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Tim Brennan Biography, Single-Firm Conduct Hearings, June 2006

Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan is a professor of public policy and economics at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF) in Washington, D.C. During 2006, he is serving as the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau. (His remarks today reflect only his own views and do not represent those of the Competition Bureau or any of its staff.)

From 1978 to 1986, he was a staff economist with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, with a continuing affiliation through 1998. In 1986, he joined George Washington University as an associate professor in its graduate telecommunications policy program. He came to UMBC in 1990, and has been affiliated with RFF since being named a Gilbert White Fellow in 1995. From 1996-1997, he was the senior economist for industrial organization and regulatory policy on the staff of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. From 2003-2005, he served as a staff consultant to the Bureau of Economics of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, advising on the economics of monopolization law and vertical restraints.

Prof. Brennan's research has covered topics in antitrust, regulatory economics, electricity, telecommunications, intellectual property, the First Amendment, and ethical issues in public policy. His articles have appeared in numerous journals in economics, law, communications, and other fields, including the Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Antitrust Bulletin, Information Economics and Policy, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and the Harvard Law Review. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Regulatory Economics, Information Economics and Policy, Communications Law and Policy, and the International Review of the Economics of Business.

His research areas related to antitrust have included monopolization law, exclusionary conduct, vertical integration, the competition/regulation interface, market power measurement, per se rules, boycotts, and state action. Among the sectors to which he has applied his research are telecommunications, electricity, computer software, broadcasting, postal services, and intellectual property. With Karen Palmer and others at RFF, he has written two books on competition and deregulation in the electricity sector, A Shock to the System in 1996 and Alternating Currents: Electricity Markets and Public Policy, published in 2002.

Prof. Brennan received a B.A. in mathematics in 1973 from the University of Maryland in College Park and his M.A. in mathematics in 1975 and Ph.D. in economics in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin.

Updated December 29, 2023