Samson Alva, Ph.D.

Department Chair of Economics
Associate Professor of Economics


  • Ph.D. Boston College
  • M.A. Boston College
  • B.S. Mercer University


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Samson Alva joined the Department of Economics at UTSA in 2013. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College and undergraduate degrees in physics, mathematics and economics from Mercer University.

Dr. Alva’s primary area of research is market and mechanism design, particularly focusing on matching problems and on the allocation of indivisible goods. His other research areas include industrial organization and political economy.

Dr. Alva teaches graduate and undergraduate microeconomics, as well as a course in game theory and strategy.

Research Interests

  • Market design
  • Matching theory
  • Industrial organization
  • Applied game theory

Selected Publications

  • “Strategy-proof Pareto-improvement,” with Vikram Manjunath, Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 181, 2019, p. 121-142.
  • “WARP and Combinatorial Choice,” Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 173, 2018, p. 320-333.