Zach Y. Brown

Zach is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. His research uses a combination of theory and data to examine how policy can increase competition in a variety of settings. He received his PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2017 and previously served as a Staff Economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Competition for Extortion: Evidence from 50,000 Extortion Payments in El Salvador

A new paper explores how truce deals between gangs are equivalent to collusion, and result in higher extortion prices that have negative consequences for...

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