Mike Shor: Vita

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As of September 2015

Academic Positions

  • University of Connecticut
    Associate Professor, Department of Economics, 2014-present
    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, 2011-2014
  • Vanderbilt University
    Assistant Professor, Owen Graduate School of Management, 2001-2011


  • Rutgers University
    Ph.D. Economics, 2001
    M.A. Economics, 1997
  • University of Virginia
    B.A. Economics & Foreign Affairs, 1994

Research Interests

  • Industrial organization & antitrust
  • Experimental economics
  • Auction theory


  • Associate Editor, Economic Inquiry, 2012-present


  • Decision-making with too Many Options, 2008-2011 ($363,722)
    P.I.: Mikhael Shor (Co-PIs: Tibor Besedeš, Cary Deck, Sudipta Sarangi)
    National Institutes of Health (1R21AG030184, priority score 129, 4.1%)
  • Heuristic Biases in Defense Procurement, 2009 (subcontract $26,400)
    Subcontract P.I.: Mikhael Shor (grant awarded to University of Tennessee)
    United States Air Force (FA7014-06-D-00190-T9)
  • Research development grant, 2005 ($5,000)
    Sloan Center for Internet Retailing


  • Grillo Family Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Connecticut, 2015
  • Most Appreciated Faculty Award, Association of Graduate Economics Students, University of Connecticut, 2013
  • Grillo Family Award for Excellence in Research, University of Connecticut, 2012
  • SHARE Research Award, University of Connecticut, 2011-2012
  • James A. Webb Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vanderbilt University, awarded annually to one faculty member by the MBA class (two time winner, 2008, 2010)
    Finalist, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011
  • Creator, GameTheory.net, online resources for teaching and learning game theory
    Top 5 Mathematics Web Sites, Scientific American, 2003
    "A mixture of serious learning resources and fun," Science, 2002
  • Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Vanderbilt University, 2002
  • Peter Asch Dissertation Award, Rutgers University, 2000
  • Sidney I. Simon Outstanding Teacher Award, Rutgers University, 2000
  • Graduate Fellowship, Rutgers University, 1995-1999
  • Sidney Brown Prize for Graduate Studies in in Economics, Rutgers University, 1997


see research page for abstracts and full text
  • Reducing Choice Overload without Reducing Choices, with Tibor Besedeš, Cary Deck, and Sudipta Sarangi, Review of Economics and Statistics (2015, Vol. 97, No. 4, pp. 793-802)
  • How Collaborative Forecasting Can Reduce Forecast Accuracy, with Michael Galbreth and Mumin Kurtulus, Operations Research Letters (2015, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 349-353)
  • Innovators, Implementers, and Two-sided Hold-up, with Luke Froeb, Antitrust Source (2015, Vol. 14, No. 6, pp. 1-10)
  • Effort and Performance: What Distinguishes Interacting and Noninteracting Groups from Individuals?, with Tibor Besedeš, Cary Deck, Sarah Marx Quintanar, and Sudipta Sarangi, Southern Economic Journal (2014, Vol. 82, No. 2, pp. 294-322)
  • Information Concentration in Common Value Environments, with Vlad Mares, Review of Economic Design (2013, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 183-203)
  • Age Effects and Heuristics in Decision Making, with Tibor Besedeš, Cary Deck, and Sudipta Sarangi, Review of Economics and Statistics (2012, Vol. 94, No. 2, pp. 580-595)
  • Social Sharing of Information Goods: Implications for Pricing and Profits, with Michael Galbreth and Bikram Ghosh, Marketing Science (2012, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 603-620)
  • On the Competitive Effects of Bidding Syndicates, with Vlad Mares, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy [Frontiers] (2012, Vol. 12, No. 1)
  • Decision-Making Strategies and Performance among Seniors, with Tibor Besedeš, Cary Deck, and Sudipta Sarangi, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2012, Vol. 81, No. 2, pp. 524-533)
  • Behavioral Antitrust and Merger Control, with Gregory Werden and Luke Froeb, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (2011, Vol. 167, No. 1, pp. 126-142)
  • The Impact of Malicious Agents on the Enterprise Software Industry, with Michael Galbreth, MIS Quarterly (2010, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 595-612)
  • Decentralization, Transfer Pricing, and Tacit Collusion, with Hui Chen, Contemporary Accounting Research (2009, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 581-604)
  • Industry Concentration in Common Value Auctions: Theory and Evidence, with Vlad Mares, Economic Theory (2008, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 37-56)
  • The Physician-Patient Relationship: The Impact of Patient-Obtained Medical Information, with Bin Xie and David Dilts, Health Economics (2006, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 813-833)
  • Price Discrimination through Online Couponing: Impact on Purchase Intention and Profitability, with Richard Oliver, Journal of Economic Psychology (2006, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 423-440)
  • Auction Models, with Luke Froeb, in John D. Harkrider, ed., Econometrics: Legal, Practical, and Technical Issues (2005, American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, pp. 225-246)
  • A Game Theoretic Model of E-Marketplace Participation Growth, with Michael Galbreth, Sal March, and Gary Scudder, Journal of Management Information Systems (2005, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 295-320)
  • An Experiment on Learning with Limited Information: Nonconvergence, Experimentation Cascades, and the Advantage of Being Slow, with Eric Friedman, Scott Shenker, and Barry Sopher, Games and Economic Behavior (2004, Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 325-352)
  • Induced Over-Benefiting and Under-Benefiting on the Web: Inequity Effects on Feelings and Motivations with Behavioral Implications for Consumption Behavior, with Richard Oliver and Simon Tidd, Motivation and Emotion (2004, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 85-106)
  • Digital Redemption of Coupons: Satisfying and Dissatisfying Effects of Promotion Codes, with Richard Oliver, Journal of Product & Brand Management (2003, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 121-134)
  • Game Theory .net, Journal of Economic Education (2003, Vol. 34, No. 4)
  • Managerial Economics: A Problem-Solving Approach (4th Edition, 2015), Luke M. Froeb, Brian T. McCann, Mikhael Shor, and Michael R. Ward, Cengage.

