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Daniel Rubinfeld, the Robert L. Bridge Professor of Law and Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, will deliver the second of this year’s John M. Olin Lectures in Political Economy at Lafayette on Thursday, Nov. 9. Rubinfeld will speak on “U.S. vs. Microsoft: An Insider’s View,” at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the William E. Simon Center auditorium.

Rubinfeld will discuss the recently completed Microsoft anti-trust litigation, in which he played a central role while on temporary assignment at the U.S. Department of Justice. The talk is free and open to the public.

Rubinfeld has been a fellow at the National Bureau of Econometric Research, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and with the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He is co-editor of the International Review of Law and Economics. He served as associated dean and chair of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at Berkeley from 1989-1990 and from 1999-2000.

Rubinfeld earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Princeton University in 1967. Both his master’s (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) in economics are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His recent teaching engagements have included stints at New York University, University of Geneva, and Stanford University. His many positions held include: chairman, Program in Law, Economics, & Institutions, U.C. Berkeley, since 1986; vice chair, ABA Section on Antitrust, Committee on Economics, 1997-1999; deputy assistant attorney general, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, June 1997-December 1998; and consultant, Antitrust Division, 1999.

Rubinfeld has written several books, including the textbook Econometric Models and Economic Forecasts (with Robert S. Pindyck), 1976, which has been printed in Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese versions. Its fourth edition was printed in 1998. Another textbook, Microeconomics, also with Pindyck, has been published in five languages, with a fifth edition printed this year. The book has served as a textbook at Lafayette.

Rubinfeld is the author of a variety of articles relating to competition policy, law and economics, and public economics. He has published over 50 journal articles, including contributions this year in the Journal of Constitutional Political Economy (forthcoming), Antitrust Law Journal, and Review of Industrial Organization. One of his numerous law review articles is “Compensation for Takings: An Economic Analysis” (with Lawrence Blume), California Law Review. The piece also was published in Research in Law and Economics and Law and Economics Anthology. His most recent book articles are “United States v. Microsoft: An Economic Analysis” (with Franklin M. Fisher) and “Misconceptions, Misdirections, and Mistakes,” both in Did Microsoft Harm Consumers? Two Opposing Views, published this year by the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies.

On September 27, Albert Breton of the University of Toronto, the leading Canadian economist of his generation, delivered the first John M. Olin Lecture in Political Economy at Lafayette of 2000-2001. The John M. Olin Foundation has sponsored more than 20 lectures given by prominent speakers at Lafayette.

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