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Katz Named Top Antitrust Economist

Michael Katz, the Edward J. and Mollie Arnold Professor of Business Administration, took leave of Haas in fall of 2001 to join the Department of Justice. Katz will be the deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. Katz will supervise all economic analysis within the Antitrust Division and direct the division's Economic Analysis Group.

"Like the stereotypical economist, I look at Michael's appointment from two perspectives," says Ben Hermalin, interim dean. "On the one hand, I can't think of a Haas faculty member who'd be harder to lose for a year or two than Michael. On the other hand, I can't think of an economist I'd trust more to advise the nation on antitrust matters than Michael. I just hope the current administration has sufficient sense to listen to Michael and take his advice seriously."

Since 1987, Katz has served as a professor at the Haas School of Business. In addition to researching on competitive strategy in systems markets, vertical integration, cooperative research and development, and antitrust in high-tech industries, he also directs the school's Center for Telecommunications and Digital Convergence.

Katz graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1978. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1982. From 1994 to 1996, Katz served as chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission, where he was responsible for integrating economic analysis into all aspects of Commission policy making.

Katz is the fifth UC Berkeley economist, and the second at Haas, to serve as deputy assistant attorney general. Carl Shapiro, the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy and director of the Institute of Business and Economics Research (IBER), was the deputy assistant attorney general for Economics in the Antitrust Division from 1995 to 1996.

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