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Ruben Juarez is a Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics in the University of Hawaii. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) and the Director at the Data Coordination and Evaluation Unit at the Pacific Alliance Against COVID-19.


His main research interests include microeconomics, game theory, and network economics, especially in the design of mechanisms and institutions for the efficient, incentive compatible and fair allocation of costs and resources in the presence of network effects.



University of Rochester
Rochester, NY, October 14-17, 2019 
Colegio de Mexico
Mexico City, Mexico, November 29, 2019 
Montreal, QC, Oct 4, 2019
University of Ottawa 
Ottawa, ON, Sept 29-Oct 13, 2019

Truthful Intermediation with Monetary Punishments 

We introduce the set of incentive compatible mechanisms when a monetary punishment to intermediaries who misreport their ability to transmit a resource is possible. This class depends on the punishment function and the probability of punishment. It expands the class of incentive compatible mechanisms when punishment was no available.

Profit-Sharing and Efficient Time Allocation

We study mechanisms for the division of profits in companies and joint business ventures that incentivize employees to contribute their time efficiently. The class of efficient mechanisms depends on the type of available projects in the company and their interconnectedness. It expands earlier profit/cost-sharing mechanisms that are independent of profit generation.

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Mauli Ola Social Network Study

Community-based organizations have direct and indirect impacts in communities, from health, economics, and the environment. We are measuring these impacts using new health, social and economic network approaches. We outline some of the preliminary results in the video. More to come...


Mobile Money Networks with Tax-Incentives

We study the recent development of a Mobile Money in Ecuador using a unique data set from all MM transactions in the country over the life of the project. We show how agents behave over time and how they react when given tax-incentives for the use of non-cash transactions. These findings offer important lessons that would be valuable to other governments and policymakers considering MM.


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Changing Habits Yields Health Benefits At MA’O Farms In Waianae (7/19)

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60% improvement in Type 2 Diabetes risk shown in preliminary results from Waianae-based study (2/19)


University of Hawaii study of Ma’o Farms shows interns reaping health benefits (2/19)


Can ‘aina-based educational programs improve a person’s health and well-being? (page 9) (2/19)

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UH Studies How People’s Connections With Land Affect Their Health (3/18)