Kathryn GRADDY

Professor - Brandeis University

Kathryn Graddy’s research focuses on the economics of art and culture and more generally, industrial organization.   She has published extensively in the field of the economics of the arts, with papers in top international journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Rand Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Economic History, among others.  She has written policy papers on Artist Resale Rights for the UK Patent Office, and she is currently an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cultural Economics. She has also written a series of papers on the Fulton fish market, with publications in the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Policy, and the Rand, among others.

Kathryn Graddy is the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor of Economics at Brandeis University.  She came to Brandeis in 2007 from Oxford University, where she was a Fellow of Exeter College and Professor of Applied Economics.   Prior to Oxford, she was Assistant Professor of Economics at the London Business School and a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.  She received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University, her MBA from Columbia University, and her BS and BA in Mathematics and Russian from Tulane University.   She is currently Director of the PhD Program in International Economics and Finance at Brandeis.



  • “Taste Endures! The Rankings of Roger de Piles (†1709) and Three Centuries of Art Prices”,  Journal of Economic History, September 2013, 73:765-790.
  • “The Impact of the Droit de Suite in the UK:  An Empirical Analysis” Journal of Cultural Economics, 2011, 35:81-100 (with Chanont Banterghansa), winner of the Pommerehne Prize for Best Paper
  • “Anchoring Effects:  Evidence from Art Auctions,”  American Economic Review, 2009, 99(3), 1027-1039 (with A. Beggs).
  • “Auctions and the Price of Art,” Journal of Economic Literature, 2003, 41, 763-788 (with O. Ashenfelter)
  • “Declining Values and the Afternoon Effect: Evidence from Art Auctions,” Rand Journal of Economics, 1997, 23, 544-565 (with A. Beggs)



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