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.
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
of Franchising [amazon.com]
(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.
I am on sabbatical for the 2012/2013 academic year,
spending the Fall visiting at the
Stanford Graduate School of Business,
and the Winter and Spring semesters at the
MIT Sloan School of Management.
Winter 2013, I will be teaching
BE591 in the
in Osaka, Japan
the Economics for Entrepreneurs course
in the new Master of Entrepreneurship program.