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Pablo T Spiller

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Main research topics :

  • The Legal System, Courts, and Judges
  • Regulation and Regulatory Institutions

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  1. Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies, Eds., with Stein, E., M. Tommasi and C. Scartascini, DRCLAS, Harvard University/InterAmerican Development Bank, Washington DC, 2008.
  2. The Institutional Foundations of Public Policy: The Case of Argentina, with Mariano Tommasi, Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  3. Institutions, Contracts and Regulation in Argentina, (in spanish) with Manuel Abdala, Temas, Buenos Aires, 2000.
  4. Spilled Water: Institutional Commitment in the Provision of Water Services in Latin America, with W. Savedoff, Eds. Interamerican Development Bank, 1999. (translated into spanish)
  5. Regulación de los Sectores de Infraestructura y Energéticos en México, (Infrastructure and Energy Regulation in Mexico) Eds. Spiller, PT and C. Sales, ITAM/Porrua Grupo Editorial, México City, Mexico, 1999.
  6. The Path Towards Rational Regulation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Issues, Concepts and Experience (Directions in Development) with J. Luis Guasch,  World Bank Directions in Development Series 1999.
  7. Regulations, Institutions and Commitment:: A Comparative Analysis of Telecommunications Regulation, Ed. with Brian Levy, Cambridge University Press. 1996
  8. Strategy, Structure and Antitrust in the Carbonated Soft Drink Industry, with T. Muris and D. Scheffman, Quorum Books, 1993.


  1. Political Institutions, Policymaking Processes, and Policy Outcomes in Argentina, with Mariano Tommasi, in Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies, Eds., with Stein, E., M. Tommasi and C. Scartascini, DRCLAS, Harvard University/InterAmerican Development Bank, Washington DC, 2008.
  2. "Political Institutions, Policymaking and Policy: An Introduction," with Ernesto Stein and Mariano Tommasi, in Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies, Eds., with Stein, E., M. Tommasi and C. Scartascini, DRCLAS, Harvard University/InterAmerican Development Bank, Washington DC, 2008.
  3. "An Institutional Theory of Public Contracts: Regulatory Implications," forthcoming, in M. Ghertman and C. Menard, Eds. Deregulation or Re-regulation: institutional and other approaches, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  4. "The Organizational Implications of Creativity: The US Film Industry in Mid-XXth Century," with Ricard Gil, 50/1 California Management Review, 2007: 243-260.
  5. "Strategic Judicial Decision Making," with Rafael Gely, forthcoming, Whittington, Keith E., E. Daniel Kelemen and Gregory A. Caldeira, Eds., Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics, Oxford University Press.
  6. "Buy, Lobby or Sue: Interest Groups' Participation in Policy Making - A Selective Survey," with Sanny Liao, forthcoming, Eric Brousseau and Jean-Michael Glachant, Eds. New Institutional Economics, Cambridge University Press.
  7. "Airline Hubs: Costs, Markups and the Implications of Customer Heterogeneity," in D. Lee, Editor, Advances in Airline Economics, Elsevier B.V., 2006.
  8. "Judicial Lobbying: The Politics of Labor Law Constitutional Interpretation," with M. Iaryczower and M. Tommasi, American Political Science Review, Vol 100, No. 1, 2006.
  9. "Instability and Public Policy Making in Argentina," Levitsky, S. and V. Murillo, eds. The Politics of Institutional Weakness: Argentine Democracy in Comparative Perspective, 2006.
  10. "Institutional Changes in Emerging Markets: Implications for the Telecommunications Sector," in Cave, M., S. Majumdar and I. Vogelsang, Eds. Handbook of Telecommunications Economics, Volume 2, 2006.
  11. "The Institutions of Regulation," with M. Tommasi, in C. Menard and M. Shirley, Eds. Handbook of Institutional Economics 2005.
  12. "Toward a Positive Theory of State Supreme Court Decision Making," with R.G. Vanden Bergh, Business and Politics, Vol 5. Issue 1, 7-43, 2003.
