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Christopher  Cotton

Christopher Cotton

Assistant Professor, Economics

(305) 284-5540
Jenkins 523F

Research Interests

  • Game Theory
  • Economics of Information
  • Political Economy and Non-Market Strategy
  • Experimental Economics

Selected Publications

Raphael Boleslavsky and Christopher Cotton, "Information and extremism in elections," American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, forthcoming.

Christopher Cotton and Cheng Li, "Profiling, screening and criminal recruitment," Journal of Public Economic Theory, forthcoming.

Christopher Cotton, Frank McIntyre and Joseph Price, "Gender differences in repeated competition: Evidence from school math contests," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2013.

Christopher Cotton, "Submission fees and response times in academic publishing," American Economic Review, February 2013.

Christopher Cotton, "Pay-to-play politics: Informational lobbying and contribution limits when money buys access," Journal of Public Economics, 2012

Christopher Cotton and Chang Liu, "100 horsemen and the empty city: A game theoretic analysis of deception in Chinese military legend," Journal of Peace Research, 2011. (A strategic assessment of events popularly used to illustrate what Sun-tzu meant by deception in The Art of War.)

Christopher Cotton, "Should We Tax or Cap Contributions? A Lobbying Model with Policy Favors and Access," Journal of Public Economics, 2009

Christopher Cotton, "Multiple bidding in auctions as bidders learn about their valuations," Economics Letters, 2009


  • Ph.D., Economics, Cornell University, 2008
  • M.A., Cornell University, 2007
  • B.A., Economics, Michigan State University, 2001


  • Game theory applied to questions at the intersection of business, government and public policy
  • Corporate lobbying and political influence; strategic information production
  • Theoretical and experimental analysis of competitions and tournaments

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