Economics, Finance, & Legal Studies
Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2010, Economics
Dr. Van Essen is an economist with a research agenda that focuses on topics in public economics, bargaining, and game theory. Dr. Van Essen’s work in public economics focuses on the incentive problems in the provision of public goods as well as methods to mitigate these problems. He is a member of the Economic Science Association, the Society for Economic Design, the Southern Economic Association, and has published in the journals Economic Inquiry, Social Choice and Welfare, Games and Economic Behavior, Review of Economic Design, Southern Economic Journal, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory.
“King of the Hill: Giving Backward Induction its Best Shot.” (With Martin Dufwenberg.) Games and Economic Behavior. Forthcoming.
"Dissolving a Partnership Dynamically." (With John Wooders.) Journal of Economic Theory. 2016.
"A Simple Market-Like Resource Allocation Mechanism for Public Goods." (With Mark Walker.) Games and Economic Behavior. 2016.
"Blind-Stealing: Experience and Expertise in a Mixed Strategy Poker Experiment." (With John Wooders.) Games and Economic Behavior. 2015.
"A Nearly Optimal Auction for an Uninformed Seller." (With Natalia Lazzsati.) Economic Letters. 2014.
"A Clarke Tax Tatonnement that Converges to the Lindahl Allocation." Social Choice and Welfare. 2014.
"Bartering Games in the Kolm Triangle." Journal of Public Economic Theory. 2014.
"Regulating Anti-commons: Insights from Public Expenditure Theory." Southern Economic Journal. 2013.
"An Equilibrium Analysis of Knaster’s Fair Division Procedure." Games. 2013.
"Making Efficient Public Good Decisions using an Augmented Ausubel Auction." Economic Theory Bulletin. 2013.
"Hold-up: With a Vengeance." (With Martin Dufwenberg and Alec Smith.) Economic Inquiry. 2013.
"A Simple Supermodular Mechanism that Implements Lindahl Allocations." Journal of Public Economic Theory. 2013.
"Tacit Collusion in Price Setting Oligopoly: A Puzzle Redux." (With William B. Hankins.) Southern Economic Journal. 2013.
"Information Complexity, Punishment, and Stability in Two Nash Efficient Lindahl Mechanisms." Review of Economic Design. March 2012.
"A Note on the Stability of Chen’s Lindahl Mechanism." Social Choice and Welfare. February 2012.
"Out-of-Equilibrium Performance of Three Lindahl Mechanisms." (With Mark Walker and Natalia Lazzati.) Games and Economic Behavior. January 2012.