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Oliver Hart is currently the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1993. He is the 2016 co-recipient of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the British Academy, and the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has several honorary degrees.

Hart works mainly on contract theory, the theory of the firm, corporate finance, and law and economics. His research centers on the roles that ownership structure and contractual arrangements play in the governance and boundaries of corporations. He has published a book (Firms, Contracts, and Financial Structure, Oxford University Press, 1995) and numerous journal articles. He has used his theoretical work on firms in two legal cases as a government expert (Black and Decker v. U.S.A. and WFC Holdings Corp. (Wells Fargo) v. U.S.A.). He has been president of the American Law and Economics Association and a vice president of the American Economic Association

Mark Wright

Minneapolis Fed Reserve

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Mark L. J. Wright is senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. In this role, he oversees key research efforts at the Minneapolis Fed and advises the Bank’s president on monetary policy and related matters. Prior to coming to Minneapolis, Wright was a senior economist and research advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Wright has been an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and an assistant professor at Stanford University. He has been an economist and advisor to the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco and Minneapolis, as well as an instructor at the IMF Institute. He is currently a faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Wright received a Bachelor of Economics (with First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney, Australia, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. His research examines the macroeconomics of developing countries, with a specific focus on their tendency to be prone to international financial crises. Much of his recent work has been devoted to sovereign default and the process by which sovereign debts are restructured.

Gabriel Carroll

Stanford University

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Gabriel Carroll is an assistant professor in the economics department at Stanford University. His main interest is in methodological and modeling issues in mechanism design, especially robustness considerations.

John Asker

University of California, Los Angeles

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John Asker is a Professor of Economics at UCLA, where he holds the Armen A. Alchian Chair in Economic Theory. His research investigates topics related to antitrust policy, cartel behavior, firm-level productivity, and the aggregate impact of market power. In his research he employs a mix of theoretical and empirical methods. His papers have been published in journals in economics and finance, including the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy. He is a co-editor of American Economic Journal: Microeconomics and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.Ec(Hons) from the Australian National University.

George J. Mailath

University of Pennsylvania

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George J. Mailath is Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and Goldsmith Professor in the Research School of Economics, Australian National University. Professor Mailath’s published research in microeconomics includes papers on pricing, non-cooperative game theory, evolutionary game theory, repeated games, social norms, and the theory of reputations. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Econometric Society, the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, and the Game Theory Society. He has served on the Council of the Econometric Society 2013-2015, the Council of the Game Theory Society 2005-2011, and was one of the founders of the journal Theoretical Economics (the Econometric Society assumed responsibility for Theoretical Economics in 2009).

Professor Mailath edited Theoretical Economics 2013-2017, was the theory co-editor of the Econometric Society Monograph Series, 2008-2013, and was a member of the Economics Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation in 2008 and 2009. He has been an associate editor or editorial board member of Econometrica, The Review of Economic Studies, The Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior, The International Economic Review, and Economic Theory.

Tasneem Chipty

Matrix Economics

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Dr. Chipty is an internationally recognized expert in industrial organization, antitrust economics, and econometrics. Her practice focuses on competition analysis, including market definition, market power, and competitive effects of different types of conduct across a variety of industries. Dr. Chipty brings nearly 20 years of consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, including media and healthcare. She has a hybrid practice in which she serves the roles of testifying expert and consulting expert, in support of academic testifiers. She has worked with private parties and government agencies in numerous antitrust investigations and merger reviews.

Dr. Chipty has submitted testimony, been deposed, and testified at trial in legal proceedings and investigations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and at the World Trade Organization. She has appeared before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, the Federal Communications Commission, the Canadian Mergers Bureau, the U.S. Copyright Board, and the Canadian Copyright Board. She has published academic research on the strategic use of vertical integration, the role of firm size and network effects on bilateral business negotiations, and the effects of regulations on firm behavior.

Prior to founding Matrix Economics, Dr. Chipty was a Managing Principal at Analysis Group, and before that a Vice President at Charles River Associates. She has served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, Brandeis University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she taught courses in antitrust and regulation, industrial organization, and econometrics.