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Prof. Avi Weiss

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Education
Ph.D. in Economics, The University of Chicago, December 1987. Dissertation: "Firm-Specific Physical Capital: An Empirical Analysis of Vertical Mergers." Chairman: Gary S. Becker (Nobel Laureate in Economics). Committee members: Dennis W. Carlton, Charles Kahn and George J. Stigler (Nobel Laureate in Economics).
M.A. in Economics, The University of Chicago, December 1981.
B.A. in Accounting and Economics (Double major), Bar-Ilan University, July 1979.
Professional Experience Academic Experience
2005 - 2008 Chairman, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
2003 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1995 - 2002 Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1991 - 1995 Lecturer, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1993 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics, New York University.
1992 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, New York University.
1988 - 1991 Instructor, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1982 University of Chicago, PEW Fellowship Instructor in Economics.
1981 - 1983 University of Chicago, Research Assistant for Professor Allan Drazen.
1981 - 1983 University of Chicago, Research Assistant for Professor B. Peter Pashigian.
1981 University of Chicago, Research Assistant for Professor Dennis W. Carlton.
1980 University of Chicago, Teaching Assistant for Professor Sherwin Rosen.
Other Professional Experience
2006 - present Partner, Giza Singer Even, Ltd.
2003 - 2005 Chief Economist and Deputy Director, Israel Antitrust Authority.
2000 - present Board of Directors, The Wolfson Chair, Bar-Ilan University.
1998 - present Member, Bar-Ilan University committee on Coordination and Planning of Youth Programs and Accredited Courses.
1999 - 2003 Member, Anti-Dumping Commission, Ministry of Industry and Trade.
1999 - 2003 Board of Directors, Chairman of Investment Committee, Bank Hapoalim Mutual Funds.
1996 - 2001 Chairman, Controller Committee, Faculty Organization, Bar-Ilan University.
1997 - 1998 Director, The Institute for Economic Research, Bar-Ilan University.
1994 - 1998 Director, The Azrieli Institute for Research on The Israeli Economy.
1993 - 1995 Member of the Senate of Bar-Ilan University (Lecturers representative).
1983 - 1988 Lexecon, Inc., Economic Consultant.
1978 - 1979 Professional Secretary, The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel.
Research Center Affiliation
2000 - present Research Fellow, IZA, Bonn, Germany.
Referee for Journals
  • American Economic Review;
  • Bar-Ilan Law Studies;
  • The Economic Quarterly;
  • Economics Bulletin;
  • Economics Letters;
  • European Economic Review;
  • The European Journal of Political Economy;
  • Experimental Economics; International Journal of Game Theory;
  • International Journal of Manpower;
  • The Journal of Comparative Economics;
  • The Journal of Econometrics;
  • Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control;
  • Journal of the European Economic Association;
  • The Journal of International Trade and Economic Development;
  • The Journal of Law and Economics;
  • The Journal of Population Economics;
  • Journal of Public Economics;
  • Management Science; Public Choice;
  • Quarterly Journal of Economics;
  • Research on Income Inequality;
  • Review of Development Economics
Referee for Institutions and Foundations
  • The Academic College of Judea and Samaria;
  • Ben Gurion University;
  • Economic & Social Research Council;
  • Everyman's University;
  • The German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development;
  • Israel Foundations Trustees;
  • Northern Illinois University;
  • Ono Academic College;
  • The Pinhas Sapir Center for Development Tel-Aviv University;
  • Technion Israel Institute of Technology;
  • United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund;
  • University of Haifa;
  • York University, Faculty of Arts, Committee on Research, Grants and Scholarships
Areas of Specialization Industrial Organization, Labor Economics, Applied Economics, Experimental Economics
Academic Honors and Fellowships University of Chicago
Sarah Scaife Foundation Scholarship, provided by the Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, 1985 1986.
PEW Fellowships, 1982.
Earhart Foundation Fellowship, 1981 1982.
Tuition fellowships, 1980 1983.
Bar Ilan University
Award for excellence in studies, 1977 1978.
Award for excellence in studies, 1976 1977.
Tuition fellowships, 1976 1979.
