Christopher Snyder
Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor
Department of Economics

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Brief Bio.
Contact Information
Textbooks
Classes
Selected Publications
Current Research
Professional Activities
Curriculum Vitae (PDF file)

Brief Bio.

Christopher Snyder is the Joel Z. and Susan Hyatt Professor in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College. He specializes in the fields of industrial organization, microeconomic theory, and law and economics. He is a Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Board Member and Past President of the Industrial Organization Society, and an Associate Editor for the International Industrial Organization Journal and Review of Industrial Organization. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.

Contact Information

Department of Economics
301 Rockefeller Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Office: 312A Silsby Hall
Phone: (603) 646-0642
Fax: (603) 646-2122
Email: chris.snyder@dartmouth.edu

Summer and fall term office hours:
by appointment.

Textbooks

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Microeconomic Theory: Basic Principles and Extensions
11th edition, copyright 2011
Co-authored by Walter Nicholson and Christopher Snyder
Published by South-Western (Cengage Learning)

A rigorous treatment of intermediate microeconomics for advanced undergraduate and masters level courses.

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Intermediate Microeconomics and its Application
11th edition, copyright 2010
Co-authored by Walter Nicholson and Christopher Snyder
Published by South-Western (Cengage Learning)

An intuitive treatment of intermediate microeconomics emphasizing concepts and real-world applications (providing a handful per chapter) over tedious mathematics.

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Recent and Upcoming Classes

  • Spring 2013:

    Econ 21---Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (syllabus)

    Econ 81---Advanced Microeconomic Theory (syllabus)

  • Winter 2014:

    Econ 25---Competition and Strategy (past syllabus)

  • Spring 2014:

    Econ 81---Advanced Microeconomic Theory (past syllabus)

Selected Articles (with Links to Online Copies)

  • Corporate Crime

  • Other Law and Economics

  • Buyer Power

    • "Countervailing Power in Wholesale Pharmaceuticals" (with Sara Fisher Ellison), Journal of Industrial Economics, March 2010, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 32-53.
      (Abstract and article on Wiley InterScience)
      (Working paper version)

    • "Do Buyer-Size Discounts Depend on the Curvature of the Surplus Function? Experimental Tests of Bargaining Models" (with Hans-Theo Normann and Bradley Ruffle), Rand Journal of Economics, Autumn 2007, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 747-767.
      (PDF version of published article)

    • "Countervailing Power" in Steven. N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, eds., The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, second edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
      (Article from The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online), Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, doi:10.1057/9780230226203.0333
      (Manuscript PDF) The manuscript article is reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This article is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been reviewed or edited. The definitive published version of this extract may be found in the complete New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics in print and online.

    • "The Role of Buyer Size in Bilateral Bargaining: A Study of the Cable Television Industry" (with Tasneem Chipty), Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1999, vol. 81, no. 2, pp. 326-340.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Why Do Larger Buyers Pay Lower Prices? Intense Supplier Competition," Economics Letters, February 1998, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 205-209.
      (Abstract with link to Science Direct article)

    • "A Dynamic Theory of Countervailing Power," Rand Journal of Economics, Winter 1996, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 747-769.
      (Article in JSTOR)

  • Contract Theory

    • "A Solution to the Hold Up Problem Involving Gradual Investment" (with Rohan Pitchford), Journal of Economic Theory, January 2004, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 88-103.
      (Abstract with link to Science Direct article)
      (SSRN working paper version)

    • "Bounding the Benefits of Stochastic Auditing: The Case of Risk Neutral Agents," Economic Theory, July 1999, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 247-253.
      (Abstract with SpringerLink to article)

    • "Loan Commitments and the Debt Overhang Problem," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, March 1998, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 87-116.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Is No News Bad News? Information Transmission and the Role of Early Warning in the Principal Agent Model" (with Steven Levitt), Rand Journal of Economics, Winter 1997, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 641-661.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Negotiation and Renegotiation of Optimal Financial Contracts under the Threat of Predation," Journal of Industrial Economics, September 1996, vol. 45, no. 3, pp. 325-343.
      (Article in JSTOR)

  • Empirical Industrial Organization

    • "The Influence of Expert Reviews on Consumer Demand for Experience Goods: A Case Study of Movie Critics" (with David Reinstein), Journal of Industrial Economics, March 2005, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 27-51.
      (PDF copy of published article)

    • "Dynamic Adjustment in the U.S. Higher Education Industry, 1955-1997" (with John Kwoka), Review of Industrial Organization, June 2004, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 355-378.
      (Abstract with SpringerLink to article)

    • "Collusion with Secret Price Cuts: An Experimental Investigation" (with Robert Feinberg), Economics Bulletin, vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 1-11.
      (Online-journal article)

    • "Vertical Foreclosure in Experimental Markets" (with Stephen Martin and Hans-Theo Normann), Rand Journal of Economics, Autumn 2001, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 466-496.
      (PDF copy of published article)
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Bidding Behavior in the Department of Defense's Commercial Activities Competitions" (with Robert Trost and R. Derek Trunkey), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Winter 2001, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 21-42.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Reducing Government Spending with Privatization Competitions: The Department of Defense Experience" (with Robert Trost and R. Derek Trunkey), Review of Economics and Statistics, February 2001, vol 83, no. 1, pp. 108-117.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Information Sharing and Competition in the Motor Vehicle Industry" (with Maura Doyle), Journal of Political Economy, December 1999, vol. 107, no. 6, pp. 1326-1364.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "Empirical Studies of Vertical Foreclosure," Industry Economics Conference Papers and Proceedings (University of Melbourne and Bureau of Industry Economics), November 1995, vol. 95/23, pp. 98--127.
      (Scan of article)

  • Theoretical Industrial Organization

  • Academic Journals

    • "Does Online Availability Increase Citations? Theory and Evidence from a Panel of Economics and Business Journals" (with Mark McCabe), forthcoming, Review of Economics and Statistics.
      (SSRN working paper version)

    • "Identifying the Effect of Open Access on Citations Using a Panel of Science Journals" (with Mark McCabe), forthcoming, Economic Inquiry. (SSRN working paper verion)

    • "Open Access Versus Traditional Journal Pricing: Using a Simple 'Platform Market' Model to Understand Which Will Win (and Which Should)" (with Mark McCabe and Anna Fagin), Journal of Academic Librarianship, January 2013, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 11-19. (Abstract with link to Science Direct article) (Working paper version)

    • "Academic Journal Prices in a Digital Age: A Two-Sided-Market Model" (with Mark McCabe), The B. E. Journal in Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions), January 2007, vol. 7, no. 1, article 2.
      (Abstract with link to B.E. Press article)
      (SSRN working paper version)

    • "Open Access and Academic Journal Quality" (with Mark McCabe), American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2005, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 453-458.
      (Article in JSTOR)

    • "The Best Business Model for Scholarly Journals: An Economist's Perspective" (with Mark McCabe), Nature Web Focus, July 16, 2004.
      (Online-journal article)

  • Health Economics

Current Research (with Links to Working Papers)

Titles of selected working papers and collaborators are listed below. Please contact me if you are interested in any of the papers not available for download here or are particularly interested in having the most recent version.

Professional Activities