Jorge Balat

Assistant Professor

Wyman Park Building 535
Tuesday 4:30-6 p.m.
Personal Website


My research interests are in Industrial Organization, Applied Microeconomics, and Applied Econometrics. I am currently working on the identification and estimation of first-price auctions with unobserved heterogeneity. In an empirical application I develop and estimate the structural parameters of a dynamic auction model with unobserved heterogeneity where firms face capacity constraints. Using procurement data for highway construction projects from California I quantify the effects of the stimulus package on equilibrium prices paid by the government.

Please see my personal website for a list of research papers.

180.671 (Industrial Organization)
This is the first course in the Industrial Organization sequence. It covers methods in applied empirical IO. The focus will be on the use of econometric analysis and data both for descriptive and measurement purposes, and to test the predictions of economic theories.

180.334 (Econometrics)
Introduction to the methods of estimation in economic research. The first part of the course develops the primary method employed in economic research, the method of least squares. This is followed by an investigation of the performance of the method in a variety of important situations. The development of a way to handle many of the situations in which ordinary least squares is not useful, the method of instrumental variables, concludes the course.