Daniel Arce

UT System Regents' Outstanding Teacher
Ashbel Smith Professor of Economics
Program Head of Economics
Tags: Economics

Professional Preparation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 1992
Universidad de los Andes - 1986
M.A. - Economics
Western Michigan University - 1985
B.A - Mathematics and Spanish
Olivet College - 1984
- Foreign Study
Centro de Estudios Univeristarios Colombo-Americano - 1983

Research Areas

Research Interests
Daniel Arce is an applied game theorist whose research interests include business ethics, collective action, conflict, counterterrorism, global public goods and terrorism. He has also extensively studied Latin American economies.


Motivating Operatives for Suicide Missions and Conventional Terrorist Attacks, with Kevin Siqueira, Journal of Theoretical Politics. forthcoming - Publication
Principals Preferences for Agents with Social Preferences, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90(June) 154-163. 2013 - Publication
Principals Preferences for Agents with Social Preferences, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 90(June) 154-163. 2013 - Publication
Counterterrorism and its Impact on Terror Support and Recruitment: Accounting for  Backlash, with Joao Faria, Defence & Peace Economics, 23(5) 431-445. 2012 - Publication
Weakest-Link Attacker-Defender Games with Multiple Attack Technologies, with Dan Kovenock and Brian Roberson, Naval Research Logistics, 59(6) 457-469. 2012 - Publication
A Vintage Model of Terrorism Organizations, with Joao Faria, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 56(4) 626-647. 2012 - Publication
An Evaluation of INTERPOL's Cooperative-Based Counterterrorism Linkages, with  Walter Enders and Todd Sandler, Journal of Law and Economics 54(1) 789-110. 2011 - Publication
Counterterrorism Strategies in the Lab, with S. Bakshi, R. Croson, C. Eckel, E. Fatas,  M. Kass, Public Choice 149(3-4) 465-478. 2011 - Publication
Putting Agency and Integrity to the Test, Southern Economic Journal 77(4) 843-855.  2011 - Publication
Profits, Layoffs and Priorities, with Sherry Xin Li, Journal of Business Ethics 101(1)  49-60. 2011 - Publication


Associate Editor
Southern Economic Journal [2006–Present]
Editorial Board
Defence and Peace Economics [2006–Present]
EMBA Faculty
A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University [2003–Present]
Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change (IDGEC) [2003–2005]
Thomas Fellow of Teaching Excellence
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa [2000–2000]
Robert D. McCallum Distinguished Professor
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN [2000–Present]
Invited Professor
Universidad de San Andres, Buenos Aires, Argentina [1998–1998]
Associate Professor
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa [1997–2000]
Visiting Professor
Pontificia Universidad Catolica [1995–1995]
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa [1991–1997]

Additional Information

  • Terrorist Spectaculars: Backlash Attacks and the Focus of Intelligence, United States Department of Homeland Security through the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California, grant number 2007-ST-061-00001 (with Todd Sandler).
  • Mellon Foundation grant for a liberal arts economics conference, 2005.
  • Inter-American Development Bank: Regional Public Goods in Latin America, May-August 2002.
  • Swedish Foreign Ministry (Expert Group on Development Issues): Regional Public Goods, April-October 2001 (with Todd Sandler).
  • National Institutes of Health: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Global Public Goods for Health, February- April 2001 (with Todd Sandler).
  • Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade: Building NAFTA: Strategies for Economic Growth, 1995-1996.
  • Fulbright Grant, South America Today to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay during Summer 1993.
  • Research Grant, College of Commerce and Business Administration, University of Alabama, Summer 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999.
  • Research Grant, University of Alabama, Summer 1994, 1996.
  • Student Fulbright Grant to study and conduct economic research in Bogotá, Colombia. July 1985 - July 1986.
Personal Statement

Dr. Daniel G. Arce M. is a faculty member in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (previously, Social Sciences) at UT-Dallas and Professor and Program Head of Economics. He teaches courses on the application of game and economic theory to issues related to management decision making, collective action and business ethics. His primary areas of research interest are in game theory, business ethics, collective action, conflict, corporate governance, global public goods, leadership, and (counter)terrorism. He is the editor of Defence & Peace Economics and a member of the editorial board of The Southern Economic Journal. Prior to joining the faculty at UTD in 2007 he was the McCallum Distinguished Professor of Economics at Rhodes College (2000-07) and Professor and Thomas Fellow of Teaching Excellence at the University of Alabama (1991-2000). Professor Arce has won two Fulbright Grants to Latin America and his teaching and research have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Economist .

Professional Memberships
  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, Econometric Society
  • Member, National Association of Business Economists
  • Member, Southern Economic Association

News Articles

Professor Lauded for Making Classroom Experience Feel Personal
UT Dallas professor Dr. Daniel Arce is known for his high standards and high-caliber teaching in some of the program’s largest classes. Dr. Denis Dean, dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, said the logistics of big classes often are tough for teachers, but Arce excels in the situation. “His students learn the subjects; their performance in subsequent classes proves that,” Dean said. “And despite the fact that he holds their feet to the fire and holds them to high standards, his students enjoy his classes – the teaching evaluations prove that. Not many faculty members could pull off that combination of results.”
Longtime UT Dallas Professor Named Head of Economics Program
The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) has appointed Dr. Daniel Arce to be head of the economics program, succeeding Dr. James Murdoch.

Arce is a professor of economics and has been a UT Dallas faculty member for seven years.
Dr. Denis Dean, dean of EPPS, said Arce will continue the economic program's trend of excellent leadership.
“He works well with students, faculty and staff, and has the vision necessary to keep the program on track and moving forward,” Dean said. “Dann will contribute not only to the economics program, but to the whole school as well.“
Study Doesn't Connect WikiLeaks List to Any Terrorist Attacks
The WikiLeaks organization was criticized for providing a target list for terrorists when it published a secret memo in 2010 with 200 international sites that the U.S. Department of State considered critical to national security.

Was there any truth to that claim?

Dr. Daniel G. Arce, Ashbel Smith Professor and program head of economics in the UT Dallas School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, wanted to find out. In a new study published in the International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, he found no evidence that the leak led to any attacks.
Study Provides Fuller Picture of the Human Cost from Terrorist Attacks
Terrorist attacks injure far more people than they kill, leaving victims with lost limbs, hearing loss, respiratory disease, depression and other issues. But little research has measured the impact of that damage beyond the number of people who are hurt.
New research from The University of Texas at Dallas provides a more complete picture of the suffering caused by terrorist attacks. The study, published in the journal Public Choice, estimates the number of years of healthy life — years free of the injuries or disabilities caused by terrorist attacks — that victims lost due to injuries.
The study was led by Dr. Daniel G. Arce, Ashbel Smith Professor and program head of economics in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.