Monetary theory, financial economics, welfare economics, game theory
Ronald A. Heiner, professor of economics, received his PhD from UCLA in 1975, after which he joined the economics department at Brigham Young University. During the following period up to 1988, he had visiting professorships at UCLA, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and the Russell Sage Foundation. He moved to George Mason University in 1989. He has received the Elliot Jones Award from the Western Economic Association in 1974 and the Karl G. Maeser Research Award from Brigham Young University in 1988. His research has focused on formal decision theory; with numerous publications in the main economics journals. These include papers on the Theory of the Firm, Consumer Theory, Collective Choice Theory; and on the Theory of Imperfect Invoice and Rule Governed Behavior. More recently, he was sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation as a visiting research professor at the Universität des Saarlands, in Saarbrucken, Germany, during May-June 1994; resulting in new research in game theory on the prisoner's dilemma and cooperation vs conflict analysis.