John L. Turner

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Department of Economics

Terry College of Business

University of Georgia

(Ph.D., Economics, University of Virginia, 2002)

Curriculum Vitae (December 1, 2014)

My Google Scholar Page

UGA Economics Department

Research Interests:

Industrial organization, intellectual property, law and economics, mechanism design, time series analysis.


"Local to Unity, Long-Horizon Forecasting Thresholds for Model Selection in the AR(1)," Journal of Forecasting 23, November 2004, pp. 513-539.

"How (Not) to Raise Money" (with Jacob Goeree , Emiel Maasland and Sander Onderstal ), Journal of Political Economy 113, August 2005, pp. 897-918.
(formerly "All-Pay-All Auctions").

"The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's Impact on Patent Litigation" (with Matthew Henry ), Journal of Legal Studies 35, January 2006, pp. 85-117.

"James Watt as Intellectual Monopolist: Comment on Boldrin and Levine" (with George Selgin ), International Economic Review 47, November 2006, pp. 1341-48.

"Efficient Dissolution of Partnerships and the Structure of Control" (with Emanuel Ornelas ), Games and Economic Behavior 60, July 2007, pp. 187-99.

"Trade Liberalization, Outsourcing and the Hold-Up Problem" (with Emanuel Ornelas ), Journal of International Economics 74, January 2008, pp. 225-41.

"The Economics of a Centralized Judiciary: Uniformity, Forum Shopping and the Federal Circuit" (with Scott Atkinson and Alan Marco ), Journal of Law and Economics 52, August 2009, pp. 411-43.

"Watt Again? Boldrin and Levine Still Exaggerate the Adverse Effect of Patents on the Progress of Steam Power" (with George Selgin ), Review of Law and Economics 5 : Iss. 3, Article 7, December 2009, 13 pages.

"Patent Damages and Spatial Competition" (with Matthew Henry ), Journal of Industrial Economics 58, June 2010, pp. 279-305 .

"Strong Steam, Weak Patents, or, the Myth of Watt's Innovation-Blocking Monopoly, Exploded" ( with George Selgin ), Journal of Law and Economics, November 2011, pp. 841-61.

"Protection and International Sourcing" (with Emanuel Ornelas), Economic Journal 122, March 2012, pp. 26-63.

"Dissolving (In)effective Partnerships," Social Choice and Welfare 41, July 2013, pp. 321-35.

"Do Three-Part Tariffs Improve Efficiency in Residential Broadband Networks?" (with Jacob Malone and Jon Williams), Telecommunications Policy 38, December 2014, 1035-45.

"Unbundling Ownership and Control (with Daniel Ferreira and Emanuel Ornelas ), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 24, Spring 2015, 1-21.
(formerly "Ownership Structure and the Market for Corporate Control").

(Note: There are also some working paper versions on my SSRN page and my RePEc page. )

Working Papers Under Review:

"Patent Thickets, Trolls and Unproductive Entrepreneurship"

"The Costs and Benefits of United States Patents" (with James Bessen, Peter Neuhausler and Jon Williams), revision requested, Journal of Law and Economics.
Online Appendix

"Across Five Eras: Patent Enforcement in the United States 1929-2006" (with Matthew Henry).

"Off-Label Use of Pharmaceuticals: Trends and Drivers" (with David Bradford and Jon Williams).

"Usage-Based Pricing and Demand for Residential Broadband" (with Aviv Nevo and Jon Williams), revision requested, Econometrica.

"The Value of Entry and Deterrence in the US Pharmaceutical Industry" (with Ruben Jacobo-Rubio and Jon Williams).

Other Completed Working Papers:

Patent Royalties When Imitation is Costly" (with Fernando Leiva), 2012.

"Patent Litigation and the Geography of Knowledge Flows" (with Thomas P. McGahee), 2010.

"Switching Costs and the Timing of Merger-Induced Price Increases," 2009.

"In Defense of the Patent Friendly Court Hypothesis: Theory and Evidence," 2005.

"All-Pay-All Auctions" (with Jacob Goeree), 2002.

"Bayh-Dole to Festo: The New Economics of Patent Law," 2002.

External Grants:

"A Comprehensive Data Set of Published US Patent Litigation Decisions: 1929-2006," National Science Foundation SES-0751661, 2008-2011.

"Evidence on Knowledge Diffusion from Litigated Patents" Kauffman Foundation, "A Roadmap for an Entrepreneurial Economy" , 2009.

"The Performance of the United States Patent System," The Coalition for Patent Fairness, 2011-13.

"Collaborative Research: An Empirical Study of Broadband Internet Service" (with Aviv Nevo and Jonathan Williams), National Science Foundation SES-1324717, 2013-16.

Economics Graduate Program

Useful information for PhD students

RA/TA Assignments Spring 2015

Protocol for Graduate Student Travel Expense Reimbursement

Classes Taught:

Econ 2106H - Principles of Microeconomics (Honors).

Econ 4010 - Intermediate Microeconomics.

Econ 4650 / 6650 - The Economics of Organization and Management.

Econ 7950 - Competitive Strategy (MBA)

Econ 8020 - Microeconomic Theory II (PhD)

Econ 8210 / 8220 - Industrial Organization (Ph.D).


The UGA Patent Litigation Datafile


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Athens, GA 30602-6254
Phone: 706-542-3682
Fax: 706-542-3376
Electronic Mail: jlturner at


I grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Westminster in 1991. I then attended Washington and Lee University and graduated in 1995. After college, I worked for two years for the National Enviromental Policy Institute (now defunct) in Washington, DC. I started graduate school in economics at the University of Virginia in 1997.

"Regarded in its essence, therefore, or according to the definition of its nature, virtue is a moderation or middle state,
but viewed in its relation to what is best and right it is the extreme of perfection. . . ."

-Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, 350 BC

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