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      Fred Inaba
Faculty: Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Washington State University, Pullman

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  • Economics of Organizations and Transportation
        In my current research, I am focusing on various forms of cooperative relationships between firms. Specifically, I am investigating organizations, such as cooperatives and associations, and how they serve to strategically strengthen their members' position within product and input markets. Using game theory, contracting and organization theory, I develop theoretical models of organizational behavior and apply them to cooperative organizations in agriculture and transportation. I am working on a second research project on the international ocean liner shipping market. I am developing a theory of rate determination when shippers and carriers enter into contracts to negotiate rates. I am using a multilateral bargaining model in which the parties are allowed to switch bargaining partners as part of their outside options. This is a novel aspect of bargaining models and one that has not been researched in the literature. I am working on a third research project in collaboration with Mudzi Nziramasanga, Bill Hallagan, and Mahbob Morshed. With my lead, the four of us submitted a research proposal, "Conflict and Economic Development," to the International Christian University (ICU) Center of Excellence Program In Reasearch and Education for Peace, Security, and Conviviality. This project is part of a larger effort by Washington State University, being coordinated by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. We feel that our research project will make a major contribution to the total research effort being coordinated by the Foley Institute. The four member research team from the Economics Department is starting to work on a paper for the ICU Peace Project Conference, to be held in Pullman next fall.
  • Ph.D., Economics, U.C. Berkeley, 1974
Professional Memberships:

  • American Economic Association
  • Econometric Society
Publications: Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 1973-1977

  • Economics Club, Faculty advisor
  • Distinguished Professor , Washington State University Mortar Board , 1996

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