Grants Personal Grants
1. The Pinhas Sapir Economic Policy Forum, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, for "The Structure of Imports and Foreign Trade Liberalization: The Phenomenon of Sole Importerships," co-authored with Elise Brezis, 1993.
2. Internal grant for the study of Experimental Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1995.
3. Internal grant for the study of Endogenous Bureaucracy, Bar-Ilan University, 1997.
4. Internal grant for the study of Cooperative and Non-Cooperative R&D with Uncertainty and Spillovers, Bar-Ilan University, 1998.
5. Internal grant for the study of The Optimal Size for a Minority, Bar-Ilan University, 2000.
6. Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion University, for "Cooperative and Non-Cooperative R&D with Uncertainty and Spillovers," 2001.
7. Internal grant for the study of Immigration Amnesties, Bar-Ilan University, 2001.
8. Aharon Meir Center for the Research and Study of Banking, Bar-Ilan University, for "Cooling-off Periods and Red-Tape Formation in Central Banking," 2001.
9. Ushi Friedman Foundation, Rupin Institute, for "Assessing the Level of Altruism Among Kibbutz Members," 2001.
10. Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion University, for "The Interaction Of Research Joint Ventures, Independent Research And Development, And Market Structure: A Theoretical And Empirical Study," 2003.
11. Foundation Ihel for "Assimilation and Cohesiveness in a Hostile Environment - Lessons From Spatial and Demographic Structure of Jewish Communities in Medieval Europe," 2006.
Institutional Grant Pivotal in founding the Aharon Meir Center for the Research and Study of Banking at Bar-Ilan University, and in raising nearly $1,250,000 for the operation of the Center.
Awards Outstanding Lecturer Award - Awarded on May 23, 1995 by the Student Union Council. Chosen as one of the top five lecturers at Bar-Ilan University. Koret Prize - second place in paper competition on "How can Israel achieve economic self-sufficiency," 1997-1998, Koret Foundation.
Publications
Journal Edited Guest editor of the Special Issue of The Journal of Comparative Economics on Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms, with Yehuda Don and Nava Kahana, 16, 4, December 1992. Book Edited Investigative Techniques Handbook of Merger Control, International Competition Network, 2005.
Refereed Articles 1. "The Role of Firm Specific Capital in Vertical Mergers," The Journal of Law and Economics 35, 1: 71-88, April 1992. 2. "Using the Efficiencies Defense in Horizontal Mergers," The Antitrust Bulletin, 37, 1: 123-132, Spring 1992. 3. "The Efficiency of Labor Managed Firms with Heterogeneous Workers," (with Nava Kahana) Economic Analysis and Workers' Management 26, 3: 244-254, Autumn 1992. 4. "The Failure of Supply Response in Transition: A Market Based Explanation," (with Adi Schnytzer) Economic Systems 16, 2: 189-203, October 1992. 5. "Absenteeism: A Comparison of Incentives in Alternative Organizations," (with Nava Kahana) The Journal of Comparative Economics 16, 4: 573-595, December 1992. 6. "Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms: Editors' Introduction," (with Yehuda Don and Nava Kahana) The Journal of Comparative Economics 16, 4: 567-572, December 1992. 7. "Beneficiaries from Federal Transfers to Municipalities The Case of Israel," (with Shimon Rozevitch) Public Choice 76, 4: 335-346, August 1993. 8. "Political Considerations in Governmental Grants to Municipalities in Israel," (with Shimon Rozevitch and Adi Schnytzer) The Economic Quarterly 40, 2: 207-214, August 1993 (in Hebrew). 9. "On the Revisited Illyrian Model and Perversity: The Case of the Long Run," (with Nava Kahana) Bulletin of Economic Research 46, 2: 131-137, April 1994. 10. "The Impact of Turnover Costs on Wage Differentials An Insider Outsider Approach," (with Jacob Rosenberg) Research on Economic Inequality 5: 213-230, 1994. 11. "Vertical Mergers and Firm Specific Physical Capital: Three Case Studies and Some Evidence on Timing," The Journal of Industrial Economics 42, 4: 395-417, December 1994. 12. "On the Effects of Schooling Vintage on Experience Earnings Profiles: Theory and Evidence," (with Shoshana Neuman) The European Economic Review 39: 943-955, 1995. 