Professor Harrington has published more than 70 articles and his research has appeared in many leading journals including theAmerican Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, Management Science, and American Journal of Sociology. His current research focuses on collusion and cartels, with the objectives of understanding observed collusive practices, developing observable markers of collusion, and designing competition policy to detect and deter collusion. His research is on the interface of theory and practice and has been presented before competition authorities throughout the world including those of Chile, Japan, South Africa, Spain, and the U.S.
Professor Harrington has given many keynote addresses on the topic of collusion and cartels including the Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture at the U. of Florida Levin College of Law, the Conference Policy Lecture at the European Conference in Competition & Regulation, the annual meetings of the European Association for Industrial Economists (EARIE), and the Annual Competition Commission, Competition Tribunal and Mandela Institute Conference on Competition Law, Economics and Policy.
Currently President of the Industrial Organization Society, Professor Harrington has performed extensive service on editorial boards in the field of industrial organization in the role of co-editor at the RAND Journal of Economics and the International Journal of Industrial Organization and associate editor at the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.
Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Harrington was Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University where he was Department Chair from 2007 to 2012 and Program Chair of the M.A. Program in Applied Economics from 1997 to 2012. In the Fall of 2012, he visited Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he held a Cátedras de Excelencia (Chair of Excellence) funded by Banco Santander.
Ph.D. Economics, Duke University, 1984; B.A., University of Virginia, 1979
Patrick T. Harker Professor, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy
Business Economics and Public Policy
Joseph E. Harrington, Lixin Ye (2017). Collusion through Coordination on Announcements, Working Paper
Joseph Harrington (2017). The Theory of Collusion and Competition Policy, MIT Press.
Joseph Harrington, Iwan Bos. Competition Policy and Cartel Size, Working Paper.
Joseph Harrington, Myong-Hun Chang. Endogenous Antitrust Enforcement in the Presence of a Corporate Leniency Program, Working Paper.
Joseph Harrington. Exploring the Boundaries of Unlawful Collusion: Price Coordination when Firms Lack Full Mutual Understanding. Working Paper.
Joseph Harrington (2013). Corporate Leniency Programs when Firms have Private Information: The Push of Prosecution and the Pull of Pre-emption, Journal of Industrial Economics, 61, 1 – 27.
Joseph Harrington (2013). Evaluating Mergers for Coordinated Effects and the Role of ‘Parallel Accmodating’ Conduct, Journal of Industrial Economics, 8, 651 – 668.
Harrington, Joseph, and Katsoulakos, Yannis (2012). Recent Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation, Edward Elgar, Editors.
Harrington, Joseph (2011). Posted Pricing as a Plus Factor, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 7, 1-35.
Joseph Harrington, Andrzej Skrzypacz (2011). Private Monitoring and Communication in Cartels: Explaining Recent Collusive Practices, American Economic Review, 101, 2425 – 2449.
Joseph Harrington (2011). When is an Antitrust Authority not Aggressive Enough in Fighting Cartels?, International Journal of Economic Theory, 7, 39 – 50.
Joseph Harrington, Edbert Hsu (2010). Stockpiling Anti-Viral Drugs for a Pandemic: The Role of Manufacturer Reserve Programs, Journal of Health Economics, 29, 438 – 444.