Roger McCain

Roger McCain

Professor McCain, a native of Louisiana, received his PhD at Louisiana State University. His current research is focused on cooperative game theory and on the history of welfare economics. He is the author of eight books and more than 100 shorter pieces.

Areas of Expertise

  • Computational Economics
  • Game Theory

Selected Works


McCain, Roger, Worker and Community Cooperatives: A Multiple-Criterion Model. Advances in the Economics of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms (Year 2010):

McCain, Roger, Commitment and Weakness of Will in Game Theory and Neoclassical Economics. Journal of Socio-Economics 2009 (Jan 2009):

McCain, Roger, Cooperation and Effort, Reciprocity and Mutual Supervision in Worker Cooperatives. Advances in the Economics of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms (Feb 2007):

Lester, Bijou Y., and McCain, Roger, An Equity-Based Redefinition of Underemployment and Unemployment and Some Measurements. Review of Social Economy (Jun 2001):


McCain, Roger, Welfare Economics: An Interpretive History. Abington UK: Routledge, (2019):

McCain, Roger, Value Solutions in Cooperative Games. Singapore: World Scientific, (2013):

McCain, Roger, Game Theory: A Nontechnical Introduction to the Analysis of Strategy, revised edition. Singapore: World Scientific, (2010):

McCain, Roger, Game Theory and Public Policy. Cheltenham, UK: Elgar, (2009):

McCain, Roger, Agent-Based Computer Simulation of Dichotomous Economic Growth. (2000):

McCain, Roger, A Framework for Cognitive Economics. (1992):


McCain, Roger, “Introduction.” The Guild State, by G. R. Stirling Taylor, London: IHS Press, (2004):

McCain, Roger, “Rationality in Economics: Alternative Perspectives.” Defeasible Rationality, Ed. Kenneth Dennis. (1998):


McCain Roger Tatty, (Sep 2008):


BS Mathematics - Louisiana State University 1964
MS Economics - Louisiana State University 1966
PhD Economics - Louisiana State University 1971

Media Mentions

Struggling Phila. orchestra suffers from 'cost disease'

via (WHYY)

Roger McCain, PhD, a professor of economics, was quoted in an article on on May 16, discussing the impact of labor costs on the recent announcement of bankruptcy by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Biggest cost from SEPTA strike is time lost

via The Philadelphia Inquirer

Roger McCain, PhD, professor of economics, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the SEPTA strike’s cost to the region.

The biggest direct cost we all experience is time lost. McCain, who said it took him 25 minutes to drive down Market Street from 30th Street to 34th Street Wednesday morning, said time is the ultimate scarce resource. Scarcity is what economics is all about, McCain said.

College News

Roger McCain, Ph.D., professor of economics, wrote a book that will be released by World Scientific in 2013 titled Value Solutions in Cooperative Games.