Department of Economics

Barton L. Lipman 
Professor of Economics 
270 Bay State Road 
Boston, MA 02215 
Phone: 617-353-2995 
Fax: 617-353-4449 
email: blipman "at" 
Matthew and me.
Theoretical Economics
  A journal of the Econometric Society 

Working Papers 

Selected Published Papers 

Curriculum Vitae 


Economists in Love


Working Papers 

"Why is Language Vague?," current draft, November 2009.

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Final Working Paper Versions of Selected Published Papers 

"Optimal Allocation with Costly Verification," with Elchanan Ben-Porath and Eddie Dekel, current draft March 2014, American Economic Review, forthcoming.

"Temptation," with Wolfgang Pesendorfer, in Acemoglu, Arellano, and Dekel, eds., Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Tenth World Congress, Volume 1, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

"Implementation with Partial Provability," with Elchanan Ben-Porath, Journal of Economic Theory, September 2012.

"Costly Self Control and Random Self Indulgence," with Eddie Dekel, Econometrica, May 2012.

"How (Not) to Do Decision Theory," with Eddie Dekel, Annual Review of Economics, 2010.

"Finite Order Implications of Common Priors in Infinite Models," Journal of Mathematical Economics, January 2010.

"Temptation-Driven Preferences," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, Review of Economic Studies, July 2009.

"Switching Costs in Infinitely Repeated Games," with Ruqu Wang, Games and Economic Behavior, May 2009.

"Representing Preferences with a Unique Subjective State Space: Corrigendum," with Eddie Dekel, Aldo Rustichini, and Todd Sarver, Econometrica , March 2007. See also supplemental appendix with complete proof of DLR's additive EU theorem.

"Finite Order Implications of Common Priors," Econometrica , July 2003. (supplemental notes)

"Language and Economics," in N. Dimitri, M. Basili, and I. Gilboa, eds., Cognitive Processes and Rationality in Economics, London: Routledge, 2003.

"Representing Preferences with a Unique Subjective State Space," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, Econometrica , July 2001.

"Comments on Rubinstein's Economics and Language," September 1999. (This appears in Rubinstein's book.)

"Switching Costs in Frequently Repeated Games," with Ruqu Wang, Journal of Economic Theory , August 2000.

"Decision Theory without Logical Omniscience: Toward an Axiomatic Framework for Bounded Rationality," Review of Economic Studies, April 1999.

"Standard State-Space Models Preclude Unawareness," with Eddie Dekel and Aldo Rustichini, Econometrica , January 1998.

"Evolution with State-Dependent Mutations," with James Bergin, Econometrica , July 1996.

"Robust Inference in Communication Games with Partial Provability," with Duane J. Seppi, Journal of Economic Theory, August 1995. (Warning: No figures.)

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Fall 2014:

  • EC 513. Game Theory.
  • Spring 2015:

  • EC 703. Microeconomic Theory (second half).
  • A few past micro qualifier questions and answers. Be warned that the answers are often quite terse and may contain typos.