Fields of Research Interest:
   ○ Industrial Organization
   ○ Applied Microeconomics
   ○ Antitrust & Competition Policy

   ○ Public Economics


   ○ Ph.D. Empirical IO

   ○ Competitive Strategy

   ○ Government and Business

   ○ Regulation and Antitrust 

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Contact Information:

University of Florida

Department of Economics

224 Matherly Hall

P.O. Box 117140 

Gainesville, FL 32611-7140

Office: 329 Matherly Hall

E-mail: jdonna at

Phone:  352.392.0117

Fax:    352.392.7860

University website:

Journal Publications:

Last update: September 7, 2023.

1. Direct Sales and Bargaining(with P. Pereira, Y. Pu, A. Trindade, R. C. Yoshida). 

RAND Journal of Economics, 2023, forthcoming, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3779962

Available at SSRN:

Presentations: Federal Trade Commission Seminar Series, IIOC 2021, NBER SI 2021 Industrial Organization, RedNIE.

2. “Rivals’ Exit and Vertical Merger Evaluation” (with P. Pereira). 

Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 2023, 19(2): 220–249, DOI: 10.1093/joclec/nhad002.

Available at SSRN:

Article at JCLE:

3. (Lack of) Competition, Coordination, and Information Sharing in the Pork Industry:

United States, 2009-2020 (with A. Walsh). 

Antitrust Bulletin, 2023, 68(1): 117–136, DOI: 10.1177/0003603X221149367.

Available at SSRN:

4. Gender Differences within the Firm: Evidence from Two Million Business Travelers (with G. Veramendi). 

Journal of Human Resources, 2022, 57(6): 1915-1945, DOI: 10.3368/jhr.58.2.0818-9664R2.

Available at SSRN:

5. Measuring the Welfare of Intermediaries (with P. Pereira, T. Pires, and A. Trindade). 

Management Science, 2022, 68(11): 8083-8115, DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.2021.4266

Available at SSRN:

Additional Material: Online Appendix

Award: Awarded Best Paper in the "Market Competition" by Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos, Portuguese Ministry of Economics, May 2018.

Presentations: 2017 Triangle Microeconomics Conference in Honor to Tiago Pires, IIOC, SED, and Barcelona GSE Summer Forum: Consumer Search and Switching Costs, among others.

6. “The Economic Rationale of United States v. Google (with G. Bet and R. Blair).

Antitrust Bulletin, 2022, 67(1): 23-39, DOI: 10.1177/0003603X211067116

Available at SSRN:

7. Measuring long-run gasoline price elasticities in urban travel demand 

RAND Journal of Economics, 2021(4), 52: 945-994, DOI: 10.1111/1756-2171.12397

Available at SSRN:

Additional Material: Online Appendix

Presentations: IIOC; Consumer Search and Switching Costs Workshop (UCLA Anderson School of Management, Marketing Department); Barcelona GSE Summer Forum – Applied Industrial Organization; Stanford Institute for Theoretical Economics (SITE) – Session 3: Empirical Implementation Models of Strategic Interaction and Dynamic Behavior Workshop.

8. Water theft as social insurance: south-eastern Spain, 1851-1948 (with J. Espin-Sanchez).

Economic History Review, 2021(3), 74: 721-753, DOI: 10.1111/ehr.13047

Available at SSRN:

9. Networks, frictions, and price dispersion (with P. Schenone and G. Veramendi).

Games and Economic Behavior, 2020, 124: 406–431, DOI: 10.1016/j.geb.2020.09.002

Available at SSRN:

Presentations: 2017 NBER Summer Institute.

Additional Material: Online Appendix   

10. Complements and substitutes in sequential auctions: the case of water auctions" (with J. Espin-Sanchez). 

RAND Journal of Economics, 2018, 49(1): 87–127, DOI: 10.1111/1756-2171.12221

Available at SSRN:

Additional Material: Paper at Rand   Online Appendix   Interviews.

Awards: Best Paper Award at EARIE (2012) and JEI (2012).

11. Frictions in internet auctions with many traders: A counterexample (with P. Schenone and G. Veramendi). 

Economics Letters, 2016, 138: 81-84, DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.11.033

Available at SSRN:

12. Crime and beliefs: Evidence from Latin America (with R. Di Tella and R. MacCulloch). 

Economics Letters, 2008, 99(3): 566–569, DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2007.10.002

Available at SSRN:

Book Chapter:

13. Oil, Macroeconomic Volatility, and Crime in the Determination of Beliefs in Venezuela (with R. Di Tella and R. MacCulloch), in Venezuela Before Chávez: Anatomy of an Economic Collapse, edited by Ricardo Hausmann and Francisco Rodríguez, ISBN: 9780271056319

Penn State University Press, 2014, chapter 13, pp. 407-424, DOI: 10.5325/j.ctv14gp2r6.17

Available at SSRN:

Additional Material | Book:

Working Papers:

14. The Illiquidity of Water Markets (with J. Espin-Sanchez). 

Revise and resubmit at Review of Economic Studies,

Available at SSRN:

Additional Material: Online Appendix    Note with Additional Results   Interviews

Award: Awarded the Public Utility Research Prize for the Best Paper in Regulatory Economics at the IIOC, April 2016. 

