Walter Beckert

Walter Beckert received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an Associate Professor of Economics at Birkbeck, University of London, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Fiscal Studies. He has advised the Competition and Markets Authority, the OECD Competition Division, the Hong Kong Consumer Council, and various UK sector regulators. He conducts research in econometrics and empirical industrial organization, and his research is published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Industrial Organization, Econometric Theory, and others. His work examines: choice situations with strategically pre-selected choice sets, with particular applications in healthcare; industry behavior, including vertical relations, in oligopolistic product markets, with differentiated products; and intrinsic market uncertainty, arising from stochastic demand as a consequence of incomplete information about consumers’ valuations or preferences. He is a co-editor of The Manchester School, and has been considered "one of the world’s leading competition economists" by Who’s Who Legal (since 2016).

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