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Kenneth G. Elzinga Biography, Single-Firm Conduct Hearings, June 2006

Kenneth G. Elzinga

Kenneth G. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. He was the first recipient of the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University, and is a recipient of the Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia's Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as awards in education from the Kenan and Templeton foundations. In 1992, he was given the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor the University of Virginia accords its faculty.

Each fall, Mr. Elzinga's introductory economics course attracts over one thousand students and is the largest class offered at the University of Virginia. His smaller Antitrust Policy seminar, which is taught using the Socratic method, often has a waiting list of two years.

Mr. Elzinga's major research interest is antitrust economics, especially pricing strategy and market delineation. The author of more than seventy academic publications, he also is known for three mystery novels (co-authored with William Breit) where the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve the crime. Their second mystery novel, The Fatal Equilibrium, is used in college classes across the country to illustrate introductory economic principles. A former Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago and a Thomas Jefferson Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Mr. Elzinga also is a past president of the Southern Economic Association, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hope College.

Mr. Elzinga earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has been a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia since 1967.

Updated December 29, 2023