Chris Bidner

Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University

Research Interests

I am interested in applied theory, with particular interest in the fields of Development and Labour. My CV is here (April, 2016).


Investing in Skill and Searching for Coworkers: Endogenous Entry in a Matching Market
(with Guillaume Roger and Jess Moses)
American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 2016
[draft] [online appendix]

Property Rights over Marital Transfers
(with Siwan Anderson)
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2015
[draft] [online appendix]

A Gender-Based Theory of the Origins of the Caste System of India
(with Mukesh Eswaran)
Journal of Development Economics, 2015

A Spillover-Based Theory of Credentialism
Canadian Journal of Economics, 2014

The Emergence of Political Accountability
(with Patrick Francois)
Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2013

Cultivating Trust: Norms, Institutions, and the Implications of Scale
(with Patrick Francois)
Economic Journal, 2011

Pre-Match Investment with Frictions
Games and Economic Behavior, 2010

Working Papers

A Theory of Minimalist Democracy
(with Patrick Francois and Francesco Trebbi)

Trust and Vulnerability
(with Ken Jackson)

In Progress

Wage Gaps and Frictional Labour Markets: Evidence on the Gender Gap from U.S. Cities (with Ben Sand)

The Path to Representative Democracy (with Patrick Francois and Francesco Trebbi)


Peer Effects and the Promise of Social Mobility: A Model of Human Capital Investment [older draft]

Book Reviews

"The Entrepreneurial Group: Social Identities, Relations, and Collective Action", by Martin Ruef [draft]
Journal of Economic Psychology, 32 (2011), pp. 529-530

"Identity Economics", by George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton [draft]
Journal of Economic Psychology, 31 (2010), pp. 1061-1063



Office: WMC 2686