Nima Haghpanah 415 Kern Building
Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802

nima.haghpanah at
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I am an assistant professor of Economics at Penn State (on leave during the 2019-20 academic year, visiting Columbia).

I am a microeconomic theorist. My research is on mechanism, contract, and auction design, and price discrimination.

Working Papers

Pareto Improving Segmentation of Multi-product markets [Slides]
with Ron Siegel
Abstract in EC 2019 as Consumer-Optimal Market Segmentation

When Is Pure Bundling Optimal? [Slides]
with Jason Hartline
R&R at the Review of Economic Studies
Abstract in EC 2015 as Reverse Mechanism Design
(The paper supersedes Multidimensional Virtual Values and Second Degree Price Discrimination which is no longer in development.)

Full Surplus Extraction from Samples [Slides]
with Hu Fu, Jason Hartline, and Robert Kleinberg
Abstract in EC 2014

Sequential Mechanisms with ex-post Individual Rationality
with Itai Ashlagi and Constantinos Daskalakis
Abstract in EC 2016

Optimal Multi-Unit Mechanisms with Private Demands
with Nikhil Devanur and Alex Psomas
R&R at Games and Economic Behavior
Abstract in EC 2017
Journal Publications

Efficient Computation of Optimal Auctions via Reduced Forms
with Saeed Alaei, Hu Fu, Jason Hartline, and Azarakhsh Malekian
Mathematics of Operations Research 2019
One page abstract in EC 2012

Revenue Maximization with Non-excludable Goods
with MohammadHossein Bateni, Balu Sivan, and Morteza Zadimoghaddam
ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation 2015
Preliminary version in WINE 2013

Optimal Auctions with Positive Network Externalities
with Nicole Immorlica, Vahab Mirrokni, and Kamesh Munagala
ACM Transactions on Economics and Computation 2013
One page abstract in EC 2011

Equilibrium Pricing with Positive Externalities
with Nima Anari, Shayan Ehsani, Mohammad Ghodsi, Nicole Immorlica, Hamid Mahini, and Vahab Mirrokni
Theoretical Computer Science 2013
Preliminary version WINE 2010
Conference Papers

Exchange Market Mechanisms without Money
with Zeinab Abbassi and Vahab Mirrokni
WINE 2015

The Simple Economics of Approximately Optimal Auctions
with Saeed Alaei, Hu Fu, and Jason Hartline
FOCS 2013

Optimal Iterative Pricing over Social Networks
with Hessamedin Akhlaghpour, Mohammad Ghodsi, Hamid Mahini, Vahab Mirrokni, and Afshin Nikzad
WINE 2010


Optimal Multi-parameter Auction Design
Northwestern University 2014