Kenneth Hendricks

Kenneth Hendricks

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Ken Hendricks is Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has over twenty years of teaching experience in economics at the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, Harvard University, University of British Columbia, and the University of Arizona. Professor Hendricks’ primary fields of research are Industrial Organization and Market Design, including the design of auction markets.

In a series of pioneering empirical studies co-authored with Robert Porter of Northwestern University, Professor Hendricks analyzed the U.S. offshore oil and gas leasing program, finding that these auctions performed well during the period 1954 to 1973. Subsequently, Professors Hendricks and Porter have teamed with Philip Hale of Yale University to expand the analysis of these offshore auctions to cover the period since the U.S. government adopted the Area Wide Leasing Program in 1983. Professor Hendricks has published articles in the leading economics journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, the RAND Journal, Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, and others in addition to several book chapters and other publications. And recently, Professor Hendricks co-authored with Robert Porter a survey of the empirical research on auctions for the new Handbook of Industrial Organization, Volume III.

Professor Hendricks also has substantial consulting experience in designing and monitoring auctions for various entities, both public and private sector. In addition, he has extensive consulting experience on a range of anti-trust issues: merger cases in the oil and gas industry (e.g. BP-ARCO, Exxon-Mobil), the music industry (EMI-Time Warner), and the airline industry (e.g. United-U.S. Airways), as well as cartel cases (e.g., vitamin cartel), and cases alleging exclusionarypractices (e.g., Strivectin, Phoenix Air Controls).

In 2007, Professor Hendricks was appointed a Fellow of the Econometric Society, once of the most distinguished awards given to professional economists.


Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1982
M.A., Economics, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 1977
B.A., Economics, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, 1976

Areas of expertise

Recent news, presentations, and publications

“Observational Learning and Demand for Search Goods”, (with Alan Sorensen, Tom Wiseman), forthcoming, American Economic Journals: Microeconomics.

“Competition or Collusion in Recent Offshore Oil and Gas Bidding?” (with Philip Haile and Robert H. Porter), International Journal of Industrial Organization, 28, July 2010, 390-396.

“Bidding Rings and the Winner’s Curse: The Case of Offshore Federal Oil and Gas Lease Auctions,” (with R. Porter and G. Tan), The RAND Journal, 39, 4, Winter 2008, 1018-1041.

“Theory of Bilateral Oligopoly” (with R. Preston McAfee), Economic Inquiry, 48, 2, April 2010, 391-414.

“Information and Skewness of Music Sales”, (with Alan Sorensen), Journal of Political Economy, April, 2009.

“Bidding Rings and the Winner’s Curse: The Case of Offshore Federal Oil and Gas Lease Auctions,” (with R. Porter and G. Tan), forthcoming, The RAND Journal.

“A Theory of Bilateral Oligopoly” (with R. Preston McAfee), forthcoming, Economic Inquiry.

“Evaluating the Likely Effects of Horizontal and Vertical Mergers”, (with R. Preston McAfee and M. Williams), Antitrust Report, Issue 2, pp. 33-40, 2007.

“A Survey of Empirical Work in Auctions,” (with R. Porter), in Handbook of Industrial Organization, Vol. III, edited by R. Porter and M. Armstrong, Vickers, Amsterdam: North- Holland, 2007.

“Price Discrimination and Irrational Consumers: A Discussion”, Advances in Economics and Econometrics: Theory and Applications, Ninth World Congress of the Econometrics Society, Volume II, eds. R. Blundell, W. Newey, and T. Persson, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

“Feints,” (with R. Preston McAfee), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 2007.

“Evolution of the Market for Air-Travel Information”, (with Michael Doane and Preston McAfee), in Advances in Applied Microeconomics: Organizing the New Industrial Economy, edited by Michael R. Baye, Elsevier, 2004.

“Empirical Implications of Equilibrium Bidding in First Price, Symmetric, Common Value Auctions,” (with J. Pinkse and R. Porter), Review of Economic Studies, Vol. 70(1), January, 2003.

