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Michael R. Ward

Michael R.

Fellow, Antitrust Policy

Michael R. Ward is a professor of economics at the Business School of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), a research associate at the Digital Economics Department of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany, and a fellow with ITIF’s Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy. He studied mathematics and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago.

Previous positions include staff economist at the FTC and assistant and associate professorships at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He has had past affiliate research positions with Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) in Brazil, with the Institute for Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) at the University of Illinois, with the Consortium for Research on Telecommunications Policy (CRTP), and with ZEW.

Ward has worked as a professional economist in government, academia, and the private sector. His research interests include competition and innovation policy in high-technology industries, most recently in the video games industry. His research has appeared in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Research Policy, and Journal of Industrial Economics. He is a coauthor of the textbook Managerial Economics: A Problem Solving Approach.

Recent Publications

March 1, 2023

The Flawed Analysis Underlying Calls for Antitrust Reform: Revisiting Lina Khan’s “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox”

In the 2017 law journal article that established her reputation, now FTC Chair Lina Khan ignored or misapplied the economics of two-sided markets, mischaracterized competitive conditions, and did not consider the pro-competitive effects of Amazon’s conduct.

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