Yair Antler

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University.


I am interested in Microeconomic Theory, Industrial Organisation, and Behavioral Economics.

 

Email: yair.an(at)gmail.com

My CV can be found here.

 

Publications

Searching Forever After (2020). American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, forthcoming (joint with Benjamin Bachi).

No One Likes to Be Second Choice (2019). Economic Journal, 619, 1119-1138. 

Two-Sided Matching with Endogenous Preferences (2015). American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 7(3), 241-258. 

Multilevel Marketing: Pyramid-Shaped Schemes or Exploitative Scams?

We identify the conditions on the tendency of agents to spread information by word of mouth, under which a principal can design a pyramid scam to exploit a network of agents whose beliefs are coarse. We find that a pyramid scam is sustainable only if its underlying reward scheme compensates the participants on multiple levels of recruitments (e.g., for recruiting new members and for recruitments made by these new members). Motivated by the growing discussion on the legitimacy of multilevel marketing schemes and their resemblance to pyramid scams, we compare the two phenomena based on their underlying compensation structure.

 
 

Working Papers

Multilevel Marketing: Pyramid-Shaped Schemes or Exploitative Scams? (pdf, older version)

Multilateral Contracting with Manipulation (pdf)

R&R, Economic Journal

Sequential Learning (with Daniel Bird and Santiago Oliveros) (pdf)

R&R, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics

An Experimental Analysis of the Prize-Probability Tradeoff in Stopping Problems (with Ayala Arad) (pdf, appendix)

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