“Measuring Anti-competitive Effects of Mergers when Buyer Power is Concentrated, (with R. Preston McAfee, Michael A. Williams, Joshua M. Fried, and Melanie Stallings Williams), Texas Law Review 2001, Vol. 79, 6, pp 1621-1639.

“Equilibria in Networks,” (with M. Piccione and G. Tan), Econometrica, November 1999.

“Entry and Exit in Hub-Spoke Networks,” (with M. Piccione and G. Tan), The RAND Journal, Vol. 28, No. 2, summer 1997, pp. 291–303.

“Determinants of the Timing and Incidence of Exploratory Drilling on Offshore Wildcat Tracts,” (with R. Porter), American Economic Review, vol. 86 (3), June 1996, pp. 388–407.

“The Economics of Hubs: The Case of Monopoly,” (with M. Piccione and G. Tan), Review of Economic Studies, 62, January 1995, pp. 83–99.

“A Survey of Recent Empirical Work Concerning Auctions,” (with H. Paarsch), Canadian Journal of Economics, ed. by W. B. MacLeod and M. Poitevin, May 1995, pp. 403–426.

“Auctions for Oil and Gas Leases with an Informed Bidder and a Random Reservation Price,” (with R. Porter and C. A. Wilson), Econometrica, 62, November 1994, pp. 1415–1444.

“Bidding Behavior in OCS Drainage Auctions: Theory and Evidence,” (with R. Porter), European Economic Review, 37, March 1993, pp. 320–328.

“Optimal Selling Strategies for Oil and Gas Leases with an Informed Buyer,” (with R. Porter and G. Tan), American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 83, No. 2, May 1993, pp. 234–239.

“Joint Bidding in Federal OCS Auctions,” (with R. Porter), American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings, Vol. 82, No. 2, May 1992, pp. 506–511.

“Reputations in the Adoption of New Technology,” International Journal of Industrial Organization, 10, December 1992, pp. 663–677.

“Equilibrium in Preemption Games with Complete Information,” (with C. Wilson) in Equilibrium and Dynamics: Essays in Honor of David Gale. Ed. M. Majumdar, MacMillan Press, 1992, pp. 123–147.

”Random Reservation Prices and Bidding Behavior in OCS Drainage Auctions”, (with R. Porter, R. Spady), Journal of Law and Economics, Vol. XXXII (2) (Pt. 2), October 1989, pp.S83–S106.

“Asymmetric Information, Information Externalities, and Efficiency: The Case of Oil Exploration,” (with D. Kovenock), The Rand Journal of Economics, Vol. 20, No. 2, summer 1989, pp. 164–182.

“Collusion in Auctions,” Annales d’Economie ET de Statistique, No. 15/16, Juillet–Décembre, 1989, pp. 218–230.

“An Empirical Study of an Auction with Asymmetric Information” (with R. Porter), American Economic Review, Vol. 78 (5), December 1988, pp. 865–883.

“The War of Attrition in Continuous Time with Complete Information” (with A. Weiss and C. A. Wilson), International Economic Review, Vol. 29 (4), November 1988, pp. 663–680.

“Information and Returns in OCS Auctions, 1954–1969” (with R. Porter and B. Bourdreau), Journal of Industrial Economics, XXXV (1987), pp.517–542.

“A Note on the Core of the Overlapping Generation Model” (with K. Judd and D. Kovenock), Economics Letters, 6 (1980), pp. 95–97.

“Canadian Perspectives on the Alaska Highway Pipeline: Modeling the Alternatives” (with J. Helliwell and D. Williams) in Energy Modeling: Canadian and U.S. Experiences. Edited by W. Ziemba et al., Hingham, MA: Martinus Nijhoff, 1979, Vol. II, pp. 279–317.

“An Integrated Simulation Approach to the Analysis of Canadian Energy Policies” (with J. Helliwell, B. Duncan et al.), Journal of Business Administration, 10 (1979), pp. 283–94.