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Department of Economics
University of Mississippi

Mark V. Van Boening

Professor of Economics

Areas: Microeconomics, Experimental Economics

308 Odom Hall
662-915-5841  |



Ph.D., Economics, University of Arizona, 1991. (V.L. Smith, dissertation chair)
M.A., Wichita State University, 1985
B.A., Philosophy, Wichita State University, 1980


Dr. Van Boening teaches intermediate and graduate level microeconomics. His main area of research is empirical analysis of microeconomic behavior, primarily through laboratory (experimental) methods. He studies how different mechanisms and institutions affect outcomes in markets and in bargaining. He is currently doing research on arbitration and pre-trial bargaining, examining how alternative negotiation arrangements affect the efficient resolution of bilateral disputes.  His most recent work has been published in journals such as the American Law and Economics ReviewInternational Review of Law and Economics, and Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.  Dr. Van Boening also directs the Mississippi Experimental Research Laboratory.


Selected publications

“Multi-Offer Litigation: An Empirical analysis of Alternative Mechanisms” (with A. Vasios Sivvopoulos), in Research in Experimental Economics: Law and Economics, forthcoming.

“An Empirical Analysis of Litigation with Discovery: The Role of Fairness” (with P. Pecorino), Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 81, pp. 172-184.

“Costly Voluntary Disclosure in a Signaling Game” (with P. Pecorino), Review of Law & Economics, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 1-32.

“An Empirical Analysis of the Signaling and Screening Models of Litigation” (with P. Pecorino), American Law and Economics Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 214–244.

“Costly Voluntary Disclosure in a Screening Game” (with P. Pecorino), International Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 44, pp. 16–28.

“Bargaining with Asymmetric Dispute Costs” (with P. Pecorino), Review of Law and Economics, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 31-58.

“Fairness in an Embedded Ultimatum Game,” (with P. Pecorino), Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 263-287.

“Determinants of Government Aid to Katrina Survivors: Evidence from Survey Data” (with W.F. Chappell, R.G. Forgette and D.A. Swanson), Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 74, No. 2, pp. 344-362.

“Benefits Packages and Individual Behavior: Choices over Discrete Goods with Multiple Attributes” (with T.F. Blackstone, M. McKee and E. Rütstrom), Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 27, No. 6, pp. 511-526.

“A Limit of Bilateral Contracting Institutions” (with N.T. Wilcox), Economic Inquiry, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp.840-854.

“An Empirical Analysis of Bargaining with Voluntary Transmission of Private Information” (with P. Pecorino), Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 131-156.

“Avoidable Cost: Can Collusion Succeed Where Competition Fails?” (with G. Archibald and N.T. Wilcox), in Research in Experimental Economics: Experiments Investigating Market Power, Vol. 9, R. Mark Isaac and Charles Holt, eds., pp. 271-242 .

“Bargaining and Information: An Empirical Analysis of a Multistage Arbitration Game” (with P. Pecorino), Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 922-948.

“Dividend Timing and Behavior in Laboratory Asset Markets” (with V. L. Smith and C. P. Wellford), Economic Theory, Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 567-583.

“Speculation in Experimental Markets for Emission Permits” (with T.N. Cason and S.R. Elliott), in Research in Experimental Economics, R. Mark Isaac and Charles Holt, eds., Vol. 7, pp. 93-119.

“Numerical Computation of Equilibrium Bid Functions in a First-Price Auction with Heterogeneous Risk Attitudes” (with S.J. Rassenti and V.L. Smith), Experimental Economics, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 147-159.

“Can Core Allocations Be Achieved in Avoidable Fixed Costs Environments Using Two-Part Price Competition?” (with Y. Durham, S. Rassenti, V.L. Smith, and N.T. Wilcox), Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 68, pp. 61-88.

“Avoidable Cost: Ride a Double Auction Roller Coaster” (with N.T. Wilcox), American Economic Review, Vol. 86, No. 3, pp. 461-477.

“The Use of Artificial Neural Networks for Estimation of Decision Surfaces in First Price Sealed Bid Auctions” (with R.E. Dorsey and J.D. Johnson), in New Directions in Computational Economics, W. W. Cooper and A. Whinston, eds., Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 19-40.

“Price Bubbles and Crashes in Experimental Call Markets” (with A.W. Williams and S. LaMaster), Economic Letters, Vol. 41, pp. 179-185.

“The Robustness of Bubbles and Crashes in Experimental Markets” (with R. L. King, V. L. Smith, and A.W. Williams) in Nonlinear Dynamics and Evolutionary Economics, Richard H. Day and Ping Chen, eds., Oxford Press, pp 183-200.

“Off-Floor Trading, Disintegration, and the Bid-Ask Spread in Experimental Markets” (with J.M. Campbell, T.S. LaMaster, and V.L. Smith), Journal of Business, Vol. 64, No. 4, pp. 495-522.

“An Experimental Examination of Spot-Markets for Electricity” (with R.W. Hahn), Economic Journal, Vol.100, No. 403, pp. 1073-1094.