Media coverage: Summarized in Europe Now (PDF) special double issue on Water,  Global Water Forum, VOX EU, and News and Updates.

Presentations: 2016 NBER Summer Institute Industrial Organization, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum Applied Industrial Organization, Empirical Microeconomics Workshop, among others. 

15. Redistributive Politics under Ambiguity.

Revise and resubmit at Social Choice and Welfare.

16. “Mergers of Complementary-Good Producers: Neither Horizontal nor Vertical,”

(with B. Alderman and R. Blair). Submitted. 

Research in Progress:

17. "Anticompetitive Presumptions for Vertical Arrangements in the 2023 Merger Guidelines,"

(with P. Pereira). In preparation for a Special Issue about the 2023 Merger Guidelines.

18. “Exit-Inducing Vertical Mergers,”
(with P. Pereira and Y. Pu).

19. “Store Opening Hours and Consumer Behavior,”

(with M. Hinnosaar, T. Hinnosaar, and A. Trindade).

20. “Simultaneous Search, Firm Concentration, and Market Power in Labor Markets,” 

(with N. Sapargali, R. Vejlin, and G. Veramendi).

21. “Quantifying the Welfare Effects in Networked Markets,”

(with J. Boehnke, D. Masterov, and G. Veramendi).

22. “Consideration Sets and Price Dispersion: Evidence from eBay,”

(with J. Boehnke, D. Masterov, and G. Veramendi).

23. “Quantity Discounts, Price Discrimination, and Incentive Compatibility Constraints,” 

(with T. Pires).

Op-Ed, General-Press Publications, and Comments:

24. “Rivals’ Exit Should Be Incorporated into the Guidelines for Vertical Merger Evaluation,(with P. Pereira).

ProMarket, Stigler Center, University of Chicago, May 2023.

25. “La salida de rivales debe incorporarse en la evaluación de fusiones verticales,(with P. Pereira).

Nada es Gratis, Mayo 2023. (In Spanish.)

26. “Female business travelers pay less than their male colleagues because they tend to book earlier.

The Gainesville Sun, March, 2022.

27. “Intercambio de información y colusión.

Nada es Gratis, Abril 2023. (In Spanish.)

28. Female business travelers pay less than their male colleagues because they tend to book earlier.

The Conversation, February 17, 2022.

○ Featured in: Government Executive,, The North Platte Telegraph, Houston Chronicle, New Haven Register, Beaumont Enterprise, The Telegraph, The Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, among others. 

Over 50,000 readers according to The Conversation's analytics.

29. “Impuesto a la gasolina, elasticidades de largo plazo, y consecuencias distributivas.

Nada es Gratis, Enero 2022. (In Spanish.)

30. “Diferencias de genero dentro de la empresa, (with G. Veramendi).

Nada es Gratis, Septiembre 2021. (In Spanish.)


31. “Robo de agua como seguro social, (with J. Espin-Sanchez).

Nada es Gratis, Junio 2021. (In Spanish.)

32. “Water Theft As Social Insurance: Southeastern Spain, 1851-1948, (with J. Espin-Sanchez). 

The Long Run -- The Economic History Society, Feb 2021.

33. “Are Water Markets Liquid? Evidence from Southeastern Spain, (with J. Espin-Sanchez).

Europe Now, Issue 23, Special Issue on Water, December, 2018. 

34. “Women Book Business Travel Earlier, Saving Companies Millions, (with C. Ciobanu, G. Lungu, and G. Veramendi).

Harvard Business Review, April 2016

○ Featured in The Economist, Fortune, Yahoo! Finance, News and Updates, Slate, Business Travel News, CWT Solutions Group, OnCampus, El Economista, Daily Mail, among others. 

35. “The Illiquidity of Water Markets, (with J. Espin-Sanchez).

Vox EU, Centre for Economic Policy Research, May 2014. 

36.  “The Illiquidity of Water Markets, (with J. Espin-Sanchez).

The Global Water Forum, UNESCO Chair in Water Economics, Sep 2014.