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Deputies3x.72“The Obama Brain Trust”

Two UC Berkeley professors have been named the Obama administration’s top antitrust economists. A third has been chosen as a senior official in the same field. The appointments include Carl Shapiro, Joseph Farrell and Howard Shelanski.

Carl Shapiro–the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a professor of economics–has become the chief economist and deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Joseph Farrell, a professor of economics, is the administration’s new chief economist and director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission.

Howard Shelanski, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law and a co-director of its Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, is working with Farrell as a deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics and to run the bureau’s antitrust division.