Brad Larsen joined the Department of Economics at Stanford University in 2014. Prior to this, he obtained a BA in Economics and BS in Mathematics from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Economics from MIT, and spent one year as postdoctoral researcher at eBay Research. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

His primary area of research is Industrial Organization, with specific emphasis on bargaining and occupational licensing. His recent research projects study large datasets of alternating-offer-negotiation settings to analyze behavioral patterns and efficiency in bargaining. He also studies the effects of occupational licensing regulations on market outcomes such as prices, competition, and the distribution of service quality. Other recent projects study auctions, consumer search, digital copyright law and grey-market activity, changes in US wage inequality due to increased import competition with China, the effects of laws legitimizing arbitrage (parallel importation) across international markets, and applied econometric methods. His latest publications and working papers can be found at his website.

Academic Appointments

2019-20 Courses

Stanford Advisees

  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Leon Zhang
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Shumpei Goke

All Publications

  • The Efficiency of Real-World Bargaining: Evidence from Wholesale Used-Auto Auctions REVIEW OF ECONOMIC STUDIES Larsen, B. 2020; Forthcoming

    View details for DOI 10.1093/restud/rdaa007

  • Sequential Bargaining in the Field: Evidence from Millions of Online Bargaining Interactions QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS Backus, M., Blake, T., Larsen, B., Tadelis, S. 2020; Forthcoming

    View details for DOI 10.1093/qje/qjaa003

  • IV Quantile Regression for Group-Level Treatments, With an Application to the Distributional Effects of Trade ECONOMETRICA Chetverikov, D., Larsen, B., Palmer, C. 2016; 84 (2): 809-833

    View details for DOI 10.3982/ECTA12121

    View details for Web of Science ID 000373024100009

  • Consumer Protection in an Online World: An Analysis of Occupational Licensing Farronato, C., Fradkin, A., Larsen, B., Brynjolfsson, E. National Bureau of Economic Research. 2020 ; NBER Working Paper (26601):
  • The bidder exclusion effect RAND JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS Coey, D., Larsen, B., Sweeney, K. 2019; 50 (1): 93–120
  • Discounts and Deadlines in Consumer Search Coey, D., Larsen, B., Platt, B. National Bureau of Economic Research. 2019 ; NBER Working Paper (22038):
  • A Mechanism Design Approach to Identification and Estimation Larsen, B., Zhang, A. National Bureau of Economic Research. 2018 ; NBER Working Paper (24837):
  • The Simple Empirics of Optimal Online Auctions Coey, D., Larsen, B., Sweeney, K., Waisman, C. National Bureau of Economic Research. 2018 ; NBER Working Paper (24698):
  • Ascending auctions with bidder asymmetries QUANTITATIVE ECONOMICS Coey, D., Larsen, B., Sweeney, K., Waisman, C. 2017; 8 (1): 181-200

    View details for DOI 10.3982/QE474

    View details for Web of Science ID 000399323900006

  • Identification in Ascending Auctions, with an Application to Digital Rights Management Freyberger, J., Larsen, B. National Bureau of Economic Research. 2017 ; NBER Working Paper (23659):
  • Bid Takers or Market Makers? The Effect of Auctioneers on Auction Outcome AMERICAN ECONOMIC JOURNAL-MICROECONOMICS Lacetera, N., Larsen, B. J., Pope, D. G., Sydnor, J. R. 2016; 8 (4): 195-229
  • Occupational Licensing and Quality: Distributional and Heterogeneous Effects in the Teaching Profession Larsen, B. 2015
  • A test of the extreme value type I assumption in the bus engine replacement model ECONOMICS LETTERS Larsen, B. J., Oswald, F., Reich, G., Wunderli, D. 2012; 116 (2): 213–16
  • Partially Adaptive Econometric Methods For Regression and Classification COMPUTATIONAL ECONOMICS Hansen, J. V., McDonald, J. B., Theodossiou, P., Larsen, B. J. 2010; 36 (2): 153–69