Igor Letina

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Bern and a Research Affiliate at CEPR.

My research focuses on applied microeconomic theory, in particular the questions related to economics of innovation and contest design.

I maintain a list of conferences (with a focus on IO and theory), including submission deadlines and links. If you know of a conference that I should include, please send me an e-mail.

Email: igor.letina@unibe.ch

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Working papers

  1. Research Joint Ventures: The Role of Financial Constraints
    - with Philipp Brunner and Armin Schmutzler (revised January 2023)
    - Slides

  2. Optimal Contest Design: Tuning the Heat
    - with Shuo Liu and Nick Netzer (revised November 2022)
    - Accepted at Journal of Economic Theory
    - Best paper award at the 2021 Conference of the China Information Economics Society
    - Slides

  3. Killer Acquisitions and Beyond: Policy Effects on Innovation Strategies
    - with Armin Schmutzler and Regina Seibel (revised October 2021)
    - Slides


  1. Designing Dynamic Research Contests
    - with Jean-Michel Benkert
    - American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 2020, Vol. 12(4), pp. 270-289
    - Working Paper, AEA Research Highlight

  2. Delegating Performance Evaluation
    - with Shuo Liu and Nick Netzer
    - Theoretical Economics, 2020, Vol. 15(2), pp. 477–509

  3. Inducing Variety: A Theory of Innovation Contests
    - with Armin Schmutzler
    - International Economic Review, 2019, Vol. 60(4), pp. 1757-1780
    - Working Paper

  4. Optimal Search from Multiple Distributions with Infinite Horizon
    - with Jean-Michel Benkert and Georg Nöldeke
    - Economics Letters, 2018, Vol. 164, pp. 15-18
    - Working Paper

  5. The Road not Taken: Competition and the R&D Portfolio
    - RAND Journal of Economics, 2016, Vol. 47(2), pp. 433–460
    - Online Appendix, Working Paper