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Renowned MIT Economist Joins BRG’s Competition Policy Practice

 |  April 18, 2023

Berkeley Research Group (BRG) has appointed Dr. Richard “Dick” Schmalensee as a senior advisor to the firm’s Antitrust & Competition Policy practice.

Schmalenee is a renowned economist known for his expertise in industrial organization economics and its application to managerial and public policy issues. His work focuses on antitrust and regulatory policies, as well as multisided platforms.

Schmalensee has joined BRG’s antitrust and competition practice. Other recent appointments include experts Dr. David S. Evans and Dr. Rosa M. Abrantes-Metz, as well as Dr. David Sunding.

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Schmalensee holds the position of Dean Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at MIT. Schmalensee has worked in various roles in the academic and the government sectors. He was a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during President George H. W. Bush’s administration. He has also provided consultation for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Professor Schmalensee is one of the foremost academics in the application of economics to competition policy issues. The expertise he’ll bring to our team will be critical as we continue to build our capabilities in antitrust and competition policy,” said David Teece, BRG’s Executive Chairman.

David Evans, who recently joined BRG’s Antitrust & Competition practice and is spearheading BRG’s growth in work related to the digital economy and platform markets noted that “I’ve worked alongside Dick for years and am excited that he’s joining our efforts in serving clients and helping them navigate novel – and increasingly complex – disputes that arise as the digital transformation sweeps through the traditional economy.”   

Commenting on his appointment, Schmalensee said, “It’s an exciting time to join BRG as the firm embarks on ambitious growth plans in the antitrust and competition policy space.”