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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

  • "Third Party Auditors and Electoral Accountability" Journal of Public Economics. (Jan.- Feb., 2012)
  • "Allies and Adversaries: The Roles of Appointees in Administrative Policymaking in a Separation of Powers" Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. (August, 2012).
  • "Volunteer Militaries, The Draft, and Support for War" Economics and Politics (November, 2012)
  • "Regulatory Fog: The Informational Origins of Regulatory Persistence" with Tom S. Wilkening Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (December, 2012)
  • "Party Politics, Governors, and Economic Policy" with Per Fredrikson and Le Wang. Southern Economic Journal (July, 2013)
  • "Optimal Agency Bias and Regulatory Review" with Ryan Bubb. Journal of Legal Studies (January, 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)
  • "Contracting Officer Workload, Endogenously Incomplete Contracting, and Contractual Terms: Theory and Evidence" RAND Journal of Economics (Summer, 2014)
  • "The Political Economy of Regulation in Markets with Naive Consumers" with Dan Wood Journal of the European Economic Association (Forthcoming, 2014)
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