Avi Weiss


Chief Economist and Deputy General Director
Israel Antitrust Authority
Telephone: (02) 655-6118

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Bar-Ilan University
52900 Ramat-Gan, Israel
Telephone: (03) 531-8934
Fax: (03) 535-3180


Areas of Interest

Industrial Organization, Labor Economics, Applied Economics, Experimental Economics



Education

Ph.D. in Economics, The University of Chicago, December 1987.
Disseration: "Firm-Specific Physical Capital: An Empirical Analysis of Vertical Mergers."
Chairman: Gary S. Becker (Nobel Laureate in Economics).
Committee members: Dennis W. Carlton, Charles Kahn and George J. Stigler (Nobel Laureate in Economics).

M.A. in Economics, The University of Chicago, December 1981.

B.A. in Accounting and Economics (Double major), Bar-Ilan University, July 1979.



Professional Experience

Academic Experience

2003-presentAssociate Professor, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1995-2002Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1991-1995 Lecturer (Assistant Professor), Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1993 Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics, New York University.
1992 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, New York University.
1988-1991 Instructor, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
1982 University of Chicago, PEW Fellowship Instructor in Economics.
1981-1983 University of Chicago, Research Assistant for Professor Allan Drazen.
1981-1983 University of Chicago, Research Assistant for Professor B. Peter Pashigian.
1981 University of Chicago, Research Assistant for Professor Dennis W. Carlton.
1980 University of Chicago, Teaching Assistant for Professor Sherwin Rosen

Other Professional Experience

1999 - present Member, Anti-Dumping Commission, Ministry of Industry and Trade.
1998 - present Member, Bar-Ilan University committee on Coordination and Planning of Youth Programs and Accredited Courses.
1999 - 2003 Board of Directors, Bank Hapoalim Mutual Funds.
1996 - 2001 Chairman, Controller Committee, Faculty Organization, Bar-Ilan University.
1997 - 1998 Director, The Institute for Economic Research, Bar-Ilan University.
1994 - 1998 Director, The Azrieli Institute for Research on The Israeli Economy.
1993 - 1995 Member of the Senate of Bar-Ilan University (Lecturers representative).
1983 - 1988 Lexecon, Inc., Economic Consultant.
1978 - 1979 Professional Secretary, The Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel.

Research Center Affiliation

2000 - present Research Fellow, IZA, Bonn, Germany.

Referee for Journals

American Economic Review; The Economic Quarterly; Economics Letters; The European Journal of Political Economy; Experimental Economics; International Journal of Game Theory; International Journal of Manpower; The Journal of Comparative Economics; The Journal of Econometrics; Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control; The Journal of Law and Economics; The Journal of Population Economics; Public Choice; Quarterly Journal of Economics; Research on Income Inequality; Review of Development Economics

Referee for Institutions and Foundations

Economic & Social Research Council; Everyman's University; German - Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development; Technion Israel Institute of Technology; United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund; University of Haifa; York University, Faculty of Arts, Committee on Research, Grants and Scholarships


Academic Honors and Fellowships

University of Chicago

Sarah Scaife Foundation Scholarship, provided by the Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, 1985-1986.
PEW Fellowships, 1982.
Earhart Foundation Fellowship, 1981-1982.
Tuition fellowships, 1980-1983.

Bar-Ilan University

Award for excellence in studies, 1977-1978.
Award for excellence in studies, 1976-1977.
Tuition fellowships, 1976-1979.


Grants

Personal Grants

The Pinhas Sapir Economic Policy Forum, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University, for "The Structure of Imports and Foreign Trade Liberalization: The Phenomenon of Sole Importerships," co-authored with Elise Brezis, 1993.

Internal grant for the study of Experimental Economics, Bar-Ilan University, 1995.

Internal grant for the study of Endogenous Bureaucracy, Bar-Ilan University, 1997.

Internal grant for the study of Cooperative and Non-Cooperative R&D with Uncertainty and Spillovers, Bar-Ilan University, 1998.

Internal grant for the study of The Optimal Size for a Minority, Bar-Ilan University, 2000.

Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Technion University, for "Cooperative and Non-Cooperative R&D with Uncertainty and Spillovers," 2001.

Internal grant for the study of Immigration Amnesties, Bar-Ilan University, 2001.

Aharon Meir Center for the Research and Study of Banking, Bar-Ilan University, for "Cooling-off Periods and Red-Tape Formation in Central Banking," 2001.

Ushi Friedman Foundation, Rupin Institute, for "Assessing the Level of Altruism Among Kibbutz Members," 2001.

Institutional Grant

Pivotal in founding the Aharon Meir Center for the Research and Study of Banking at Bar-Ilan University, and in raising nearly $1,250,000 for the operation of the Center.



Awards

Outstanding Lecturer Award - Awarded on May 23, 1995 by the Student Union Council. Chosen as one of the top five lecturers at Bar-Ilan University.

Koret Prize - second place in paper competition on "How can Israel achieve economic self-sufficiency," 1997-1998, Koret Foundation.



