Andrew Sweeting is a tenured Professor and the current Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his PhD in Economics from MIT in 2004 and he has also held positions at Northwestern University (2004-2007) and at Duke University (2007-2014, with tenure 2012-14). Andrew has been a Faculty Research Fellow and then Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) since 2007, and became affiliated with the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in 2021. He served as Director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission in 2020. He is currently a Co-Editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, and has previously been a Co-Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and a Foreign Editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He created the Washington DC IO Conference, and will be the local organizer for the 2023 International Industrial Organization Conference in DC.
His research has covered a range of topics in theoretical, computational and empirical Industrial Organization, including several topics that are relevant to antitrust policy. Topics include the analysis of entry and product repositioning (work received the 2018 Robert F. Lanzillotti Prize for the best paper in antitrust economics), competition between firms when their marginal costs or merger synergies are uncertain, the design of auctions and the effect of strategic buyers on predation. His research has been supported by multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation, and it has been published in leading general interest journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy.
Areas of Interest
- Industrial Organization
- Applied Econometrics
- Market Design
Degree TypePhDDegree DetailsMassachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
- Dynamic Price Competition, Learning-by-Doing, and Strategic Buyers, , American Economic Review 112(4 ), 1311-1333, April .
- Repositioning and market power after airline mergers, , The RAND Journal of Economics 53(1 ), 166-199, February .
- Bailouts and the Preservation of Competition, , American Economic Journal: Microeconomics 8(3 ), 257-288, August .
- Bailouts and the Preservation of Competition., , American Economic Journal: Microeconomics Forthcoming, July .
- Selective Entry and Auction Design, , International Journal of Industrial Organization 43, 189-207, November .
- Multiplicity of Equilibria and Information Structures in Empirical Games: Challenges and Prospects, , Marketing Letters 26(2 ), 115-125, June .
- Regulating Bidder Participation in Auctions, , The RAND Journal of Economics 45(4 ), 675-704, October .
- Dynamic Product Positioning in Differentiated Product Industries: The Effect of Fees for Musical Performance Rights on the Commercial Radio Industry., , Econometrica 81(5 ), 1763-1803, September .
- When Should Sellers Use Auctions?, , American Economic Review 103(5 ), 1830-1861, August .
- Price Dynamics in Perishable Goods Markets: The Case of Secondary Markets for Major League Baseball Tickets., , Journal of Political Economy 120(6 ), 1133-1172, December .
- The Effects of Mergers on Product Positioning: Evidence from the Music Radio Industry, , RAND Journal of Economics 41(2 ), 372-397, July .
- The Strategic Timing of Radio Commercials: An Empirical Analysis Using Multiple Equilibria, , RAND Journal of Economics 40(4 ), 710-742, October .
- Market Power in the England and Wales Wholesale Electricity Market 1995-2000, , The Economic Journal 117(520 ), 654-685, April .
- Coordination, Differentiation and the Timing of Radio Commercials, , Journal of Economics and Management Strategy 15(4 ), 909-942, December .
ProfessionalFormer Editor, RAND Journal of Economics and Journal of Industrial Economics
NationalFormer Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission
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