  13. "The Evolution of Advanced Large Scale Information Infrastructure in the United States," with S.M. Greenstein and M.M. Lizardo, in Shampine, A. Ed., Down to the Wire: Studies in the Diffusion and Regulation of Telecommunications Technology, Nova Science Publishers, 2003.
  14. "The Institutional Foundations of Public Policy: A Transactions Approach with Applications to Argentina," with M. Tommasi,  Vol 19, No. 2, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 2003, pp: 281-306.
  15. "Institutional or Structural, Lessons from International Electricity Sector Reforms," with Guy Holburn,  Brousseau, E., and JM. Glachant, The Economics of Contracts, Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  16. "Modeling Supreme Court Preferences in a Strategic Context," with Mario Bergara and Barak Richman, , Legislative Studies Quarterly, 2002.
  17. "Professional Politicians - Amateur Legislators: The Argentine Congress in the XXth Century," with Mark Jones, Sebastian Saiegh, and Mariano Tommasi, Vol 46, No. 3, American Journal of Political Science, 2002, pp:656-669.
  18. "Judicial Decision Making in Unstable Environments: Argentina 1938-1998", with Matias Iaryczower and Mariano Tommasi," Vol 46, No. 4, American Journal of Political Sciences," 2002, pp:699-716.
  19. "The Death of the Internet," Sloan Management Review, 2002.
  20. "Structure, Strategy and Regulation: Telecommunications in the New Economy," with R. deFigueiredo, , Detroit Law Review, 2001.
  21. "Transaction Cost Economics: Its Influence on Organizational Theory, Strategic Management and Political Economy," with G.R. Carroll and D.J.Teece, in Carroll, G.R. and D.J. Teece, Firms, Markets and Hierarchies: The Transaction Cost Economics Perspective, Oxford University Press, Oxford: 1999.
  22. "Strategic Instruments: Legal Structure and Political Games in Administrative Law," with Emerson Tiller, Vol 15, No. 2, Journal of Law Economics and Organization, 1999: 349-377.
  23. "An Informational Perspective on Administrative Procedures, " with Rui deFigueiredo and Santiago Urbiztondo, Vol 15, No. 1, Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, 1999:283-305.
  24. "Towards a Property Rights Approach to Communications Spectrum", with C. Cardilli, Vol. 16, No.1  Yale Journal of Regulation, 1999: 53-84.
  25. "Commitment and Governance in Infrastructure Sectors," with W. Savedoff, in F. Basanes, E. Uribe and R. Willig, Eds., Can Privatization Deliver? Infrastructure for Latin America, IADB, Washington DC: 1999.
  26. "Competition and Direct Access in New Zealand's Electricity Market," with Mario Bergara, G. Zaccour Ed., Deregulation of Electric Utilities, Kluwer Press, 1998.
  27. "The Frontier of Telecommunications Deregulation: Small Countries Leading the Pack," with Carlo Cardilli, Vol 11, No. 4,  Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1997: 127-138.
  28. "Regulatory Agencies and the Courts," P. Newman, Ed., Palgrave Dictionary of Law & Economics, 1997.
  29. "Agency Discretion and Accountability in Regulation," P. Newman, Ed., Palgrave Dictionary of Law & Economics, 1997.
  30. " Organizing Global Seamless Networks: Contracts, Alliances and Hierarchies," with Svein Ulset, forthcoming in E. Bohlin and S.L. Levin, Eds., Telecommunications Transformation: Technology, Strategy, and Policy, IOS Press, The Netherlands., 1997.
  31. "What's in the Air: Interlicense Synergies and their Impact on FCC Broadband PCS Spectrum Auctions," with Patrick Moreton, Vol. XKI (2) Journal of Law & Economics, 1998: 677-716.
  32. "Political Institutions and Electric Utility Performance: A Cross Nation Analysis," with Mario Bergara and Witold Henisz, Vol. 40, California Management Review, 1998:18+.
  33. "The Introduction of Direct Access in New Zealand's Electricity Market," with Mario Bergara, Vol. 6, No.2., Utility Policy, 1997: 97-106.
