Marie Curie Excellence Grant



















Prof. Jose L. Moraga-Gonzalez, Ph.D.



I am Professor of Microeconomics at the Department of Economics of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (4 days/week), and Professor of Industrial Organization at the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance of the University of Groningen (1 day/week).


I teach Microeconomics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Game Theory and Industrial Organization at the Tinbergen Institute, and Regulation and Competition Policy at the Amsterdam University College.


I am also affiliated as research fellow with the Tinbergen Institute, CEPR, CESifo, SOM, CERRE and the Private-Public Sector Research Center (PPSRC) of the IESE Business School.


I am Co-Editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. I have also served at the Spanish Economic Review as Associate Editor.


Below you find a list of recent research papers with links to updated versions, as well as a list of research activities I am (or have been) involved in.



·       Workshop on “Empirical Industrial Organization,” January 26, 2018, Tinbergen Institute. NEW!  (Program)

·       4th Workshop on “Industrial Organization in the Digital Economy,” March 2-3, 2018, HEC Liège. (Program) NEW!

·       Workshop on “Behavioral Industrial Organization,” June 1, 2018, Tinbergen Institute. NEW!




·      Workshop on “The Economics of Platforms,” September 28-29, 2017, University of Barcelona. (Program)




For a complete list of publications, follow this link.


Forthcoming articles:


·       “Search Intensity, Wage Dispersion and the Minimum Wage” (with Pieter Gautier), Labour Economics, forthcoming. (Paper).

Previous version:

“Strategic Wage Setting and Coordination Frictions with Multiple Applications (2004).


Recently published articles:


·      “Asymmetric Price Effects of Competition” (with Saul Lach), The Journal of Industrial Economics 65-4, 767-803, 2017. (Paper) (OnlineAppendix).


·       “Prices and Heterogeneous Search Costs” (with Zsolt Sandor and Matthijs Wildenbeest), The RAND Journal of Economics, 48-1, 125-146, 2017. (Paper) (OnlineAppendix).


·      “Non-sequential Search Equilibrium with Search Cost Heterogeneity” (with Zsolt Sandor and Matthijs Wildenbeest), International Journal of Industrial Organization, 50, 392-414, 2017. (Paper).


·       “Do Firms Sell Forward for Strategic Reasons? An Application to the Market for Natural Gas” (with R. van Eijkel and G. Kuper), International Journal of Industrial Organization, 49, 1-35, 2016. (Paper).


Working papers:


·       “Consumer Search and Prices in the Automobile Market” (with Zsolt Sandor and Matthijs Wildenbeest). (Paper) NEW!

Previous version:

In the earlier version of our paper we estimate a non-sequential search model (Paper).


·       “A Model of Directed Consumer Search (with Marco Haan and Vaiva Petrikaite) (Paper).

Previous versions:

“Price and Match-Value Advertising with Directed Consumer Search” (2015).

“Consumer Search with Observable and Hidden Characteristics” (2011).


·       “Competitive Sequential Search Equilibrium” (with Makoto Watanabe) (Paper).

·       “Quality Provision and Welfare in Search Markets” (with Yajie Sun) (Paper).

·       “On the Identification of the Costs of Simultaneous Search,” (with Zsolt Sandor and Matthijs Wildenbeest). (Paper).

E-mail: j.l.moragagonzalez AT