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Yeheskel Bar-Isaac

Yeheskel Bar-Isaac

Joined Stern 2003

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 7-73
New York, NY 10012

E-mail hbar-isa@stern.nyu.edu
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Heski Bar-Isaac is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at and holds an affiliation with the Department of Economics at the Graduate School for Arts and Sciences at New York University. Professor Bar-Isaac earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Oxford University and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics. Before returning to the London School of Economics for his Ph.D., he spent a couple of years as a consultant, working on a range of anti-trust and regulatory issues. Professor Bar-Isaac has visited economics departments at Tel Aviv University and Harvard University and taught at MIT Sloan, Kellogg School of Management, University Boconni and London School of Economics.

Professor Bar-Isaac's research focuses on theoretical models of information and reputation, and applications to the Internet, marketing, credit ratings, organizational design and organized crime. His work is widely published in journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, and the RAND Journal of Economics.

Research Interests

  • Information Economics
  • Organization Economics
  • Applied Microeconomic Theory

Courses Taught

  • Firms & Markets
  • Industrial Organization

Academic Background

Ph.D., Economics, 2004
London School of Economics

M.Sc., Econometrics / Mathematical Economics, 1997
London School of Economics

B.A., Mathematics, 1995
New College, Oxford University

Awards & Appointments

European Economic Association Young Economist Award  
Spanish Finance Association Best Paper in Corporate Finance  
American Economic Review Excellence in Refereeing  
NET Institute Summer Grant  

Selected Publications

Yeheskel Bar-Isaac, Mariagiovanna Baccara (2008)
How to Organize Crime
Review of Economic Studies, 2008, Volume 75(4), 1039-1067

Yeheskel Bar-Isaac (2007)
Something to Prove: Reputation in Teams
RAND Journal of Economics, Volume 38(2), 495-511.

Yeheskel Bar-Isaac (2003)
Reputation and Survival: Learning in a Dynamic Signalling Model
Review of Economic Studies, (April 2003), Volume 70(2), 231-251

Yeheskel Bar-Isaac, Guillermo Caruana and Vicente Cuñat
Search, Design, and Market Structure
American Economic Review, forthcoming

Yeheskel Bar-Isaac, Joel Shapiro
Credit Ratings Accuracy and Analyst Incentives
American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, forthcoming

Areas of Expertise


  • Antitrust & Regulatory Issues
  • Industrial Organization
  • Internet Economics
  • Microeconomics


  • Corporate Reputation