M. Garrett Roth

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Economics, Oberlin College

Public Economics, Voter Behavior, Game Theory

‘A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.’ - H. L. Mencken

Curriculum Vitae (Nov. 2013)   

Research Agenda

Summary of Teaching Evaluations


"Prison Gangs and the Community Responsibility System" (with David Skarbek, forthcoming at The Review of Behavioral Economics)

Roth, M. Garrett. 2011. "Resource Allocation and Voter Calculus in a Multicandidate Election." Public Choice    148: 337-51. (working paper version)

Working Papers:

"Because I Deserve This: The Demographics of Public and Personal Debt"

"Social Cooperation Under Variable Time Preference"

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Polarization"

"Moving Against the Median Voter: Voter Unrest and Preference Uncertainty in a Two-Party Spatial Model"

"Feedback Loops in Multicandidate Political Competition"

"The Impact of Endogenous Time Preference on Public Debt"

"Reconciling Competing Systems of Property Rights Through Adverse Possession"

"Political Campaigning as a Sequential Game: An Empirical Analysis"

"Political Shocks and the Optimal Sequence of Campaign Expenditure"

Courses Taught:

Oberlin College:

Economics 101 - Principles of Economics (Fall 2013): Syllabus

Economics 444 - Senior Seminar: Politics without Romance: Syllabus

Duke University:

Political Science 139 - Conflict, Collusion, and Cooperation (Fall 2011, Spring 2012): Syllabus

St. Lawrence University:

Economics 100 -  Introduction to Economics (Fall 2010, Spring 2011): Syllabus

Economics 248A -  Government by Consensus: Voting Rules and Social Choice (Fall 2010): Syllabus

Binghamton University:

Economics 144 - The  Economics of Poverty and Discrimination (Summer 2008, Summer 2009): Syllabus

Economics 483M -  Applications of Game Theory to Business and Public Policy (Summer 2010): Syllabus