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
  • Marketing
  • Market Design
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Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004
  • Professional
    Former Editor, RAND Journal of Economics and Journal of Industrial Economics
  • National
    Former Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission

Current Students

Former Students

  • Daisy Dai
    Assistant Professor, Purdue University
  • Joe Mazur
    Assistant Professor, Purdue University
  • Chung-Ying Lee
    Associate Professor, National University of Taiwan
  • Yongjoon Park
    U Mass Amherst
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