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Business Economics and Public Policy

The Business Economics and Public Policy Group at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan focuses on the economic foundations of business decisions, and how they impact public policy in both developed and transitional economies.


The Business Economics and Public Policy Group is composed of applied economists whose areas of expertise span the fields of industrial organization, transitional economies and public finance. The Groupís primary concern is the study of markets and firm behavior, with a strong commitment to the study of relevant public policies. Thus, the faculty has evolved to include experts in antitrust, contracting, corporate governance, franchising, law and economics, taxation and transition and developing economies.


The Group offers core courses in the BBA and MBA programs, where the emphasis is on the principles of microeconomic analysis and how to apply these principles to business decision-making and public policy evaluation. We also offer a broad selection of electives at all levels that are specifically relevant to future entrepreneurs and managers.


Faculty research interests are carried out, in part, through affiliations with several research centers at the University of Michigan:

The Office of Tax Policy Research has two main purposes: to encourage and facilitate joint research on the tax system by economists, accountants and other scholars; and to serve as a liaison on tax issues among the academic, business and policy-making tax communities.

The Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise is a partnership with the School of Natural Resources & Environment, which explores how organizations can achieve long-term success through the harmonization of economic, environmental and social interests. The instituteís world-class MBA/MS Program is an integrated three-year experience in which students earn two Masters degrees.

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