Michael Ward is Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Arlington and Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. He works in close cooperation with ZEW’s Research Department "Digital Economy". He has been a long term participant in their conferences.
Michael Ward studied mathematics and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. Previous positions include Staff Economist at the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Assistant and Associate Professorships at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He has had past affiliate research positions with Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) in Brazil, with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois, with the Consortium for Research on Telecommunications Policy (CRTP), and with ZEW. He is currently a coeditor of Contemporary Economic Policy and has been a guest editor of Information Economics and Policy.
Michael Ward has worked as a professional economist in government, academia, and the private sector. His research interests include competition and innovation policy in high technology industries, especially information and communication technologies (ICTs) and pharmaceuticals. His research has appeared in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Research Policy, and Journal of Industrial Economics. He is a coauthor of the textbook Managerial Economics: A Problem Solving Approach.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Engelstätter, Benjamin and Michael R. Ward (2016), Strategic Timing of Entry: Evidence from Video Games, Journal of Cultural Economics Volume 62, Issue 1, 1-22. Download
Discussion and Working Papers
Claussen, Jörg, Benjamin Engelstätter and Michael R. Ward (2014), Susceptibility and Influence in Social Media Word-of-Mouth, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 14-129, Mannheim. Download
Engelstätter, Benjamin and Michael R. Ward (2013), Strategic Timing of Entry: Evidence from Video Games, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 13-117, Mannheim. Download
Engelstätter, Benjamin, A. Scott Cunningham and Michael R. Ward (2011), Understanding the Effects of Violent Video Games on Violent Crime, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 11-042, Mannheim. Download