Mariagiovanna Baccara

Professor of Economics

Mariagiovanna Baccara

Mariagiovanna Baccara

Mariagiovanna Baccara is a Professor of Economics at the Olin School of Business, where she was Economics Area Chair from 2015 to 2021. She is a research fellow of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), a fellow of the Society of Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), and she currently holds editorial positions at American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Theoretical Economics, and International Journal of Industrial Organization. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Theory, and other leading academic journals. Currently, Professor Baccara’s main research interests involve matching, the markets for information, organization theory, and social networks. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2003, and she was an Assistant Professor at NYU Stern before joining Olin in 2010.

Area of Expertise

Microeconomics/ Industrial Organization


Ph D 2003, Princeton University

Academic/Professional Activities

  • Editor, Associate Editor, International Journal of Industrial Organization
  • Editorial Review Board Member, American Economic Journal:Microeconomics
  • Member, CEPR, Organizational Economics Programme
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Theoretical Economics
  • Editor, Associate Editor, Review of Economics Design


Fellow, Society for Advancements in Economic Theory, 2022

Teaching Interests

Microeconomics, Game Theory, Industrial Organization

Research Interests

Innovation and intellectual property rights, organized crime, matching, and social networks.

Selected Publications

  • "How to Organize Crime ", Review of Economic Studies, Issue 4, 1039-1067, with Heski Bar-Isaac, 2008
  • "Patent Auctions and Bidding Coalitions: Structuring the Sale of Club Goods", RAND Journal of Economics, Issue 52(3), 662-690, with John Asker, SangMok Lee
  • "Task Allocation and On-the-job Training", Journal of Economic Theory, with SangMok Lee, Leeat Yariv
  • "Optimal Dynamic Matching", Theoretical Economics, 1221-1278, with Sangmok Lee, Leeat Yariv, 2020
  • "Choosing peers: Homophily and polarization in groups", Journal of Economic Theory, 152-178, with Leeat Yariv, 2016
  • "Homophily in Peer Groups", American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Issue 3, 69-96, with Leaat Yariv, 2013
  • "Child-Adoption Matching: Preferences for Gender and Race", American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Issue 3, 133-158, with A. Collard-Wexler, A. Fellli, L. Yariv, 2013
  • "A Field Study of Matching with Network Externalities", American Economic Review, with A. Imrohoroglu, A. Wilson, L. Yariv, 2012


Mariagiovanna Baccara