Dr Barton LeeBack to People

Subjects: Economics
Department: Economics
Academic position: Fellow by Examination


Barton is a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. In 2021, he obtained a PhD in Economics from The University of New South Wales (UNSW). During his PhD, he was a visiting fellow and non-degree graduate student at Harvard University. He has an undergraduate degree (with Honours) in Economics and Pure Mathematics from UNSW.  He is affiliated with the Resilient Democracy Lab.


Barton is a political economist. His research attempts to understand the world of politics. He is particularly interested in the role that informal processes and institutions play in determining political behavior, outcomes, and policy. His research takes an applied theory approach: building and applying game-theoretic models to political settings and, in some instances, including empirical analysis.  Barton has written papers on a variety of topics ranging from issues of electoral accountability, legislative bargaining, the design of voting systems, and the rise and fall of illiberal democracies.

Barton’s research has been published in various journals, including The Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Games and Economic Behavior; and Social Choice and Welfare. In addition, Barton engages in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Political Economics and Computer Science, publishing in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence venues such as AAAI, WINE, AAMAS, and AIES.

Selected Publications

1. “Political capital” (with Gabriele Gratton and Richard Holden), Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization [forthcoming]

2. “The capacity constrained facility location problem” (with H. Aziz, H. Chan, and D. C. Parkes), Games and Economic Behavior, 124, 2020, pp. 478–490.

3. “The expanding approvals rule: Improving proportional representation and monotonicity” (with H. Aziz), Social Choice and Welfare, 54(1), 2020, pp. 1–45.