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Tim Brennan


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Antitrust law and policy, regulatory economics, electricity markets, telecommunications and broadcast policy, copyright and intellectual property, philosophy of economics | CV

Tim Brennan is a professor of public policy and economics and a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF). He has been on the UMBC faculty since 1990. Before coming to UMBC, he was an economist with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and taught in the telecommunications policy program at George Washington University. From 1996-97, he was a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and in 2003-05 served as a staff consultant to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. During 2006, he held the T. D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau. He has advised on competition law internationally for authorities in countries including Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Sweden, and Uzbekistan.

Prof. Brennan’s research has addressed topics in antitrust, regulatory economics, copyright, electricity markets, telecommunications and media policy, environmental economics, and methods and ethics in public policy. His antitrust-related publications have looked at market definition, monopolization standards, vertical integration, per se rules, interconnection agreements, and applications to regulated sectors and the Microsoft case. His current research is focusing on energy efficiency policies, the role of cost-benefit analysis in climate policy, and standards for legality of exclusionary practices, particularly with regard to bundled rebates, in antitrust law. Journals publishing his research include Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Antitrust Bulletin, and numerous law reviews. With Karen Palmer and others at RFF, he co-authored two books on electricity deregulation, A Shock to the System (1996) and Alternating Currents: Electricity Markets and Public Policy (2002). He is a co-editor of Economic Inquiry and sits 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.

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

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