Wouter H. Dessein

Eli Ginzberg Professor of Finance and Economics

Finance and Economics

Professor

Heilbrunn Center for Graham and Dodd Investing

B.S. in Management and Applied Sciences (Handelsingenieur), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 1997; M.A., University of Toulouse, 1997; Ph.D, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium; 2000

Joined CBS in 2008

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Wouter Dessein

Office
625 Uris

Phone
212-851-1805

E-mail
wd2179@columbia.edu

Fax
212-316-9219

Teaching and research interest

Prior to joining the Columbia Business School faculty in July 2008, Wouter was an associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business from 2005-2008, where he taught Competitive Strategy and Organizational Strategy. He earned a Bachelor in management and applied sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1997 and a Ph.D. in economics from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Toulouse University in 2000, after which he became an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. Wouter's research interests center on the economics of organizations, specifically centralization versus decentralization, incentive design, the organizational structure of multi-divisional firms and the impact of competition on business organizations. His research has been published in leading journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Finance. He has also served as a research affiliate for the Center for Economic Policy Research and as an Associate Editor for the Review of Network Economies and the Journal of the European Economic Association.

Journal articles

Incomplete Contracts and Firm Boundaries: New Directions In The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization (2014)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein

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Pandering to Persuade In American Economic Review (2013)
Author(s): Yeon-Koo Che, Wouter Dessein, Navin Kartik

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Organizing for Synergies In American Economic Journal: Microeconomics (2010)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein, Luis Garicano, Robert Gertner

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Strategic Communication: Prices versus Quantities In Journal of the European Economic Association (2010)
Author(s): Ricardo Alonso, Wouter Dessein, Niko Matouschek

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When Does Coordination Require Centralization? In American Economic Review (2008)
Author(s): Ricardo Alonso, Wouter Dessein, Niko Matouschek

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Centralization versus Decentralization: An Application to Price Setting by a Multi-Market Firm In Journal of the European Economic Association (2008)
Author(s): Ricardo Alonso, Wouter Dessein, Niko Matouschek

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Adaptive Organizations In Journal of Political Economy (2006)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein, Tano Santos

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Information and Control in Ventures and Alliances In The Journal of Finance (2005)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein

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Network Competition with Heterogeneous Customers and Calling Patterns In Information Economics and Policy (2004)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein

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Network Competition in Nonlinear Pricing In RAND Journal of Economics (2003)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein

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Authority and Communication in Organizations In Review of Economic Studies (2002)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein

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CaseWorks

Albert Heijn: Price War among Retailers: Spring 2010
Author(s): Wouter H. Dessein, Remmelt De Jong

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Working Papers

Price Delegation and Performance Pay: Evidence from Industrial Sales Forces (2014)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein, Mrinal Ghosh, Francine Lafontaine, Desmond Lo

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Rational Inattention and Organizational Focus (2014)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein, Andrea Galeotti, Tano Santos

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Why a Group Needs a Leader: Decision-Making and Debate in Committees Discussion Paper No. DP6168 (2007)
Author(s): Wouter Dessein

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Forthcoming Articles

Organizing to Adapt and Compete In American Economic Journal: Microeconomics (2014)
Author(s): Ricardo Alonso, Wouter Dessein, Niko Matouschek

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