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Francine Lafontaine

Francine Lafontaine

William Davidson Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Professor of Economics, LSA



Ph.D., University Of British Columbia

Francine Lafontaine’s areas of interest are in the field of Industrial Organization, with a special focus on Vertical Relationships, Contracting and Franchising, and Entrepreneurship. Her research is mostly concerned with the application of advances in contract theory to the analysis of franchising arrangements and other arrangements between firms in the vertical chain. She also considers 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.


Francine Lafontaine
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Office Location: R6390

Phone: (734) 647-4915
Fax: (734) 936-8715
E-Mail: laf@umich.edu
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