13. "The Structure of Imports and Foreign Trade Liberalization: The Phenomenon of Sole Importerships," (with Elise S. Brezis) The Economic Quarterly 42, 2: 267-283, August 1995 (in Hebrew). 14. "Fairness and Survival in Ultimatum and Dictatorship Games," (with Andrew Schotter and Inigo Zapater) The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 31: 37-56, 1996. 15. "Conscientious Regulation and Post-Regulatory Employment Restrictions," (with Elise S. Brezis) The European Journal of Political Economy 13, 3: 517-536, September 1997. 16. "Is a Cooling-Off Period for Regulators in the Public Sector Necessary?" (with Elise S. Brezis) The Economic Quarterly 45, 2: 397-412, June 1998 (in Hebrew). 17. "Creating Illegal Immigrants," (with Gil S. Epstein and Arye Hillman) Journal of Population Economics 12, 1: 3-21, February 1999. 18. "Beyond International Factor Movements: Cultural Preferences, Endogenous Policies and the Migration of People: An Overview," (with Arye Hillman) in Riccardo Faini, Jamie de Melo and Klaus F. Zimmermann, eds. Migration: The Controversies and the Evidence, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 76-91, 1999. 19. "Drug Addiction and the Economic Rationalization of Gun Control," (with Gil S. Epstein and Hillel Rapoport) Economics Letters 65, 1: 55-57, October 1999. 20. "A Theory of Permissible Illegal Immigration," (with Arye Hillman) European Journal of Political Economy 15, 4: 585-604, November 1999. 21. "The Jubilee as Antitrust Legislation," (with Jacob Rosenberg) Finance & Bien Commun/Common Good Supplement No. 1, Jean-Michel Bonvin ed. Debt and the Jubilee: Pacing the Economy 35-39, December 1999. 22. "The Economics of Religion, Jewish Survival and Jewish Attitudes Toward Competition in Torah Education," (with Dennis W. Carlton) Journal of Legal Studies 30, 1: 253-275, January 2001. Formerly NBER Working Paper 7863. Reprinted in Richard Altschuler ed. Essential Readings On Jewish Identities, Lifestyles & Beliefs: Analyses of the Personal and Social Diversity of Jews by Modern Scholars, New York: Richard Altschuler & Associates, Inc. / Gordian Knot Books (forthcoming). 23. "Lessons from Halacha About Competition and Teaching," (with Dennis W. Carlton), Center for Business Ethics Social Responsibility, March 2001. 24. "Cooperative Minorities and Intergroup Hostility," (with Hillel Rapoport) Annales d'Economie et de Statistique 63-64: 171-182, December 2001. 25. "An Amnesty for Foreign Workers," (with Gil S. Epstein) The Economic Quarterly 49, 1: 107-120, March 2002 (in Hebrew). 26. "The Optimal Size for a Minority," (with Hillel Rapoport) The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 52: 27-45, September 2003. 27. "Cooperative and Non-Cooperative R&D with Uncertainty and Spillovers," (with Damiano Bruno Silipo), Research in Economics, 59: 41-57, 2005. 28. "On the Use of Terror Weapons vs. Modern Weapon Systems in an Arms Race Between Developed and Less Developed Countries," (with Kobi Kagan and Asher Tishler) Defense and Peace Economics, 16, 5: 331-46, October 2005. 29. "The Role of Economists and Economic Evidence in Merger Analysis," in Investigative Techniques Handbook of Merger Control, International Competition Network, June 2005. 30. "In-Group Cooperation in a Hostile Environment - An Economic Perspective on some Aspects of Jewish Life in (pre-modern) Diaspora," (with Hillel Rapoport) in Carmel Chiswick, Tikva Lecker and Nava Kahan, eds. Jewish Society and Culture: An Economic Perspective, Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 2007. 31. "Moral Hazard" in William A. Darity, ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd Edition, Macmillan Reference USA / Thomson Gale, 2007. 32. "Evaluating Strategic Arms Limitation Agreements, with Applications to the Israeli-Syrian and the North vs. South Korean Conflicts," (with Kobi Kagan, Alan Levkowitz and Asher Tishler) Defence and Peace Economics, 20, 2: 95-121, 2009. 33. "Credibility, Pre-Production and Inviting Competition in a Network Market," (with Amir Etziony), Review of Network Economics, 9, 1: Article 4 (1-32), 2010. 34. "Land Concentration, Efficiency, Slavery and the Jubilee," (with Jacob Rosenberg), in Aaron Levine, ed. Judaism and Economics, Oxford University Press (forthcoming). 35. "The Why, When and How of Immigration Amnesties," (with Gil S. Epstein), Journal of Population Economics (forthcoming).
