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Fields: markets & organizations, applied micro, micro

ImageJosé L. Moraga (PhD University Carlos III Madrid) is professor of microeconomics. Before moving to the department of economics, he worked at IESE Business School, University of Groningen, Erasmus University Rotterdam and University of Copenhagen. He received a Marie Curie Research Training Grant in 1998, and a Marie Curie Excellence Grant in 2007. He is associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization and the Spanish Economic Review. He is research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, CEPR, CESifo, SOM, CERRE and the Private-Public Sector Research Center (PPSRC) of the IESE Business School.

Research interests:

information frictions in consumer and labor markets, search and advertising models
intermediation, two-sided markets,
R&D networks
Energy economics, gas markets

Classes taught:

BSc: Microeconomics, Industrial Organization, Regulation and Competition Policy
Msc / PhD: Game Theory, Information Economics, Industrial Organization

Selected recent publications

“Prices and Heterogeneous Search Costs” (joint with Sandor, Z. and M.R. Wildenbeest), The Rand Journal of Economics, forthcoming

“R&D Networks” (joint with S. Goyal), RAND Journal of Economics 32-4, 686-707, 2001.

“Strategic Pricing, Consumer Search and the Number of Firms” (joint with M. Janssen), Review of Economic Studies 71, 1089-1118, 2004.

“Competing for attention in a consumer search model” (with M. Haan), The Economic Journal 121, 552-579, 2011.

“Consumer Search Costs, Demand-side Economies and the Incentives to Merge under Bertrand Competition” (with V. Petrikaite), RAND Journal of Economics 44-3, 391-424, 2013.

“Structural Estimation of Search Intensity: Do Non-employed Workers Search Enough?” (joint with P. Gautier and R. Wolthoff), European Economic Review, forthcoming.


Founder of the annual Workshop on Search and Switching Costs (WSSC)
Fellow and occasional contributor to the discussion papers on energy economics (CERRE, Brussels)
Speaker at the JRC/CNECT Workshop on The Economics of online platforms and potential policy implications – DG CNECT, Brussels