Antonio Penta

Antonio Penta

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Antonio Penta is an economic theorist who joined ICREA in October 2018. He is also Professor of Economics at UPF and at the Barcelona GSE. Prior to that, he was Assistant Professor (2010-2016) and then tenured Associate Professor (2016-2018) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated in Economics from Bocconi Univ (2004), and then he obtained a M.A. (2008) and a PhD (2010) in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently member of the Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and of Theoretical Economics, Associate Faculty at the Toulouse School of Economics, and a member of the TSE Digital Center. In 2017, he was awarded an ERC-Starting Grant.

Research interests

My research spans a range of areas within game theory, mechanism design, behavioral economics and auction theory, combining a variety of techniques and methodologies. In game theory and mechanism design, most of my research has focused on questions of robustness with respect to various forms of model misspecification. Within behavioral economics, my research has combined experimental methodology and theoretical work, and it has mostly focused on understanding individuals’ reasoning processes, and particularly the interaction between individuals’ cognitve abilities and their incentives. Most recently, I have become interested in the market for online advertisement. My research focuses on the impact of Digital Marketing Agencies on the online ad auction platforms, on agencies’s opportunities to generate surplus for their clients, and on the design of novel auction formats based on direct measures of users’ attention, combining economic theory and datascience.

Selected research activities

2019 Conferences and Workshops:

  • Behavioral Research in Economics Workshop (IIM, Ahmedabad, India), Keynote Speaker
  • International Center of Economic and Finance Microeconomics Workshop (Moscow, Russia), Keynote Speaker
  • Workshop on “New Directions in Mechanism Design”, (Stony Brook, NY, USA), invited speaker
  • XIX-SAET Conference on Mathematical Economics, Ischia (ITA), invited speaker
  • Warwick Economic Theory Workshop, Univ. of Warwick (UK), invited speaker
  • 2019 Barcelona GSE Summer Forum, Bounded Rationality, Cognition  and Strategic Uncertainty; conference organizer
  • 2019 ESEM: Econometric Society European Meeting, Univ. of Maastricht: member of scientific committe

2019 Invited Research Seminars:

  • EZH-UZH Microeconomic Theory Seminar, Zurich
  • Higher School of Economcis Microeconomics Seminar, Moscow
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel Economic Theory Seminar, Jerusalem
  • Tel-Aviv University Economic Theory Seminar, Tel-Aviv
  • Bar-Ilan University of Jerusalem Israel, Economic Theory Seminar, Tel-Aviv
  • University of Bologna, Microeconomics Seminar, Bologna
  • European University Institute, Economic Theory Seminar, Florence

2019 Courses:

  • Advanced Microeconomics II, Ph.D., Barcelona GSE
  • Economic Methods for Data Science: Online Ad Auctions, Master, Barcelona GSE
  • Digital Economics: Online Ad Auctions and Spectrum A, Summer Course, Barcelona GSE
  • Game Theory and Mechanism Design, Uncergraduate UPF