Submitted for Publication 1. "The Ultimatum Game and Expected Utility Maximization in View of Attachment Theory," (with Shaul Almakias), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 2. "Inviting Competition to Achieve Critical Mass," (with Amir Etziony), Review of Network Economics. 3. "A Model of Fault Allocation in Contract Law - Moving From Dividing Liability to Dividing Costs," (with Osnat Jacobi), Journal of Legal Studies (revise and resubmit). 4. "Coordination and Critical Mass in a Network Market - An Experimental Evaluation," (with Amir Etziony). 5. "The Effect of Time on Default Remedies for Breach of Contract" (with Osnat Jacobi), Journal of Legal Studies.
Working Papers 1. "Endogenous Red Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," (with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Paroush). 2. "Acquired Cooperation in Finite-Horizon Dynamic Games," (with Igal Milchtaich).
Papers in Progress 1. "Turnaround and Ordering in the Dictator Game," (with Simon G?chter and Mor Zahavi). 2. "Behavior in the Minimum Contribution Set Game in View of Attachment Theory," (with Shaul Almakias). 3. "About risk aversion and risk neutrality - mutual mistakes in contract law as an insurance mechanism" (with Osnat Jacobi). 4. "Repairing mistake in a case of deception - Taking threat points into account" (with Osnat Jacobi). 5. "From Reservations to Conditions (Preliminary Comments Regarding the Enactment of a Regime of Specific Performance)" (with Osnat Jacobi).
Supervision of Graduate Students Doctoral Students Almakias, Shaul - Social Preference, Other-Regarding Behavior, and Punishment in View of Attachment Theory (completed). Ayal, Adi - Monopoly as a Democracy Issue: A Proposed Model for the Justification of Antitrust Law (completed, with honors; valedictorian). Etziony, Amir - Strategic Behavior Under Network Externalities (completed). Jacobi, Osnat - Ceasing Liability: From a Unilateral Exit to a Consensual Cessation - A New Perspective on Specific Performance (completed). Kagan, Kobi - Optimal Structure of a Defense System in Model of Arms Races Between Developed and Less Developed Countries and the Use of Terror Weapons (completed). Sherman, Joshua - Methods in Measuring Competitive Conduct and Social Efficiency: Applications to the Mahane Yehuda Outdoor Market in Jerusalem (in progress).
Conferences and Sessions Organized 1. "Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms," International conference organized with Yehuda Don and Nava Kahana, Bar-Ilan University, May 25-28, 1992. 2. "The Israeli Economy - 1995," organized under the auspices of The Azrieli Institute for Research on The Israeli Economy, Bar-Ilan University, February 8, 1995. 3. Symposium on the Privatization Process in Israel, Bar-Ilan University, February 1, 1996. 4. European Public Choice Society 1996 Meetings, Advisory Committee, Bar-Ilan University and Tiberias, Israel, March 10-13, 1996. 5. "The Economics of Judaism and Jewish Observance," Advisory Committee, Bar-Ilan University, December 13-15, 1998. 6. "Law, Jewish Law and Economics," Advisory Committee, Bar-Ilan University, December 16-17, 1998. 7. Israel Economic Association Meetings, Organized Session on "Market Structure," June 1, 2009.
