Simon Anderson

Commonwealth Professor of Economics

Office Address

Monroe Hall, Room 236A

Hours: By appointment only

Fields of Interest

Advertising, Search and Information, Price Dispersion, Media Economics, Industrial Organization


Bachelor of Science (BS), University of Southampton
Master of Arts (MA), Queen's University at Kingston
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Queen's University at Kingston

Working Papers

Choosing a Champion: Party Membership and Policy Platform  (with Kieron J Meagher) CEPR Discussion Paper 8941

Push-Me Pull-You: Comparative Advertising in the OTC Analgesics Industry (with Federico Ciliberto, Jura Liaukonyte and Régis Renault) CEPR Discussion Paper 8988    Appendices  Supplement

Product quality, competition, and multi-purchasing (with Oystein Foros and Hans Jarle Kind) CEPR Discussion Paper 8923

Selected Publications

Opaque Selling ( with Levent Celik), 2019

Media See-saws:Winners and Losers in Platform Markets ( with Martin Peitz), 2019;Forthcoming , Journal of Economic Theory

Aggregative Games and Oligopoly Theory: Short-run and Long-run Analysis (with Nisvan Erkal and Daniel Piccinin), 2019. Forthcoming, RAND Journal


Decoupling the CES distribution circle with quality and beyond: equilibrium distributions and the CES-Logit nexus (with André de Palma), 2019, Forthcoming, Economic Journal

Discrete Choice Theory of Product Differentiation  (with A. de Palma and J.F.Thisse) MIT Press  1992

Oligopolistic Competition and the Optimal Provision of Products  (with A. de Palma and Y. Nesterov)  Econometrica, 63(6), 1281–1301, 1995

Rent Seeking with Bounded Rationality: An Analysis of the All-Pay Auction (with J. Goeree and C. Holt) Journal of Political Economy, 106(4), 828–853, 1998

 Market Provision of Broadcasting: A Welfare Analysis (with Stephen Coate), Review of Economic Studies, 72(4), 947–972, 2005

 Advertising Content  (with Regis Renault), American Economic Review, 96(1), 93–113, 2006

Handbook of Game Theory and Industrial Organization, Luis Corchon and Marco Marini eds, Edward Elgar, 2017

Firm Pricing with Consumer Search with Régis Renault

Media market concentration advertising levels and ad prices  (with Øystein Foros, Hans Jarle, Kind Martin Peitz) International Journal of Industrial Organization (2012) 30(3) 321-325.

Advertising: the Persuasion Game (with Régis Renault)

The Advertising Mix for a Search Good  (with Régis Renault) CEPR paper 8756 Discussion Paper. Management Science, (2013), 59(1), 69-83

Media Mergers and Media Bias with Rational Consumers (Figures or Figures: long version) Extended version  (Figures) (with John McLaren)

Information Congestion: open access in a two-sided market  Figures (with Andre de Palma) April 2007

Entry on Product Differentiation for New Palgrave Dictionary   Thanks to Emily Blanchard, Maxim Engers, Sanjay Jain, and Cat Tyler for their comments.

Market Performance with Multiproduct Firms (Figures) (with Andre de Palma)  Journal of Industrial Economics 54 (1) 95–124 March 2006

Market Provision of Broadcasting: A Welfare Analysis (with Stephen Coate)  Review of Economic Studies 72 (4) 947–972 October 2005; March 2004 Paper (Figures) January 2005 Paper (FiguresEarlier Version

Participation Games: Market Entry Coordination and the Beautiful Blonde (with Maxim Engers) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (2007) 63(1) 120-137

The Economics of Pricing Parking (with Andre de Palma) Journal of Urban Economics (2004) 55(1) 1-20

Efficiency and Surplus Bounds in Cournot Competition (with Regis Renault) Journal of Economic Theory 113 (2) 253-264 Dec 2003 short version or long version-with figures

Price discrimination in transportation figures (in French) (with Regis Renault) "Tarification Discriminante" in La Tarification des Transports: enjeux et defies Ch.5 107-151 Eds. A. de Palma and E. Quinet Economica Paris.

Price Discrimination figures (with Regis Renault)  Handbook in Transport Economics Ch.4 527-560 Eds. Edward Elgar, Palma,R. Lindsey, E. Quinet and R. Vickerman

Advertising Content (with Regis Renault) American Economic Review (2006) 96(1) 93-113

International Pricing with Costly Consumer Arbitrage (with Victor Ginsburgh) Review of International Economics (1999) 7(1) 126-139.

Noisy Directional Learning and the Logit Equilibrium  (with Jacob Goeree and Charles Holt) Scandinavian Journal of Economics festschrift for Reinhard Selten (2004) 106(3) 581-602

Regulation of television advertising  Ed. Paul Seabright The Economic Regulation of Broadcasting Markets  Cambridge University Press (2007) 189-224 

The Media and Advertising: a tale of two-sided markets tables (with Jean J. Gabszewicz) in Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture (2006) Eds. Victor Ginsburgh and David Throsby Elsevier; North Holland CEPR Discussion Paper 5223

Consumer Surplus and Producer Surplus (with Maxim Engers) Articles for International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2nd Ed (2007) Ed. William A. Darity Jr

Platform Siphoning: Ad-Avoidance and Media Content (with Joshua Gans) CEPR Discussion Papers 7729. American Economic Journal: Microeconomics (2011) 3(4): 1–34

Spatial Modeling in Transportation (with Wesley W. Wilson) Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration Ed. Jeremy F. Plant Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg (2007) 255-280

Comparative Advertising: Disclosing Horizontal Match Information-long version figures (with Régis Renault)  RAND Journal of Economics (2009) 40(3) 558-581

Differentiated Products International Trade and Simple General Equilibrium Effects (with Nicholas Schmitt) Eds. G. Dow, A. Eckert , Doug West  Essays in honor of Curt Eaton  University of Toronto Press. (2010) Ch 7 136-59

Competition for Attention in the Information (Overload) Age (with Andre de Palma) CEPR Discussion Paper 7286 RAND Journal of Economics (2012) 43(1): 1-25.

The ABC of complementary products mergers (with Simon Loertscher and Yves Schneider) Economics Letters (2010) 106(3) 212-215

 Spatial Competition Pricing And Market Power in Transportation: A Dominant Firm Model  Figures  (with Wesley W. Wilson) Journal of Regional Science (2008) 48(2) 367-397

Information Content of Advertising: Empirical Evidence from the OTC Analgesic Industry  (with Federico Ciliberto and Jura Liaukonyte) International Journal of Industrial Organization (2013) 31(5) 355-367

Getting into Your Head(ache): Advertising Content for OTC Analgesics (previous version)

Shouting to be Heard in Advertising (with Andre de Palma) Management Science February 2013

Advertising and the Internet  Handbook of Digital Economics Eds. M. Peitz and J. Waldfogel Ch. 14  355-399

Oligopoly and Luce’s Choice Axiom (with Andre de Palma) Regional Science and Urban Economics Regional Science and Urban Economics 42 (2012) 1053-1060

Aggregative Oligopoly Games with Entry (with Nisvan Erkal and Daniel Piccinin)

Competition for Advertisers and for Viewers in Media markets ( Oystein Foros and Hans Jarle Kind

Personalized Pricing and Advertising: An Asymmetric Equilibrium Analysis

PRODUCT LINE DESIGN (Long Version) (shorter version) (with Levent Celik)

Market Power in Transportation: Spatial Equilibrium under Bertrand Competition    (Figures) (with Wesley W. Wilson)

Economic Distributions and Primitive  Distributions in Monopolistic Competition (with André de Palma)