Carl Shapiro

Carl Shapiro

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics: U.S. Department of Justice

Carl Shapiro is the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy at the Haas School of Business, and Professor of Economics in the Economics Department, at the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at M.I.T. in 1981, taught at Princeton University during the 1980s, and has been on the Berkeley faculty since 1990. From 1998 to 2008, Shapiro served as Director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research at UC Berkeley. He has been Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other honors.

Professor Shapiro is currently on leave, serving as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervises more than fifty Ph.D. economists in the Antitrust Division’s Economic Analysis Group (EAG). EAG is widely recognized as one of the most experienced and sophisticated organizations in the world in the application of economics to competition policy. Shapiro had the honor of serving previously as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics in the Antitrust Division, during 1995-1996. He is hopeful that experience will prove valuable during his current tour of duty. Shapiro has consulted extensively for a wide range of private clients as well as for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission and the OECD.

Shapiro has published extensively in the areas of industrial organization, competition policy, patents, the economics of innovation, and competitive strategy. His current research interests include antitrust economics, intellectual property and licensing, patent policy, product standards and compatibility, and the economics of networks and interconnection. Shapiro is the co-author, with Hal R. Varian, of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, published by the Harvard Business School Press. Information Rules has received critical acclaim for its application of economic principles to the Information Economy and has been widely read by managers and adopted for classroom use.


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