The economics department is happy to welcome Ben Shiller (class of ’04) as an Assistant Professor.   Many students have already met him, as he is teaching two sections of Intermediate Microeconomics (80a) this semester.   Professor Shiller’s appointment marks a return to the institution where his interest and education in economics began.

Professor Shiller has accomplished a lot since  receiving his B.A. in economics from Brandeis in 2004.  He obtained his Ph.D. in applied economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving the Amy Morse prize in the process.  His doctorate advisor, fellow Brandeis alumnus Joel Waldfogel (class of ’84), helped launch his research on the economic impact of transitioning from physical to digitally distributed goods.  Specifically, Professor Shiller’s doctoral research focused on digitization’s impact on pricing and supplier cooperation, and investigated the impact of preventing resale via distribution by download.

He has continued this line of research, receiving a prestigious fellowship from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) to join the Economics of Digitization and Copyright Initiative.  He spent last year at the NBER studying the increasing pervasiveness of the online economy, and its impact on copyrighted good industries.  His latest research focuses on the economic impact of preventing resale of sport/concert tickets through electronic ticketing, and on topics related to big data.  He will be teaching Industrial Organization next semester.

We all very pleased to welcome Professor Shiller to Brandeis!


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