University of Western Ontario David A. Rivers

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
University of Western Ontario

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Fields of Interest: Industrial Organization, Productivity, Economics of Crime, Applied Econometrics, Applied Microeconomics


Contact Information

Office #: 4024 Social Science Centre
London, ON N6A 5C2 Canada
Office Phone: (519) 661-2111 ext. 80446
drivers2 (at)


Working Papers

NEW! “The ABCs of Firm Heterogeneity: The Effects of Demand and Cost Differences on Exporting,” working paper (with with Bernardo S. Blum, Sebastian Claro, and Ignatius Horstmann).

“How Heterogeneous is Productivity? A Comparison of Gross Output and Value Added,” working paper (with Amit Gandhi and Salvador Navarro).

“Criminal Discount Factors and Deterrence,” working paper (with Giovanni Mastrobuoni).
        Featured by The Economist, March 29, 2016.
        Featured by Indian Newslink, July 12, 2017.

“Are Exporters More Productive than Non-Exporters?” working paper.

Published Papers

“On the Identification of Gross Output Production Functions,” conditionally accepted by the Journal of Political Economy, (with Amit Gandhi and Salvador Navarro).

        This Version May 2017 / First Version: May 2006

        A previous version of the paper: “Identifying Production Functions Using Restrictions from Economic Theory”

“Optimizing Criminal Behavior and the Disutility of Prison,” forthcoming, The Economic Journal (with Giovanni Mastrobuoni).
        Featured by Marginal Revolution, May 29, 2017.
        Featured by Quartz, June 1, 2017.

“Separating State Dependence, Experience, and Heterogeneity in a Model of Youth Crime and Education,” Economics of Education Review, 54, 2016 (with Maria Antonella Mancino and Salvador Navarro).

“Model Uncertainty and the Effect of Shall-Issue Right-to-Carry Laws on Crime,” European Economic Review, 81, 2016 (with Steven N. Durlauf and Salvador Navarro).

“Understanding Aggregate Crime Regressions,” Journal of Econometrics, 158(2), 2010 (with Steven N. Durlauf and Salvador Navarro).

“On the Interpretation of Aggregate Crime Regressions,” in R. Rosenfeld and A. S. Goldberger (eds.), Understanding Crime Trends, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C. (with Steven N. Durlauf and Salvador Navarro).

Work in Progress

“Nonparametric Identification and Estimation of the Bias of Technological Change” working paper (with Salvador Navarro).

“Ex-Post Merger Analysis Using Production Data” working paper (with Bernardo S. Blum, Sebastian Claro, and Ignatius Horstmann).

“Job Referrals and Skills” working paper (with Benjamin Lester and Giorgio Topa).