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Our faculty comprises applied microeconomists whose areas of expertise span a range of fields. Our primary concern is the study of markets and firm behavior, with a strong commitment to the study of relevant public policies. Our Group has evolved to include experts in the areas of antitrust, contracting, environmental economics and regulation, health, labor, law and economics, organizational economics, productivity, taxation, and transition and developing economies.


Thomas Buchmueller was elected as a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.  See full press release.

Maggie Levenstein testified on the economics of cartels at a hearing of the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Martin Zimmerman was appointed to a National Academy of Science panel that is to advise the Department of Transportation (NHTSA) and EPA on technologies for improving the fuel economy of medium and heavy-duty trucks.  This is a second phase of a study that was done in 2010 at the request of Congress to provide input on the setting of standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks.

In March, Professor Francine Lafontaine was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Rennes in France.


The BEPP department chair is:
Thomas Buchmueller

The BEPP administrative assistant is:
Cheryl Strickland

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