Timothy J. Brennan

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Tim Brennan

Photo of Timothy Brennan wearing a fedora and green striped shirt, playing stylishly on a Fender Telecaster guitar at a party. There can be white party lights seen attached on the ceiling, with red hue mood lights lighting the room for a fun party atmosphere.



Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin in Madison
M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin
M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin
B.A., Mathematics, University of Maryland

Dr. Brennan hosts an Open Internet Roundtable at the Federal Communications Commission

Select Recent Publications

“The Rise of Behavioral Economics in Regulatory Policy: Rational Choice or Cognitive Limitation?”, International Journal of the Economics of Business,
vol. 25, no. 1 (2018): 97-108.

“Should Antitrust Go Beyond ‘Antitrust’?”, Antitrust Bulletin, vol. 63, no. 1 (2018:) 49-64

“The Post-Internet Order Broadband Sector: Lessons from the Pre-Open Internet Order Experience,” Review of Industrial Organization, vol. 50, no. 4 (2017): 469-486.

“Price Cap Regulation and Declining Demand,” (with Michael Crew) in Crew, Michael and Timothy Brennan (eds.), The Future of the Postal Sector in a Digital World (New York: Springer, 2016): 1-17.

“Is Complexity in Antitrust a Virtue? The Accuracy-Simplicity Tradeoff,” Antitrust Bulletin, vol. 59, no. 4 (2014): 827-53.

“Behavioral Economics and Policy Evaluation,” Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, vol. 5, no. 1 (2014): 89-109.

“An Expanded Distribution Utility Business Model: Win-Win, or Win-Maybe?,” in Fereidoon P. Sioshansi (ed.), Distributed Generation and its Implications for the Utility Industry (Waltham, MA: Academic Press, 2014) 251-65.

“Gross Substitutes vs. Marginal Substitutes: Implications for Market Definition in the Postal Sector” (with Michael Crew) in Crew, Michael and Timothy Brennan (eds.), The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2014): 1-15.

“Energy Efficiency Policy Puzzles,” Energy Journal, vol. 34, no. 2 (2013): 1-25.

Research Interests
Antitrust law and policy, regulatory economics, electricity markets, telecommunications and broadcast policy, copyright and intellectual property, philosophy of economics

Experience and Honors

  • Chief Economist, Federal Communications Commission, 2014
  • Public Utility Research Center Distinguished Service Award, University of Florida, 2013
  • International Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • T. D. MacDonald Chair, Competition Bureau, Industry Canada, 2006
  • Senior Staff Economics, White House Council of Economic Advisers, 1996-97
  • Bearman First-Year Seminar Professor, UMBC
  • EPCOR Distinguished Lecturer, University of Alberta
  • McGee Lecturer in Public Policy, Vanderbilt University
  • Gilbert White Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division Award of Merit
  • Valedictorian, University of Maryland

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