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Chunrong Ai

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Primary Research Areas: Industrial Organization, Regulation, Econometrics

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Professor Ai received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. After serving on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Professor Ai joined the Florida faculty as an assistant professor in 1994. He was awarded tenure in 1998, and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2006. Professor Ai has also served as a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Ai conducts both theoretical and applied econometric research, and is widely published in the leading journals in econometrics. His applied research includes an examination of the effects of incentive regulation in the United States’ telecommunications industry, estimation of the demand for housing by elderly citizens, and an analysis of the impact of international students on economic growth.

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Sanford Berg

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Primary Research Area: Regulation

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Professor Berg is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Professor Berg served as Director of the Public Utility Research Center from 1980 to 2004. As Co-Director of the PURC/World Bank International Training Program on Utility Regulation and Strategy, he has trained thousands of regulators and managers from more than one-hundred fifty nations. He has written several books and more than one-hundred scholarly articles that address many issues, including regulatory incentives, service quality, and pricing. He has also helped develop the Body of Knowledge for Infrastructure Regulation, focusing on issues related to benchmark regulation in the water sector and infrastructure development in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Germán Bet

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Primary Research Area: Industrial Organization

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Germán Bet received his Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University in 2017. He joined Florida’s faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Professor Bet’s research focuses on issues related to industrial productivity and competition in the airline industry.

 

Roger Blair

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Primary Research Area: Antitrust

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Roger Blair received his Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 1968. He is now the Huber Hurst Professor of Business and Legal Studies. Professor Blair joined Florida’s faculty in 1970 following two years of military service. He has been a Visiting Scholar-in-Residence at Washington University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of California – Berkeley and at the University of Hawaii. Professor Blair’s research focuses on antitrust economics. He has more than 170 professional publications, including books entitled Law and Economics of Vertical Integration and Control, Antitrust Economics; Monopsony: Antitrust Law and Economics; The Economics of Franchising; and Intellectual Property: Legal and Economic Dimensions of Rights and Rewards. Professor Blair currently serves as the Economics Editor of The Antitrust Bulletin.

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Elias Dinopoulos

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Primary Research Area: International Trade

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Elias Dinopoulos received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University in 1985. Before joining the Florida faculty in 1988, Professor Dinopoulos served on the faculties of Michigan State University and Brown University. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary fund, and the Greek government. His recent research examines the causes and effects of trade policies, and the effects of new products and processes on national and global growth. Professor Dinopoulos has published widely in the international economics literature, and is one of two recipients of the 1994 bi-annual Schumpeter prize, which is awarded by the International Joseph Schumpeter Society and Wirtschafts Woche, the German business magazine. Professor Dinopoulos also serves as a co-editor in the Review of Development Economics and in the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Jonathan Hamilton

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Primary Research Areas: Industrial Organization, Tax Policy

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Jonathan Hamilton is the R. Perry Franksland Professor of Economics. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. Since coming to Florida in 1984, he has held visiting appointments at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), Duke University, the Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica (Barcelona, Spain), and the University of Virginia. Professor Hamilton’s research in public economics focuses on several dimensions of tax competition in federations, including the effects of different tax principles in cross-border transactions. Professor Hamilton previously served as editor of the Southern Economics Journal and an associate editor of Regional Science and Urban Economics.”

Gunnar Heins

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Primary Research Areas: Industrial Organization, International Trade and Development

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Gunnar Heins received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2016 and joined the Economics Department of the University of Florida in the same year. His research focuses on international economics, trade policy, and industrial organization. Dr. Heins’ current work studies the impact of globalization on inequality and the cost of living, how import competition affected recent U.S. elections, and the evolution of new markets. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on international economics, data analysis, and empirical analysis.

Mark Jamison

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Primary Research Area: Regulation

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Mark Jamison is the Director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) and its Director of Telecommunications Studies. Dr. Jamison is also a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and served on President-elect Trump’s transition team for the Federal Communications Commission. Before joining the PURC staff in 1996, Dr. Jamison was a manager at Sprint Communications and the Head of Research at the Iowa Utilities Board. Dr. Jamison is widely published in the areas of regulation, industrial organization, and telecommunications policy. His current research focuses on institutional change and technology.

 

Thomas Knight

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Primary Research Area: Antitrust

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Thomas Knight received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Florida in 2014. He has since served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair in the Department of Economics. Dr. Knight has also held visiting positions at the Federal Trade Commission and New College of Florida. He is an applied game theorist who specializes in antitrust inquiry. His current research focuses on the antitrust and social welfare implications of commodity bundling and the interactions between public and private enforcement of antitrust violations.

Scott Kostyshak

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Primary Research Areas: Development, Econometrics

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Scott Kostyshak received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2015, and joined the Department of Economics at the University of Florida that same year. His research focuses on improving the methods that applied economists employ to investigate a wide range of public policy issues, including how and why life satisfaction varies with age.

