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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren

Associate Professor

Office: 309F Powers College of Business
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 Educational Background

    Ph.D. Economics
    MIT 2008

    BArSc Philosophy, Math, and Rhetoric
    University of South Carolina 2001

Courses Taught

  • Honors Principles of Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Graduate Public Choice


Patrick Warren is an Associate Professor of Economics who has been at Clemson since 2008. Before coming to Clemson, Dr. Warren studied at MIT, earning a PhD in Economics (2008), and an undergraduate degree from the South Carolina Honors College (BArSc, 2001). Dr. Warren's research investigates the operation of organizations in the economy-- for-profit and non-profit firms, bureaucracies, political parties, and even armies. He has written numerous peer-reviewed articles in top economics and law journals, and currently serves as an associate editor of the Public Finance Review. He has served on the board of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics, been a visiting associate professor at Northwestern University and a visiting scholar at the RAND Corporation. At Clemson, he has served on the Honors College Oversight Board, the University Research Grants Committee, and is a member of the second class of the President's Leadership Institute. He has served on the Faculty Senate since the fall of 2017, representing the College of Business.

Research Interests

  • Political economy and the economics of organizations.

Research Publications

  • Firearms and Lynching with Michael D. Makowsky. Journal of Law and Economics., May, 2023.
  • The Spot the Troll Quiz Game Increases Accuracy in Discerning Between Real and Inauthentic Social Media Accounts with Jeff Lees, John Banas, Darren Linvill, and Patrick Meirick. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science - Nexus., April, 2023.
  • Talking to Trolls—How Users Respond to a Coordinated Information Operation and Why They’re So Supportive with Darren Linvill and Amanda Moore Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, January, 2022.
  • Inauthentic Newsfeeds and Agenda Setting in a Coordinated Inauthentic Information Operation with Carl Ehrett, Darren L. Linvill, Hudson Smith, Leya Bellamy, Marianna Moawad, Olivia Moran, Monica Moody. Social Science Computer Review., June, 2021.
  • Engaging with others: How the IRA coordinated information operation made friends. with Darren L. Linvill. The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Misinformation Review., April, 2020.
  • Troll Factories: Manufacturing Specialized Disinformation on Twitter with Darren Linvill. Journal of Political Communication, February, 2020).
  • An Equilibrium Theory of Retirement Plan Design with Ryan Bubb. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, May, 2020.
  • "The Russians are Hacking My Brain!” Investigating Russia’s Internet Research Agency Twitter Tactics during the 2016 United States Presidential Campaign. with Darren Linvill, Brandon Boatwright, and Will Grant. Computers in Human Behavior, October, 2019.
  • Cost versus Control: Understanding Ownership Through Outsourcing in Hospitals with Christina Marsh Dalton Journal of Health Economics, July, 2016.
  • A Behavioral Contract Theory Perspective on Retirement Savings with Ryan Bubb and Patrick Corrigan Connecticut Law Review, July, 2015.
  • The Political Economy of Regulation in Markets with Naive Consumers with Dan Wood Journal of the European Economic Association, December, 2014.
  • Contracting Officer Workload, Endogenously Incomplete Contracting, and Contractual Terms: Theory and Evidence Rand Journal of Economics, Summer, 2014.
  • Sunshine as Disinfectant: The Effect of State Freedom of Information Act Laws on Public Corruption with Adriana Cordis Journal of Public Economics, July, 2014.
  • Optimal Agency Bias and Regulatory Review with Ryan Bubb Journal of Legal Studies, January, 2014.
  • Party Politics, Governors, and Economic Policy with Per Fredrikkson and Le Wang Southern Economic Journal, July, 2013.
  • Regulatory Fog: The Role of Information in Regulatory Persistence with Tom S. Wilkening Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, December, 2012.
  • Volunteer Militaries, The Draft, and Support for War Economics and Politics, November, 2012.
  • Allies and Adversaries: The Roles of Appointees in Administrative Policymaking in a Separation of Powers System Third Party Auditors and Electoral Accountability Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization , August, 2012.
  • Independent Auditors, Bias, and Political Agency Journal of Public Economics, Jan.-Feb., 2012.


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