Philippe Marcoul

Associate Professor

Phone: 780-248-1094
Department: Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology
Office: 503 General Services
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
503 General Services
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2H1

 Member of University of Alberta Economist Group

Job/Research Area 

Financial Economics, Industrial Organization, Contract Theory, Development Economics
Sub fields: Economics of cooperatives, Economics of Intellectual Property, Agribusiness Industrial Organization 

Major Responsibilities/Research Interest 

Associate Editor: American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2014-present
Associate Editor: Journal of Agricultural Food Industrial Organization, 2007- present 

Undergraduate courses 

AREC 482: Cooperatives and Alternative Business Institutions 

Short summary: This an organization class that analyzes organizations that do not have profit maximization as their main objective. There is an emphasis on cooperatives.

AREC 582: Industrial Organization in Food and Resource Industries 

Short summary: this is an Industrial organization class with an emphasis on food and resource industries.

AREC 488: Game Theory with Applications to Resource Economics

Short summary: An Introduction to Game Theory with an emphasis on resource applications.

AREC 487: Managing Market Risk In Resource Industries

Short summary: A finance class with a focus on agricultural commodity markets.


"Search of Prior Art and Revelation of Information by Patent Applicants,” with Corinne Langinier, 2016.  Working paper. Forthcoming in the Review of Industrial Organization. Available here

"Spatial Efficiency of Genetically Modified and Organic Crops," with Stefan Ambec and Corinne Langinier. 2015. Strategic Behavior and the Environment. Vol. 5: No. 1, pp 31-59. Available here

"Agents Monitoring Their Manager: A Hard-times Theory of Producer Cooperation," with Brent Hueth. Journal of Economics & Management Strategy , 24: 92–109. 2015.   Available here.

"A Financial Contracting Approach to the Role of Supermarkets in Farmer's Credit Access," with Luc Veyssiere, American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 92(4): 1051-1064. 2010.

"The Producer Cooperative as Monitored Credit? The Case of West Liberty Foods," with Brent Hueth and Roger Ginder, The Journal of Cooperatives. 23: 106-121. 2009.

"Incentive Pay for CEOs in Cooperative Firms,"with Brent Hueth, American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 91(5): 1218-1223. 2009. Available here

"Contributory infringement rule and patents," with Corinne Langinier, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. 70(1-2): 296-310. 2009

"The Cooperative Firm as Monitored Credit." with Brent Hueth. 2010.  Available here.

"Search and active learning with correlated information: Empirical evidence from professional fishermen." with Quinn Weninger, Journal of Economic Dynamics & Control. 32: 1921-1848. 2008

"Can radically unbiased Police perpetuate long-run discrimination?" with Bunzel, Helle, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. 60(1): 36-47. 2008

"Grader Bias in Cattle Market? Evidence from Iowa." with Brent Hueth and John Lawrence. 2007. American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 89 (4): 890-903. 2007

"Information Sharing and Oligopoly in Agricultural Markets: The Role of Bargaining Associations." with Brent Hueth, American Journal of Agricultural Economics. 88(4): 866-881. 2006

"An essay on cooperative bargaining in U.S. Agricultural Markets," with Brent Hueth, Brent, Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization. 1(1): 1-15. 2003.  Available here.

Working Papers under Review

"The Long-Term Effects of Climate Shocks on 'Other-Regarding' Preferences: Inequality Aversion and Spite" with Jeff Andrews, 2016. Available here.

"Coordination and Information Sharing about Pest Resistance," with Stéphane Lemarié, 2015. Working paper. Available here.

Current Projects and work in Progress (please e-mail if you want a copy of these papers)

“’'Blood is thicker than water': Economic implications of food gifting within kinship networks” with Marty Luckert, Sandeep Mohapatra, and Godwin Zigah, 2016.

"Food Gifting, Kinship Networks and Household Food Security: the way they give" with Sally Sun and Henry An. 2016.

"Firm Ownership and CEO Incentives: Evidence from Member-Owned Firms" with Brent Hueth, 2015.

“Subjective Performance of Patent Examiners and Implicit Contracts,” with Corinne Langinier


"Rural Producers' Organization, Production Finance and Inclusiveness"