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F. Andrew Hanssen

F. Andrew Hanssen


Office: 225 Walter T. Cox Blvd.


 Educational Background

    University of Chicago

    Johns Hopkins

    University of Chicago

    Johns Hopkins

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Economics of Institutions and Organizations
  • Economics of Sports
  • Economics of Entertainment
  • Industrial Organization
  • Law and Economics
  • Economics of Motion Picture Industry


F. Andrew Hanssen is Professor of Economics in the John E. Walker Department of Economics at Clemson University. His areas of research include institutions, law and economics, political economy, and industrial organization. He has published articles in a number of refereed journals, including the American Economic Review; the Journal of Law and Economics; the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; and the Journal of Legal Studies. Several of his articles have been republished in books. He has also published a number of book chapters and monographs. He is associate editor of the International Review of Law and Economics and is on the editorial board of Social Science Quarterly. He spent the 2007-08 academic year as a visiting economist at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution in 2000-01. Hanssen received a B.A. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before getting a Ph.D., he was a management consultant, working in Europe, Latin America, and the Far East. He joined the Clemson faculty in 2010, after holding positions at Montana State University and Colby College.

Research Interests

  • Law and economics, political economy, industrial organization

Research Publications

  • “Courts, Legislatures, and Evolving Property Rules: Lessons from Eminent Domain (with R. Fleck),” Explorations in Economic History (forthcoming)
  • Does Vertical Integration Spur Investment? Casting Actors to Discover Stars During the Hollywood Studio Era", Journal of Law and Economics (2020)
  • “‘What’s Wrong with the Way I Talk?’ The Effect of Sound Motion Pictures on Actor Careers”, Economic Inquiry (2020)
  • “Engineering the Rule of Law in Ancient Athens” (with R. Fleck), Journal of Legal Studies (2019)
  • "Endogenously Determined versus Exogenously Imposed Institutions: The Case of Tyranny in Ancient Greece", Constitutional Political Economy 4: 371-88 (2018)
  • "Persistence and Change in Age-Specific Gender Gaps: Hollywood Actors from the Silent Era Onward" (with R. Fleck), International Review of Law and Economics 48: 36-49 (2016)
  • "Explaining Changes in Organizational Form: The Case of Professional Baseball" (with J. Meehan and T. Miceli), Journal of Sports Economics 17: 523-57 (2016)
  • "How Tyranny Paved the Way to Democracy: The Democratic Transition in Ancient Greece" (with R. Fleck), Journal of Law and Economics 56: 389-416 (2013)
  • "Judicial Review as a Constraint on Tyranny of the Majority" (with R. Fleck), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization 29: 303-31 (2013)
  • "When Voice Fails: Potential Exit as a Constraint on Government Quality" (with R. Fleck), International Review of Law and Economics 35: 26-41(2013)
  • "On the Benefits and Costs of Legal Expertise: Adjudication in Ancient Athens" (with R. Fleck), Review of Law and Economics 8: 367-399 (2012)
  • "Vertical Integration during the Hollywood Studio Era", Journal of Law and Economics 53: 519-543 (2010)
  • "Repeated Adjustment of Delegated Powers and the History of Eminent Domain" (with R. Fleck), International Review of Law and Economics 30: 99-112 (2010)
  • "Monopsony Abuse or Efficient Purchasing? Quality Measurement in the Tobacco Leaf Market", Journal of Competition Law and Economics 6: 443-456 (2010)
  • "Who Integrated Major League Baseball Faster: Winning Teams or Losing Teams?" (with J. Meehan), Journal of Sports Economics 10: 141-154 (2009)
  • "Rulers Ruled by Women: An Economic Analysis of the Rise and Fall of Women's Rights in Ancient Sparta" (with R. Fleck), Economics of Governance, 10: 221-245 (2009)
  • "Why Understanding Smoking Bans is Important for Estimating Their Effects: California's Restaurant Smoking Bans and Restaurant Sales" 46: 60-76 (with R. Fleck), Economic Inquiry (2008)
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