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Vivek Ghosal

Dr. Ghosal is Professor, the Head of the Department of Economics, and the Virginia and Lloyd W. Rittenhouse Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Professor Ghosal's current research and policy interests include: (1) firm strategy related to innovation, M&As, and pricing; (2) biopharmaceuticals markets focusing on innovation, pricing and FDA regulations; (3) firms' decision-making under uncertainty; (4) antitrust laws and enforcement; and (5) regulatory reform to enhance competition and innovation. The courses he currently teaches include: (1) Economics of Biotechnology and Medical Innovations; and (2) Economics of Regulations and Firm Strategy.

Before joining Rensselaer in 2016, he was the Richard and Mary Inman Research Professor at the School of Economics at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the Director of the M.S. and Ph.D. Programs. Prior to his position at Georgia Tech., he was an Economist at the Economic Analysis Group of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice (1998-2001). In this position, he worked on mergers and acquisitions, horizontal and vertical market power, tying agreements, joint ventures, regulatory reform, and innovation and efficiency. Some of the markets he investigated include electricity, nuclear fuel, natural gas, coal, information technology, radio broadcasting, oilfield drilling services, and postal.

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