  34. "Product Complementarities, Capabilities and Governance: A Dynamic Transaction Cost Perspective," with B. Zelner, Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol 6, No. 3, 561-594, (1997).
  35. "Regulation without Commitment: Price Regulation of UK Utilities (with special emphasis on telecommunications)," with Ingo Vogelsang, V. 153 No. 4, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 1997: 607-629.
  36. "Decision Costs and the Strategic Design of Administrative Processes and Judicial Review," with Emerson Tiller, Vol. 26, No. 2, Journal of Legal Studies,  1997: 347-370.
  37. "Econometric Market Delineation," with D. Scheffman, Managerial and Decision Economics, 1996, pp. 165-178.  Reprinted in Series in Managerial Economics, R. McChesney, Ed., J.M. Wiley, 1998.
  38. "Invitations to Override: Congressional Reversals of Supreme Court Decisions," with Emerson Tiller, Vol. 16, No.4,  International Review of Law & Economics, 1996: 503-521.
  39. "A Positive Political Theory of Regulatory Instruments: Contracts, Administrative Law or Regulatory Specificity?,"  V. 69, N. 2, USC Law Review, 1996: 477-515.
  40. "Institutions and Commitment," Industrial and Corporate Change (1996).
  41. "Folk Theorems on Transmission Open Access: Proofs and Counterexamples," with S. Oren, P. Varaiya and F. Wu, Journal of Regulatory Economics, 10:5-23,(1996).
  42. "Modern Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Activity: An Empirical Investigation" with S.  Greenstein, Industrial and Corporate Change (1995).
  43. "Nodal Prices and Transmission Rights: A Critical Appraisal," with S. Oren, P. Varaiya and F. Wu, 8(3) The Electricity Journal, April 1995, pp:24-35.
  44. "The Effect of Incentive Regulation on Local Exchange Companies' Deployment of Digital Technology," with S. Greenstein, and S. McMaster, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 1995.
  45. "How Not to Do It:  Electricity Regulation in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay," with L. Viana, in E. Kahn and R. Gilbert, Eds., International Comparison of Electricity Regulations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  46. "Where is the Sin in Sincere: Sophisticated Voting in the Courts," with Matthew Spitzer, Journal of Law Economics and Organization (1995).
  47. "Implementing Transmission Open Access: Comments on Transmission Pricing in Chile," IEEE Transactions, 1994.
  48. "Regulations, Institutions and Commitment: The Case of Jamaica Telecommunications," with Cezley Sampson, in B. Levy and P. Spiller, Eds, The Institutional Foundations of Regulatory Commitment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1993).
  49. "Regulations, Institutions and Commitment: The Case of British Telecom," with Ingo Vogelsang, in B. Levy and P. Spiller, Eds, The Institutional Foundations of Regulatory Commitment, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1993).
  50. "The Institutional Foundations of Regulatory Commitment: A Comparative Analysis of Five Country Studies of Telecommunications Regulation," with Brian Levy, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, (1994).  Reprinted in  Oliver Williamson and Scott Masten, Eds, Transaction Cost Economics, International Library of Critical Writings in Economics.
  51. "Political Appointees vs. Career Civil Servants: A Multiple-Principals Theory of Political Institutions," with S. Urbiztondo, European Journal of Political Economy, (1994).
  52. "Fares and Network 'Feed': Estimating Economies of Traffic Density in Airline Hub-and-Spoke Networks," with J. Brueckner,  Journal of Law and Economics (1994).
  53. "Regulatory Commitment and Utilities' Privatization: Implications for Future Comparative Research," in Banks, J. and E. Hanusheck, Eds., The Research Agenda in Political Economy, University of Rochester (1993).
  54. Book review of "Telecommunications Pricing: Theory and Practice," by Mitchell, M. Bridger and Ingo Vogelsang, Journal of Economic Literature (1993).
  55. "Regulations, Institutions and Commitment in Telecommunications: A Comparative Study of Five Countries," with Brian Levy, The World Bank Economic Review (1993), 215-52.  Reprinted in Cook P. and C. Kirkpatrick, Eds. Privatisation in Developing Countries, , Edward Elgar.
