Brent Hickman

Assistant Professor Economics

Brent Hickman

Brent Hickman

Area of Expertise

Business/Corporate Strategy, Econometrics, Economics, Microeconomics/ Industrial Organization, Organizational Economics


  • Ph D 2010, University of Iowa
  • BA 2005, Brigham Young University


  • Winner of the The Public Utility Research Prize for the best paper in regulatory economics, International Industrial Organization Conference, 2020
  • Paul Geroski Award for being one of the top two papers to appear in IJIO during 2010, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2011

Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate econometrics and at the graduate level I teach PhD courses on structural research methods and Industrial Organization

Research Interests

Empirical methods for models of private information; auctions; nonlinear pricing; market design; industrial organization; human capital/education; black-white and gender inequality, adverse selection in labor markets

Selected Publications

  • "Productivity Versus Motivation in Adolescent Human Capital Production: Evidence from A Structurally Motivated Field Experiment", with Christopher Cotton, John List, Joseph Price, Sutanuka Roy
  • "Stress-Testing Structural Models of Unobserved Heterogeneity: Robust Inference on Optimal Nonlinear Pricing", with Aaron Bodoh-Creed, John List, Ian Muir, Gregory Sun
  • "How Efficient Are Decentralized Auction Platforms?", Review of Economic Studies, with Joern Boehnke, Aaron Bodoh-Creed, 2021
  • "Toward an Understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Field Experimental Evidence", with Daniel Hedblom, John List
  • "College Assignment as a Large Contest", Journal of Economic Theory, Issue 1, 88-126, with Aaron Bodoh-Creed, 2018
  • "Affirmative Action and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment", Journal of Labor Economics, with Christopher Cotton, Joseph Price, 2022
  • "Pre-College Human Capital Investment and Affirmative Action: A Structural Policy Analysis of US College Admissions", with Aaron Bodoh-Creed
  • "Shifting Competition, Affirmative Action, and Human Capital Accumulation: A Comparative Static Analysis of Investment Contests", with Christopher Cotton, Joseph Price
  • "Resolving Failed Banks: Uncertainty, Multiple Bidding, and Auction Design", with Jason Allen, Rob Clark, Eric Richert
  • "On the pricing rule in electronic auctions", International Journal of Industrial Organization, Issue 5, 423-433, 2010