William Davidson Professor,
and Public Policy
I am the William Davidson Professor of
Business Economics and Public Policy
at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
I am also
Professor of Economics (courtesy) at the
University of Michigan's
Department of Economics.
You can find out more about me, including my contact information,
on my faculty profile page.
Starting in Nov. 2014, I am on leave from the University of Michigan to serve as
Director of the
FTC's Bureau of Economics.
I study Industrial Organization,
Vertical Relationships, Contracting and Franchising, and Entrepreneurship. My
research is mostly concerned with the application of advances in contract theory
and vertical relationships to the analysis of franchising arrangements.
I also study
the effect of contracting practices on firm performance, as well as
issues surrounding business creation and survival in retail and small-scale
service industries more generally.
My book, The Economics
(with Roger D. Blair)
by Cambridge University Press in 2005.
A new paperback edition is now available from Amazon.com.
This book is currently being translated to Chinese. I also edited Franchise Contracting and
Edward Elgar Publishing.
Here is my vita in PDF format.
In Fall 2014, I am teaching the core Applied Microeconomics course in the MBA program.
I am also co-teaching, with
the Business Economics for the Entrepreneur course
in the Master of Entrepreneurship program.