Biography

Ben McQuillin is a Lecturer in Economics. He holds degrees of BA Hons (Cantab), MA (UEA) and D.Phil (UEA).

Ben's first career was in finance. As a student intern at Bankers Trust (Tokyo) in the late 1980s, Ben invented the 'Asian option', which is sometimes viewed as the product that led to the term 'exotic' being applied to financial instruments. Upon graduating from Cambridge, Ben joined the newly formed Credit Suisse Financial Products, becoming a vice-president.

Ben subsequently returned to academic study, and since completing his PhD ('A value for n-person games in partition function form') has remained at UEA, as a Senior Research Associate (2006 - 9) and as a Lecturer in Economics (2009 - present). His research interests are primarily in the fields of social choice theory, normative economics and cooperative game theory, with an interest also in the economics of science. His publications include papers in Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, and Social Choice and Welfare

Ben's teaching interests span microeconomics more generally. In 2006 Ben was awarded a Commendation for teaching (in the student-nominated award category) by the HEA Economics Network.

All Publications

Campos, R., Leon, F., McQuillin, B.

(2018)

Lost in the Storm: The Academic Collaborations That Went Missing in Hurricane ISSAC,

in The Economic Journal

128

(610)

pp. 995-1018

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


McQuillin, B., Sugden, R.

(2018)

Balanced externalities and the Shapley value,

in Games and Economic Behavior

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


McQuillin, B., Sugden, R.

(2016)

Backward Induction Foundations of the Shapley Value,

in Econometrica

84

(6)

pp. 2265–2280

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


McQuillin, B., Sugden, R.

(2012)

How the market responds to dynamically inconsistent preferences,

in Social Choice and Welfare

38

(4)

pp. 617-634

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(Article)

(Published)


McQuillin, B., Sugden, R.

(2012)

Reconciling normative and behavioural economics: The problems to be solved,

in Social Choice and Welfare

38

(4)

pp. 553-567

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(Article)

(Published)


McQuillin, B., Sugden, R.

(2011)

The representation of alienable and inalienable rights: games in transition function form,

in Social Choice and Welfare

37

(4)

pp. 683-706

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Mcquillin, B.

(2009)

The extended and generalized Shapley value: Simultaneous consideration of coalitional externalities and coalitional structure,

in Journal of Economic Theory

144

(2)

pp. 696-721

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Ben's main research interests lie in game theory, social choice theory and normative microeconomics.  In particular, he uses non-cooperative, cooperative, and experimental game theory to explore expected and rightful outcomes in situations - such as international agreements, and also company mergers and acquisitions - where formal commitments to cooperate induce both surpluses and externalities. In addition, he has interests in the formal representation of rights, the problem of reconciling normative economics with behavioural economics, and the economics of scientific and academic endeavour.

 

Current working papers:

  • The role of conferences on the pathway to academic impact: Evidence from a natural experiment, with F. Leon. (Accepted for publication in The Journal of Human Resources.)
  • Balanced externalities and the Shapley value, with R. Sugden. (Accepted for publication in Games and Economic Behavior.)
  • Lost in the storm: The academic collaborations that went missing in Hurricane Isaac, with R. Campos and F. Leon. (Accepted for publication in The Economic Journal.)