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Robert Lanzillotti

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Email (robert.lanzillotti at warrington.ufl.edu)
Primary Research Area: Antitrust

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Robert Lanzillotti received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1953, and now holds the Eminent Scholar Chair in American Economic Institutions, serves as the Director of the Public Policy Research Center, and is Dean Emeritus of the Warrington College of Business Administration. Before joining the Florida faculty in 1969, Professor Lanzillotti held various appointments at Michigan State University, the Brookings Institution, Cornell University, NATO, and the U.S. Price Commission (a Presidential appointment). Professor Lanzillotti has served as chairman of the economic advisory board to Governors Askew and Graham. He has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Attorney General on antitrust matters, and has testified frequently before U.S. Senate and House committees. Dr. Lanzillotti has served as a director of many financial institutions and industrial companies, as education advisor to the United Arab Emirates, and as a consultant to various financial institutions, the Attorney Generals of ten states, and major law firms.

 

Cecilia Peluffo

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Primary Research Areas: International Trade and Development, Labor Economics

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Cecilia Peluffo received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 2017, and joined the Florida faculty as an Assistant Professor of Economics that same year. Professor Peluffo’s research focuses on issues in labor economics and economic development, including migration, social safety nets, intra-household resource allocation, and economic growth.

 

Michelle Phillips

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Primary Research Areas: Education Policy, Regulation

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Michelle Phillips received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2012 and is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics. She has previously worked as an Economist at the Public Utility Research Center and served as a consultant to the World Bank. Her research focuses on public policy issues in the infrastructure and education sectors. Dr. Phillips’ research includes studies of benchmarking in the water sector, energy efficiency in the electricity sector, state government policies regarding textbook adoption in schools, and voting behavior in teachers’ unions. Dr. Phillips has helped to develop the Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation, focusing on the provision of infrastructure services in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

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Richard Romano

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Primary Research Area: Education Policy

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Richard Romano received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1982, and joined the Florida faculty that year. He was appointed Gerald L. Gunter Professor of Economics in 1997 and currently holds a University of Florida Research Foundation Professorship. He has also served as a Visiting Professor of Economics at Carnegie Mellon University and at the University of British Columbia. Professor Romano has published numerous articles on a variety of public policy issues, including government policy toward research and development, and antitrust policy. His current research is focused on education policy, including exploration of voucher and school-choice policies and alternative approaches to school finance. This research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. Professor Romano has served as a member of the American Economic Review‘s editorial board, and is currently on the editorial boards of the Volume of Public Economic Theory and Education Finance and Policy.

Hector Sandoval

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Primary Research Areas: Education Policy, Labor Economics

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Hector H. Sandoval received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. Professor Sandoval joined the University of Florida that year as the Director of Economic Analysis in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics. Before pursuing his Ph.D., Professor Sandoval worked for the Poverty Analysis Division of the National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (Coneval) in Mexico. He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Human Development Office, Mexico. Professor Sandoval conducts applied microeconomic research which focuses on social interactions, peer effect, and social networks.

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David Sappington

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Primary Research Areas: Industrial Organization, Regulation

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David Sappington received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1980. He presently serves as an Eminent Scholar in the Department of Economics. Before joining the Department in 1990, Professor Sappington served on the technical staff of Bell Communications Research and on the faculties of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. He has also served as the Chief Economist at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Professor Sappington’s research focuses on the design of public policy in regulated industries, including the energy and communications sectors. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Rand Journal of Economics, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

 

Perihan Saygin

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Primary Research Areas: Education Policy, Labor Economics

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Perihan Saygin received her Ph.D. in Economics from IMT Lucca Institute for Advanced Studies, Italy in 2012 after conducting extensive research as a visiting scholar in the Center for Labor Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Department of Economics at the University of Florida in 2016, Perihan worked in the Department of Economics at the University of Mannheim, Germany and served as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington D.C. Her empirical, policy-focused research includes investigations of international immigration, gender differences in college applications, and the impact of education and social networks on labor market outcomes, including career choices.

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Daniel Sokol

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Primary Research Areas: Antitrust, Industrial Organization

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Daniel Sokol is a Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He has edited a number of books on antitrust with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Stanford University Press. Professor Sokol has published many articles in law reviews, peer reviewed journals, and the popular press.  He is co-editor of both the Antitrust Economics Handbook and the Antitrust Compliance Handbook. He is also active in practitioner circles in the US and abroad. The Global Competition Review named Sokol its 2014 Antitrust Academic of the Year. Professor Sokol has taught at several other universities including Northwestern Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, Catholic University of Chile, University of Haifa, University of Tokyo, and the University of Melbourne. He also serves as an academic advisor to the US Chamber of Commerce for antitrust issues.