Alejandro Zentner

Associate Professor - Management
Tags: Financial & Managerial Economics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Economics
University of Chicago - 2005
M.A. - Economics
University of Chicago - 2001
M.A. - Economics
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina - 1999
B.A. - Economics
Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina - 1997


Online Sales, Internet Use, File Sharing, and the Decline of Retail Music Specialty Stores. Information Economics and Policy. 2007 2007 - Publication
Measuring the Effect of Music Downloads on Music Purchases. The Journal of Law and Economics. (2006): 63-90. 2006 - Publication
File Sharing and International Sales of Copyrighted Music: An Empirtical Analysis with a Panel of Countries. Berkeley Electronics, Topics in Economic Analysis and Policy. 5.1. (2005): Reprinted in the Special Collection on Law and Economics, May 2007. 2005 - Publication


Research Assistant/ Teaching Assistant
University of Chicago [2002–2004]
Teaching Assistant
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella [1998–1999]
Ministry of Economy of Argentina
Advisor to the Secretary of Political Economy [1997–2000]
Instituto Argentino de Ejecutivos de Finanzas
Research Department [1996–1997]

Additional Information


American Economic Review, Berkeley Electronic, CESifo Economic Studies, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Joumal of Political Economy, Management Science
UTD Managerial Economics Recruiting Committee, 2005-2006
Outside Chair: Renee Steiner, PhD in Software Engineering, 2006
School of Management Facilities Committee.


In my main line of research I have studied the effects of file sharing on industries producing digital goods, including music, movies, and software. During the last few years I have presented my work on file sharing and intellectual property rights at several conferences and universities. I have been able to published two articles on this topic, and another article is being considered for publication. My work on this area has been widely cited by other scholars. This research is important because file sharing may eventually undermine intellectual property rights for digital goods and result in diminished artistic creations or fewer innovations.

I am also working on other research areas. In collaboration with Professor Stan Liebowitz, I am studying whether internet use reduces television watching. In collaboration with Professor Octavian Carare, I am studying whether new television shows steal viewers fromother television stations, or whether they increase the aggregate number of viewers. In collaboration with Joaquin Zentner, I am studying whether the entry of new theaters steals customers from incumbent theaters or whether it increases aggregate movie attendance.

At UTD I have taught eight courses — including the courses I am teaching the current semester - having had a total of 326 students. All of my courses have been at the graduate level. I have taught several sections of Business Economics (MECO 6303) which is a course designed for MBA and master students, Business Forecasting and Time Series Analysis (MECO 6312) which is also a course designed for MBA and master students, and Econometrics which is a course designed for PhD students.

I have provided service to the profession by acting as a referee for several of the top joumals in Economics, such as the American Economic Review, Berkeley Electronic, CESifo Economic Studies, Information Economics and Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Political Economy, and Management Science. I have provided service to the School of Management by being part of the faculty recruiting committee in 2005-2006, and by being a member of the Facilities Committee. I have provided service to the University by acting as an Outside Chair.

News Articles

Economists Say Internet TV Means More Options, Not Viewing Time
The option of watching television online will not influence the amount of time a person spends viewing TV, but it does make the experience more pleasurable, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Dallas. 

“Some media reports predict that because people now have access to watch anything they want, anytime they want, they will spend more time watching TV,” said Dr. Stan Liebowitz, a managerial economics professor in the Naveen Jindal School of Management and one of the study’s authors.