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On Thursday, April 21 at 5 p.m. in Room 19 of Lowder Hall, the Department of Economics will host the David Kaserman Memorial Lecture, a program in honor of the late David Kaserman. The conference, free and open to the public, will feature Andrew Sweeting, professor of economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, who will discuss contemporary topics in antitrust policy.
Sweeting received her doctorate in economics from MIT in 2004 and has held positions at Northwestern University and Duke University. Since 2007, he has been a research associate at the faculty, then a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, or NBER.
His research covers a range of topics, including the effects of mergers on product prices and variety, how to quantify the constraints that potential entry and product repositioning will place on market power after mergers, auction design , the identification of collusion in wholesale electricity markets, the welfare effects of targeted advertising, and the effects of revenue management in secondary event ticket markets. Sweeting’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and published in leading economic journals such as Econometrica, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and RAND Journal of Economics.
Sweeting is currently editor of the RAND Journal of Economics, former editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and former foreign editor of the Review of Economic Studies. He founded and co-organized the annual DC Industrial Organization conference. He was director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics in 2020 and a member of the academic panel of the UK Competition Commission from 2007 to 2014.
Professor David L. Kaserman, 1947-2008, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and remained spiritually an East Tennessean throughout his life. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he attended graduate school at the University of Florida, where he began a lifelong collaboration with Professor Roger Blair, an antitrust expert from International fame.
Kaserman has worked as an economist for the U.S. government’s Housing and Urban Development, Federal Trade Commission, and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, and served with high honors on the faculties of the University of Tennessee and the University from Auburn. He has published over 100 articles, including influential articles on vertical integration and regulation in the American Economic Review, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Law and Economics and many others. He is the author of numerous books, including “Antitrust Economics” via Oxford University Press, with Roger Blair, and the textbook “Government and Business: The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation” via Dryden Press, with John Mayo.
Kaserman suffered from congenital kidney disease and endured years of dialysis before receiving a successful transplant. His experiences motivated him to work on behalf of kidney patients by analyzing the global organ shortage in numerous articles, editorials and seminars, culminating in the publication of “The Global Organ Shortage: Economic Causes, Human Consequences, Policy Responses via Stanford Press, with T. Randolph Beard and Rigmar Osterkamp, posthumously dedicated to him.