Working Papers

see research page for abstracts and full text
  • Procedural Justice and Political Risk, with Salil Benegal (2014)
  • A Nudge or a Crutch? Temptation, Learning, and Backward Induction in Sequential Decision Tasks, with William Neilson and Michael Price (2013)
  • Distinguishing Preference from Choice in Violations of Expected Utility Theory, with Mark Schneider (2013)
  • Auditor Preference, with Karl Hackenbrack (2012)
  • Procedural Justice in Simple Bargaining Games (2009)
  • An Experiment on Strategic Capacity Reduction (2008)
  • Mergers in Auctions with an Incumbent Advantage, with Luke Froeb and Steven Tschantz (2008)
  • Learning to Respond: The Use of Heuristics in Dynamic Games (2004)
In progress:
  • Choice Overload in Medical Decision-Making, with Tibor Besedeš, Cary Deck, and Sudipta Sarangi
  • Experiments on Bargaining Games with a Pivotal Player, with Luke Froeb
  • An Experiment on Mergers in Affiliated Value Auctions, with Vlad Mares
  • A Laboratory Test of Auctions with Negative Externalities, with Aniruddha Bagchi


  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2013
  • World Meetings of the Economic Science Association, Zurich, Switzerland, 2013
  • Fourth World Congress of the Game Theory Society, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012
  • Behavioral and Quantitative Game Theory, Newport Beach, CA, 2010
  • INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2009
  • Midwest Economic Theory Conference, Ohio State, Columbus, OH, 2008
  • Third World Congress of the Game Theory Society, Evanston, IL, 2008
  • International Industrial Organization Conference, Arlington, VA, 2008
  • Economic Science Association, Tucson, AZ, 2007
  • Economic Science Association, Tucson, AZ, 2006
  • Economic Science Association, Tucson, AZ, 2005
  • Econometric Society North American Winter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
  • Second World Congress of the Game Theory Society, Marseille, France, 2004
  • Sloan Center for Internet Retailing Inaugural Conference, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, 2003
  • INFORMS Conference on Pricing Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2002
  • Southern Economic Association Conference, Tampa, FL, 2001
  • NSF/CEME Decentralization Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2001
  • First World Congress of the Game Theory Society, Bilbao, Spain, 2000
  • International Conference on Game Theory, Stony Brook, NY, 2000
  • Economic Science Association, New York, NY, 2000
  • Invited seminars: Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at Arlington, Vanderbilt University Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University School of Management, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University School of Medicine, IBM TJ Watson Research Center

