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Antonio Merlo is the Lawrence R. Klein Professor of Economics. He is a Research Fellow of CEPR and CESifo, and a Research Associate of NBER and Penn's Population Studies Center. In November 2012 he was elected a Fellow of the Econometric Society. From 2009 to 2012 he held the position of Chair for the Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
Before joining the Economics faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Merlo taught at the University of Minnesota and New York University.
His areas of expertise are political economy, public economics, bargaining theory and applications, and empirical microeconomics. His research interests include the economics of crime, voting, the career decisions of politicians, the formation and dissolution of coalition governments, the industrial organization of the political sector, household bargaining and the study of the residential housing market. He has published numerous articles in the leading journals in the profession, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Journal of Economic Theory.