice" (joint with Justine Hastings and Jeffrey Weinstein)


INVITED SEMINARS:

2022-2023: University of Utah, Emory, Simon Fraser University, University of California Riverside.

2021-2022: New York University, University of Arizona.

2020-2021: University of Padua.

2019-2020: Washington University, Arizona State University.

2018-2019: University of Pittsburgh.

2017-2018: University of Nebraska, University of Pittsburgh, Cornell, University of Washington.

2016-2017: University of Rochester, University of Pittsburgh, University of Calgary, Wake Forest University, University of Chicago (Harris), University of California San Diego (GPS).

2015-2016: Michigan State University, University of Chicago (Harris), Queen's University, University of California Los Angeles, Northwestern University (Kellogg), University of Warwick, London School of Economics (Politics), Iowa State University, University of Zurich, New York University.

2014-2015: Higher School of Economics, University of Chicago, University of California-Berkeley.

2013-2014: University of Mannheim, Princeton University (Politics), Columbia University, Stanford University (GSB), University of Chicago (Booth), Washington University.

2012-2013: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Columbia University, University of Maryland, University of Waterloo, Concordia University.

2011-2012: University of Southern California (Marshall), University of Chicago, California Institute of Technology, New York University (Political Economy Workshop).

2010-2011: European University Institute, Collegio Carlo Alberto, Central European University, University of Maastricht, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Hebrew University Jerusalem.

2009-2010: University of Toronto, University of Alberta, Univeristy of Chicago, University of Colorado, Ohio State University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Miami, University of Essex.

 

CONFERENCES:

Organization:

Program Committee for NSF Decentralization Conference, University of Pittsburgh, April 15-17, 2021.

Co-Organizer, Political Economy in the Chicago Area Conference, University of Chicago, March 4, 2016.

Co-Organizer, Becker Friedman Institute Conference on Constitutional Design and the Scope of Authority, University of Chicago, May 16-17, 2013.

Presentations:

2024: Great Lakes Political Economy Conference (Northwestern), Pennsylvania Economic Theory Conference (PETCO).

2023: University of Pittsburgh Economics Medley Conference, Comparative Politics and Formal Theory Conference (Rochester).

2021: Max Weber Fellows Conference (EUI).

2020: Wallis Conference Seminar Series.

2019: University of Toronto Economic Theory Conference, Pennsylvania Economic Theory Conference (PETCO), 30th International Conference on Game Theory (Stony Brook), Great Lakes Political Economy Conference (Chicago).

2018: Columbia Political Economy Conference, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago), Workshop on Institutions, Individual Behavior, and Economic Outcomes (Alghero), POLECONUK Political Economy Workshop (Bath).

2017: Political Economy and Political Science Conference (University of Chile).

2016: Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago), Wallis Institute Conference on Political Economy (Rochester), NSF/NBER/CEME Conference (Johns Hopkins).

2015: Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago), Workshop on Institutions, Individual Behavior, and Economic Outcomes (Alghero), World Congress of the Econometric Society (Montreal).

2014: Southern Political Science Association Annual Conference (New Orleans), Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference (Chicago), Canadian Economic Theory Conference (Vancouver), European Political Science Association Meeting (Edinburgh), Wallis Institute Conference on Political Economy (Rochester), Political Economy in the Chicago Area Conference.

2013: Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference (Chicago), Becker Friedman Institute Conference on Constitutional Design and the Scope of Authority, Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (Gothenburg).

2012: Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (Chicago), Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference (Chicago), Canadian Economic Theory Conference (Toronto), Priorat Workshop in Theoretical Political Science, Society for Economic Dynamics (Cyprus).

2011: EUI Max Weber June Conference, Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics Annual Congress (Lucerne), Rotterdam Workshop in Political Economy, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory Conference (Faro), Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Seattle), Wallis Institute Conference on Political Economy (Rochester).

2010: Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference (Chicago).

2009: Midwest Economic Theory Conference (Penn State University), Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Toronto),  MOOD La Pietra-Mondragone Doctoral Workshop (Collegio Carlo Alberto).

2008: Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Boston).

 

DISSERTATION COMMITTEES:

University of Pittsburgh

Benjamin Matta (chair), 2024.  First placement:  FGV Sao Paolo School of Economics

Nicolas Pastrian (co-chair), 2024.  First placement: Universita di Torino (postdoc)

Noah Braun, 2024.  First placement: St. Olaf College (Visiting Assistant Professor and postdoc)

Taylor Weidman (co-chair), 2024.  First placement: University of Pittsburgh (Teaching Assistant Professor)

Neeraja Gupta (co-chair), 2023.  First placement: University of Richmond

Yunyun Lv (chair), 2023.  First placement:  Allegheny College (Visiting Assistant Professor)

Yufei Chen (chair), 2023.  First placement:  Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

Dmytro Illn (chair), 2023.

Prottoy Aman Akbar, 2021.  First Placement: Aalto University


University of Chicago

Peter Evangelakis (chair), 2017.  First Placement:  Regional Economic Modeling Inc.

Raluca Ursu, 2016.  First placement: New York University (Stern)

Stephane Wolton, 2014.  First Placement:  London School of Economics (Government)

Jin Yeub Kim, 2014.  First placement:  University of Nebraska 

Philipp Tillmann, 2014.  First placement:  University of Rochester (Wallis postdoc)


External

Shuya Li, 2022.  Carnegie Mellon University

Guadalupe Correa-Lopera, 2019.  University of Malaga and Padova


DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE:

Vice Chair of the Economics Department, University of Pittsburgh, 2021-2023

Junior Recruiting Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2022-2023

Lecturer Search Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2018

Executive Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 2019-2020, 2021-2022

Graduate Committee, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2019

Tenure Council, University of Pittsburgh, 2019-2021

Microeconomic Theory Workshop Organizer, University of Pittsburgh, 2017-2018, 2021-2022

Co-Chair of Graduate Admissions, University of Chicago, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

Microeconomic Theory Workshop Organizer, University of Chicago, Autumn 2014

Junior Recruiting Committee, University of Chicago, 2012-2013


REFEREEING:

American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, American Economic Review, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, Econometrica, Economic Journal, Economics and Politics, Economics of Governance, European Journal of Political Economy, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, International Journal of Game Theory, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, Journal of Political Economy, JPE: Microeconomics, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Management Science, Mathematical Social Science, National Science Foundation, Political Analysis, Political Science Research and Methods, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Rand Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Design, Review of Economic Studies, Social Choice and Welfare, Theoretical Economics.