Supervision of Graduate Students

Doctoral Students

Ayal, Adi -Monopoly as a Democracy Issue: A Proposed Model for the Justification of Antitrust Law (completed).
Etziony, Amir -Strategic Behavior Under Network Externalities (completed).
Gabso, Hod -Absenteeism.
Kaniel, Bat-El -Land Appropriation.

Masters Students

Sharon Zaurbach - Price Marking.



Conferences Organized

"Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms," International conference organized with Yehuda Don and Nava Kahana, Bar-Ilan University, May 25-28, 1992.

"The Israeli Economy - 1995," organized under the auspices of The Azrieli Institute for Research on The Israeli Economy, Bar-Ilan University, February 8, 1995.

Symposium on the Privatization Process in Israel, Bar-Ilan University, February 1, 1996.

European Public Choice Society 1996 Meetings, Advisory Committee, Bar-Ilan University and Tiberias, Israel, March 10-13, 1996.

"The Economics of Judaism and Jewish Observance," Advisory Committee, Bar-Ilan University, December 13-15, 1998.

"Law, Jewish Law and Economics," Advisory Committee, Bar-Ilan University, December 16-17, 1998.



Papers Presented at Conferences

"The Impact of Firing Costs on Wage Differentials ? An Insider?Outsider Approach," co?authored with Jacob Rosenberg, International Workshop on the Economics of Labor Market Discrimination and Segregation, Bar?Ilan University, June 3?4, 1991.

"Political Considerations in Governmental Grants to Municipalities in Israel," co-authored with Shimon Rozevitch and Adi Schnytzer, Israel Economic Association Meetings, December 25-26, 1991.

"Absenteeism: When Effort is (Partially) Observable," co-authored with Nava Kahana, International Conference on Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Labor-Managed Firms, Bar-Ilan University, May 25-28, 1992.

"The Structure of Imports and Foreign Trade Liberalization: The Phenomenon of Sole Importerships," co-authored with Elise Brezis, Israel Economic Association Meetings, December 12-13, 1993.

"Why Illegal Immigration is Illegal, and Why It Exists," co-authored with Arye Hillman, CEPR Workshop on The Political Economy of Illegal Immigration, Halkidiki, Greece, September 14-16, 1995.

"Restrictions on Regulators' Employment - A Public Choice Perspective," co-authored with Elise Brezis, Israel Economic Association Meetings, December 24, 1995.

"Why Illegal Immigration is Permitted," co-authored with Arye Hillman, European Public Choice Society Meetings, Bar-Ilan University and Tiberias, Israel, March 10-13, 1996.

"Restrictions on Regulators' Employment - A Public Choice Perspective," co-authored with Elise Brezis, European Public Choice Society Meetings, Bar-Ilan University and Tiberias, Israel, March 10-13, 1996.

"An Economic Approach to Jewish Law - The Case of Accident Law," co-authored with Jacob Rosenberg, European Association of Law and Economics Conference, Haifa, Israel, August 27-29, 1996.

"Creating Illegal Immigrants," co-authored with Gil Epstein and Arye Hillman, CEPR Workshop on The Political Economy of Illegal Immigration, Athens, Greece, February 14-15, 1997.

"Endogenous Red-Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," co-authored with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Paroush, European Public Choice Society Meetings, G?teburg, Sweden, April 30 - May 3, 1998.

"Endogenous Red-Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," co-authored with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Proush, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 21, 1998.

"The Jubilee as Antitrust Litigation," co-authored with Jacob Rosenberg, The Jubilee and its Economic and Social Implications, Jerusalem, Israel, May 27 - May 29, 1998.

"Inferring Values from Jewish Attitudes Toward Competition," co-authored with Dennis W. Carlton, Law, Jewish Law and Economics, Ramat-Gan, Israel, December 16-17, 1998.

"Endogenous Red-Tape: Bureaucracy as Oil on the Hinges of a Revolving Door," co-authored with Elise S. Brezis and Jacob Proush, Association of Southern European Theorists Meetings, Tel-Aviv, Israel, October 10-11, 1999.

The Optimal Size for a Minority," co-authored with Hillel Rapoport, Social Interactions and Economic Behavior, Paris, France, December 16-18, 1999.

"The Return of Land in the Jubilee: An Economic Model," co-authored with Jacob Rosenberg, International Conference on Biblical Economics, Jerusalem, Israel, June 5-7, 2000.

"The Optimal Size for a Minority," co-authored with Hillel Rapoport, The Economics of Judaism and Jewish Human Capital, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A., June 20-22, 2000.

"A Theory of Immigration Amnesties," co-authored with Gil S. Epstein, European Public Choice Society, Paris, France, April 18-21, 2001.

"A Theory of Immigration Amnesties," co-authored with Gil S. Epstein, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 3, 2001.

"Cooperation and Competition in an R&D Market with Spillovers," co-authored with Damiano Bruno Silipo, Israel Economic Association Meetings, May 8, 2002.

"Coordination and Critical Mass in a Network Market - An Experimental Evaluation," co-authored with Amir Etziony, Economic Science Association Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts, June 27-30, 2002.