Refereeing & Grant Reviews

Grant Review
  • National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel (2013)
  • National Science Foundation reviewer
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada reviewer
Ad Hoc Referee for
  • American Economic Review
  • American Law and Economics Review
  • Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
  • Economic Inquiry
  • Economic Theory
  • European Economic Review
  • Experimental Economics
  • Games and Economic Behavior
  • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing
  • IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation
  • Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
  • Journal of Economic Education
  • Journal of Economic Psychology
  • Journal of Economics and Business
  • Journal of Economics and Management Strategy
  • Journal of Health Economics
  • Journal of Industrial Economics
  • Journal of Institutional Economics
  • Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization
  • Marketing Science
  • Production and Operations Management
  • RAND Journal of Economics
  • Scandinavian Journal of Economics
  • Southern Economic Journal
  • Theory and Decision

Other Professional Activities

  • Consultant to Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Economics, 2004-2005
Representative economic consulting:
  • Office of Fair Trade: price agreements among tobacco companies
  • Merger of EchoStar and DirecTV (Hughes/GM)
  • FTC cable ownership rules
  • Merger of pharmaceutical benefit managers
  • Expert testimony, shill bidding on eBay, Essex v. Consumer Depot


  • Department of Economics, University of Connecticut, 2011-present
    Game Theory, undergraduate (4.7/5)
    Experimental Economics, graduate (5.0/5)
    Microeconomic Theory II, graduate (4.5/5)
  • Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, 2000-2011
    Game Theory & Business Strategy, MBA elective (4.6/5)
    Pricing Strategies, MBA elective (4.6/5)
    Strategies for Network Economies, MBA elective (4.8/5)
    Game Theory & Strategic Thinking, Executive Seminars (4.3/5)
  • Department of Economics, Rutgers University, 1996-2000
    Industrial Organization, undergraduate economics (4.7/5)
    Law and Economics, undergraduate economics (4.6/5)

Student Advising

  • Sining Wang, Ph.D., Economics, in progress (advisor)
  • Bryce Casavant, Ph.D., Economics, in progress (advisor)
  • Jesse Kalinowski, Ph.D., Economics, in progress (committee member)
  • Salil Benegal, Ph.D., Political Science, in progress (committee member)
  • Hoda Atef Yekta, Ph.D., Operations & Information Mgmt., in progress (committee member)
  • Mark Schneider, Ph.D., Operations & Information Mgmt., May 2015 (committee member)
  • Tamara Trafton, Ph.D., Economics, May 2010 (committee member)
  • Osayi Ovbiosa-Akinbosoye, Ph.D., Economics, May 2009 (committee member)
  • Robert Hammond, Ph.D., Economics, December 2008 (committee member)
  • Aleksandr Vashchilko, Ph.D., Economics, August 2008 (committee member)
  • Nathan Goates, Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, May 2008 (committee member)
  • Aniruddha Bagchi, Ph.D., Economics, August 2006 (committee member)
  • Yih-ming Lin, Ph.D., Economics, August 2005 (committee member)
  • Bin Xie, Ph.D., Management of Technology, May 2005 (committee member)
  • Ricardo Unger, Ph.D., Economics, August 2003 (committee member)
  • M.A. Advising: Christina Sanville (committee 2012), Lee Baker (chair 2013)
  • Undergraduate honors thesis advising: Paul Wildenhain (2014), Yuriy Loukachev (2013), Suo Wang (2013)

Professional Service

  • University of Connecticut
    AAUP Representatives Assembly
    Department Head search committee
    Graduate curriculum committee
    Microeconomics preliminary examination committee
    Faculty affairs committee (chair)
    Department website committee (chair)
  • Vanderbilt University
    Junior faculty recruitment committee
    Honor Council advisor
    Committee on instruction
  • Game Theory Society
    Co-editor, Society Bulletin and web site, 2003-2008