James Mulligan

Professor of Economics

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 412 Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-1918


Research Interests:

  • Industrial Organization
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • Club Theory


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Minnesota, 1980
  • M.S., Education, University of Southern California, 1975
  • B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, 1970
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • "Convergence in the Nineteenth Century: The Role of Capital Abundance in Determining County Population Growth in the Northeast United States," Eastern Economic Journal, (with B. Abrams and J. Li), January 2013.
  • "Government Intervention to Prevent Bankruptcy: The Effect of Blind-Bidding Laws on Movie Theaters," Economic Inquiry (with D. Wedzielewski), October 2012.
  • “Market Size, Service Quality and Competition in the U.S. Down-hill Ski Industry,” Applied Economics Letters, 2011.
  • "Vintage Effects and the Diffusion of Time-Saving Technological Innovations," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Advances) (with E.Falaris and N.Das), Vol. 9, Issue 1 (2009).
  • "Did Corliss Steam Engines Fuel Urban Growth in the Late Nineteenth Century? Less Sanguine Results," The Journal of Economic History (with Burt Abrams and Jing Li), Vol. 68, No. 4 (December 2008).
  • "Persistent Adoption of Time-saving Process Innovations," (with Nilotpal Das) The Economics of Persistent Innovation, 2006.
  • "Market Segmentation and the Diffusion of Quality-Enhancing Innovations: The Case of Down-Hill Skiing," (with E. Llinares) The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 85, No. 3 (August 2003). Included in Recent Developments in the Economics of Sport, edited by Wladimir Andreff as part of The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2011.

Awards & Honors

  • Visiting Professor, Faculté de Sciences Economiques et de Gestion, Université Lumière (Lyon 2), Lyon, France, 1992,1994
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lyon, Ecully, France, 1987
  • Outstanding M.B.A. Teacher Award, University of Delaware
  • Grants: CISMER, University of Delaware; College of Education, University of  Minnesota; New Castle County Executive Office; Power Partners


  • Industrial Organization
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Game Theory

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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