James Anton


Wesley A. Magat Professor

Academic Area: Economics
Phone Number: +1.919.660.7754

Teaching / Research Interests

Managerial Economics, Competitive Analysis, Game Theory, Industrial Organization

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


James J. Anton is the Wesley A. Magat Professor in the Economics Area at the Fuqua School of Business. He also has secondary appointments in the Department of Economics at Duke and at UNC. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University 1984 and, prior to joining the Fuqua faculty in 1989, he served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Professor Anton's interests are in the area of applied microeconomic theory and industrial organization economics. His research focuses on issues involving information, incentives, contracting, and property rights in markets where strategic rivalry between firms is an important feature. He has published papers on innovation incentives and intellectual property rights, competitive pricing and sourcing, procurement contracts, auctions, incentive regulations, and antitrust issues.

Professor Anton has taught a variety of courses at Fuqua, including managerial economics, economic environment of the firm (macroeconomics), competitive analysis, and a course on global markets and institutions, and he has taught in several degree programs at Fuqua. His teaching has been recognized on past occasions, including the Outstanding Professor Award from the Global Executive Classes of 2003 and of 2001. In 2007, he received the Bank of America Faculty Award.

He served as Faculty Dean for Fuqua from 2012-2015.

Professor Anton's research has been published in a variety of economics journals, including The American Economic Review, The International Economic Review, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, The RAND Journal of Economics, The Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, The Journal of Public Economics, and The Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, and also in law and policy journals. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Industrial Economics, and, previously, as Associate Editor at Management Science and at The RAND Journal of Economics, and as Co-editor of The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. He has also served as a co-organizer for many years of the IO Theory Conference that is a joint effort with Columbia, MIT, Northwestern and UC Berkeley.

On the personal side, Professor Anton is married and has two grown sons. He enjoys music and sports