  56. "Institutions and Regulatory Commitment in Utilities' Privatization," Industrial and Corporate Change (1993).
  57. "A Positive Theory of Legislative Intent," with E. Schwartz and S. Urbiztondo, Law and Contemporary Problems (1993).
  58. "Fare Determination in Airlines Hub-and-Spoke Networks," with J. Brueckner and N. Dyer,  Rand Journal of Economics, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Autumn 1992), pp. 309-333.
  59. "Congressional Control or Judicial Independence:  The Determinants of U.S. Supreme Court Labor Decisions: 1949/1987," with R. Gely, Rand Journal of Economics (1992).
  60. "Strategy and Transaction Costs in the Carbonated Soft Drink Industry," with T. Muris and D. Scheffman, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Spring 1992), pp. 83-129.  Reprinted in Scott Masten, Economics of Contracts.
  61. "The Economics and Politics of Administrative Law and Procedures:  An Introduction," with J. Ferejohn, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Vol. 8, No. 1 (1992), pp. 1-7.
  62. "Judicial Choice of Legal Doctrines," with M. Spitzer, Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Vol. 8, No. 1 (1992), pp. 8-46. 
  63. "The Political Economy of Supreme Court Constitutional Decisions:  The Case of Roosevelt's Court Packing Plan," with R. Gely, 12 International Review of Law and Economics (1992), pp. 45-67.
  64. "Buyers' Strategies, Competition, and Entry Barriers," with D. Scheffman, Economic Inquiry, Vol. XXX, No. 3 (1992), pp. 418-436.
  65. "Rationality, Decision Rules and Collegial Courts," International Review of Law and Economics (1992).
  66. "Agency Discretion under Judicial Review," in Formal Theory of Politics II: Mathematical Modelling in Political Science, Vol. 16, No. 8/9, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, (1992), pp. 185-200.
  67. "A Congressional Theory of Indian Property Rights:  The Cherokee Outlet," with L. Alston, Property Rights and Indian Economics, T. Anderson (ed.), Landham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., (1991).
  68. "Competition and Mergers in Network Airlines," with J. Brueckner, 9 International Journal of Industrial Organization (1991), pp. 323-42.
  69. "The Timing and Sequencing of a Trade Liberalization Policy: The Case of Uruguay," with E. Favaro, Liberalizing Foreign Trade: The Experience of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, M. Michaely (ed.), New York:  Basil Blackwell Inc., (1991).
  70. "Government Institutions and Regulatory Policy: A Rational Choice Analysis of Telecommunications Deregulation," P. Quirck and R. Rich, Understanding and Improving Public Decision Making, IGPA, University of Illinois (1990).
  71. "A Rational Choice Theory of Supreme Court Statutory Decisions, with Applications to the State Farm and Grove City Cases," with R. Gely, 6 Journal of Law, Economics and Organization (1990), pp. 263-301.  Reprinted in Oliver Williamson and Scott Masten, Transaction Cost Economics, International Library of Critical Writings in Economics (1995).
  72. "Agency and the Role of Political Institutions," Information and Democratic Process, J. Ferejohn and J. Kuklinsky (eds.), University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois (1990).
  73. "Politicians, Interest Groups and Regulators: A Multiple Principals Agency Theory of Regulation, (or Let Them Be Bribed)," XXXIII Journal of Law and Economics (April 1990), pp. 65-101.
  74. "Competition and Entry in Small Airline Markets," with P. Reiss, XXXII Journal of Law and Economics (December 1989), pp. S179-S202.
  75. "Empirical Approaches to Market Power,"  with D. Scheffman, XXXII Journal of Law and Economics (December 1989), pp. S3-S10.
  76. "A Note on Pricing on Hub-And-Spoke Networks," 30 Economics Letters (1989), pp. 165-169.
  77. "Arbitrage During the Dollar‑Sterling Gold Standard, 1890‑1908: An Econometric Perspective," with R. Wood, Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 96, No. 4 (August 1988), pp. 882-892.
