Dr. Michael Noel is a Competition Economist and Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at Texas Tech University. Dr. Noel publishes extensively on antitrust and competition issues and is perhaps best known for his work on dynamic price competition in the Oil & Gas industry. He co-discovered and pioneered the literature on price cycles in retail gasoline markets. Dr. Noel teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses at the intersection of economics and antitrust law, and regularly interacts with industry, government, the legal community, and the media to discuss competition issues. Dr. Noel holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)
Dr. Noel is an expert in antitrust economics and merger analyses. He has analyzed antitrust and merger issues in a wide range of industries including the Oil & Gas industry, the banking industry, retail products, supermarkets, health care and pharmaceuticals, payment cards, book publishing, auto manufacturing, and others. Dr. Noel's areas of expertise include price fixing, collective dominance, coordinated behavior, predatory pricing, price discrimination, market definition, mergers, vertical contracts, damages, and regulatory issues. In addition, Dr. Noel has experience in a wide range of labor and employment issues and has handled numerous labor-related damages matters. Dr. Noel is also an expert in competitive strategy, with extensive experience in data-driven price optimization and strategic positioning analyses.
Dr. Noel's research has been published in a variety of economics journals including the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, Energy Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and others. He has also published articles at the intersection of economics and antitrust law in legal journals including the Columbia Business Law Review, the CPI Antitrust Chronicle, the Antitrust Practitioner, and the Canadian Competition Law Review. He has presented his research to audiences on all seven continents around the world, and serves as a peer reviewer for forty-plus journals in economics.