Lucas Rentschler

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.  

My current research can be roughly divided into three categories. In the first, I study auctions and contests from both a theoretical and experimental perspective. I focus on the implications of asymmetric information, endogenous entry, and valuation structure. In the second, I try to understand the implications of the incentives faced by legal actors. I am particularly interested in prosecutorial incentives and the plea bargaining process.  In the third, I study informal institutions. My work thus far has largely focused on cultural differences in social norms.


  • Ph.D. 2010

    Ph.D. in Economics

    Texas A&M University

  • B.S. 2004

    B.S. in Quantitative Economics and English

    Weber State University


  • Present7/2017

    Assistant Professor

    Utah State University

  • 5/20171/2017

    Research Professor

    Chapman University

  • 20162010

    Professor of Economics

    Universidad Francisco Marroquín

  • Present2013

    Senior Research Fellow

    Centro Vernon Smith de Economía Experimental

  • 20132010

    Research Fellow

    Centro Vernon Smith de Economía Experimental