  78. "The Estimation of Transaction Costs in Arbitrage Models," with R. Wood, 39 Journal of Econometrics (1988), pp. 309-326.
  79. "Incentive Schemes with Multiple Agents and Bankruptcy Constraints,"  with J. Demski and D. Sappington, Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 44, No. 1 (February 1988), pp. 156-167.
  80. "The Political Economy of Industrial Regulations: A Survey with Implications for Regulation Studies in Developing Countries," Special Anniversary Issue, Vol. 15, No. 3, Estudios de EconomRa, Vol. XV, No. 3 (December 1988), pp. 419-470.
  81. "Geographic Market Definition Under the DOJ Merger Guidelines," with D.T. Scheffman, XXX Journal of Law and Economics (April 1987), pp. 123-147.
  82. "Managing Supplier Switching," with J. Demski and D. Sappington, Rand Journal of Economics (Spring 1987), pp. 77‑97.
  83. "International Technological Diffusion, Product Differentiation and Economies of Scale," with Colin Lawrence, Structural Change, Economic Interdependence, and World Development, J.H. Dunning and M. Usui (eds.), London: McMillan Press, (1987).
  84. "Entry Barriers and Multiproduct Oligopolies: Do They Forebear or Spoil?" with M. Gelfand, 5 International Journal of Industrial Organization (1987), pp. 101-113.
  85. "On the Definition of Markets: Wholesale Gasoline in the Northeastern United States," with C. Huang, Journal of Industrial Economics (December 1986), pp. 131‑145.
  86. "Comments," Empirical Approaches to Consumer Protection Economics, P. Ippolito and D. Scheffman (eds.), Federal Trade Commission, (1986).
  87. "Treble Damages and Optimal Suing Time," Research in Law and Economics, Vol. 9 (1986), pp. 45‑56.
  88. "Trade Liberalization in Oligopolistic Industries: The Quota Case," with E. Buffie, 20 Journal of International Economics (1986), pp. 65‑81.
  89. "Futures Market Backwardation Under Risk Neutrality," with T. Bresnahan, Economic Inquiry (July 1986), pp. 429‑442.
  90. "Comments on Easterbrook and Snyder," Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. XXVIII (2), (May 1985).
  91. "Tobin's q and Monopoly Power: A Capital Asset Pricing Perspective," Economics Letters, (1985), pp. 261‑263.
  92. "On Vertical Mergers,"  Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Fall 1985), pp. 285‑312.
  93. "The Effects of Entry Regulation on Oligopolistic Interaction: The Uruguayan Banking Sector," with E. Favaro, Rand Journal of Economics (Summer 1984), pp. 244‑254.
  94. Book review of A Political Economy of Uruguay Since 1870, by M.H.J. Finch, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 13, No. 3 (December 1983), pp. 399‑401.
  95. "Regulating by Partial Deregulation: The Case of Telecommunications," with G. Knieps, Administrative Law Review (October 1983).
  96. "The Differential Effect of Airline Regulation on Individual Firms and Markets: An Empirical Analysis," Journal of Law and Economics (October 1983).
  97. "Assessing the Profitability Effects of Airline Deregulation," Economics Letters (November 1983).
  98. "On Adjusting for Risk Changes when Assessing the Profitability Effects of Regulatory Changes," Economics Letters 10 (1983), pp. 369‑374.
  99. "Product Diversity, Fixed Costs and International Trade," with C. Lawrence, Quarterly Journal of Economics, No. 1 (February 1983), pp. 63‑83.
  100. "Uncertain Availability, Spatial Location and Regulation: An Application to the Airline Industry," Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 3, No. 2 (June 1982), pp. 57‑69 (Invited paper).
  101. "Analysis of R&D Failure," with M. Teubal, Research Policy 6 (1977), pp. 254-275.
  102. "Methodological Aspects of Innovation Research," with R. Rothwell, J. Towsend and M. Teubal, Omega, Vol. 5, No. 4 (1977).


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