Papers Presented at Conferences 1. "The Impact of Firing Costs on Wage Differentials An Insider Outsider Approach," co authored with Jacob Rosenberg, International Workshop on the Economics of Labor Market Discrimination and Segregation, Bar Ilan University, June 3 4, 1991. 2. "Political Considerations in Governmental Grants to Municipalities in Israel," co-authored with Shimon Rozevitch and Adi Schnytzer, Israel Economic Association Meetings, December 25-26, 1991. 3. "Absenteeism: When Effort is (Partially) Observable," co-authored with Nava Kahana, International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms, Bar-Ilan University, May 25-28, 1992. 4. "The Structure of Imports and Foreign Trade Liberalization: The Phenomenon of Sole Importerships," co-authored with Elise Brezis, Israel Economic Association Meetings, December 12-13, 1993. 5. "Why Illegal Immigration is Illegal, and Why It Exists," co-authored with Arye Hillman, CEPR Workshop on The Political Economy of Illegal Immigration, Halkidiki, Greece, September 14-16, 1995. 6. "Restrictions on Regulators' Employment - A Public Choice Perspective," co-authored with Elise Brezis, Israel Economic Association Meetings, December 24, 1995. 7. "Why Illegal Immigration is Permitted," co-authored with Arye Hillman, European Public Choice Society Meetings, Bar-Ilan University and Tiberias, Israel, March 10-13, 1996. 8. "Restrictions on Regulators' Employment - A Public Choice Perspective," co-authored with Elise Brezis, European Public Choice Society Meetings, Bar-Ilan University and Tiberias, Israel, March 10-13, 1996. 9. "An Economic Approach to Jewish Law - The Case of Accident Law," co-authored with Jacob Rosenberg, European Association of Law and Economics Conference, Haifa, Israel, August 27-29, 1996. 10. "Creating Illegal Immigrants," co-authored with Gil Epstein and Arye Hillman, CEPR Workshop on The Political Economy of Illegal Immigration, Athens, Greece, February 14-15, 1997. 11. "Endogenous Red-Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," co-authored with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Paroush, European Public Choice Society Meetings, G?teburg, Sweden, April 30 - May 3, 1998. 12. "Endogenous Red-Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," co-authored with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Proush, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 21, 1998. 13. "The Jubilee as Antitrust Litigation," co-authored with Jacob Rosenberg, The Jubilee and its Economic and Social Implications, Jerusalem, Israel, May 27 - May 29, 1998. 14. "Inferring Values from Jewish Attitudes Toward Competition," co-authored with Dennis W. Carlton, Law, Jewish Law and Economics, Ramat-Gan, Israel, December 16-17, 1998. 15. "Endogenous Red-Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," co-authored with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Proush, Association of Southern European Theorists Meetings, Tel-Aviv, Israel, October 10-11, 1999. 16. "The Optimal Size for a Minority," co-authored with Hillel Rapoport, Social Interactions and Economic Behavior, Paris, France, December 16-18, 1999. 17. "The Return of Land in the Jubilee: An Economic Model," co-authored with Jacob Rosenberg, International Conference on Biblical Economics, Jerusalem, Israel, June 5-7, 2000. 18. "The Optimal Size for a Minority," co-authored with Hillel Rapoport, The Economics of Judaism and Jewish Human Capital, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., June 20-22, 2000. 19. "A Theory of Immigration Amnesties," co-authored with Gil S. Epstein, European Public Choice Society, Paris, France, April 18-21, 2001. 20. "A Theory of Immigration Amnesties," co-authored with Gil S. Epstein, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 3, 2001. 21. "Cooperation and Competition in an R&D Market with Spillovers," co-authored with Damiano Bruno Silipo, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 8, 2002. 22. "Coordination and Critical Mass in a Network Market - An Experimental Evaluation," co-authored with Amir Etziony, Economic Science Association Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts, June 27-30, 2002. 23. "Coordination and Critical Mass in a Network Market - An Experimental Evaluation," co-authored with Amir Etziony, Workshop on Coordination, Incomplete Information, and Iterated Dominance: Theory and Empirics, Barcelona, Spain, August 18-19, 2002. 24. "The Ultimatum Game and Expected Utility Maximization in View of Attachment Theory," co-authored with Shaul Almakias, Economic Science Association Meetings, Haifa, Israel, 2009. 25. "Coordination and Critical Mass in a Network Market: An Experimental Investigation," (with Amir Etziony and Bradley Ruffle), Economic Science Association Meetings, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 8-11, 2010
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