Professor of Economics, University of Alabama

Dr. Van Essen is an economist with a research agenda that focuses on topics in public economics, bargaining, and game theory. Dr. Van Essen’s work in public economics focuses on the incentive problems in the provision of public goods as well as methods to mitigate these problems. He is a member of the Economic Science Association, the Society for Economic Design, the Southern Economic Association, and has published in the journals Economic Inquiry, Social Choice and Welfare, Games and Economic Behavior, Review of Economic Design, Southern Economic Journal, and the Journal of Public Economic Theory.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Associate professor, University of Alabama, Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies
  • 2010–2016
    Assistant professor, University of Alabama, Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies

Education

  • 2010 
    University of Arizona, Ph. D., Economics, University of Arizona
  • 2007 
    University of Arizona, M.A., Economics
  • 2005 
    University of Colorado, B.A., Economics (Minor - Mathematics)