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Joshua Gans
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The traditional textbook model of competition in an oligopoly goes likes this. Firms choose prices and other variables (like product quality, advertising and R&D) to maximise their own profits ...
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Apparently not, according to Tom Bartman, an associate with Clay Christensen’s research group at Harvard Business School. In a report from Harvard Business Review, they apply a framework to understand whether a new firm, like Tesla, will disrupt an old…
Apparently not, according to Tom Bartman, an associate with Clay Christensen’s research group at Harvard Business School. In a report from Harvard Business Review, they apply a framework to underst...
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Amazon just announced a new product called the Dash button. Basically, it is a button with a label like Tide or Cottonelle, connected to the internet and available only to Amazon Prime members (you...
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For many readers of this blog, this story in the Consumerist is a harrowing account. Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to se...
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If you have been on Twitter this past month, you have heard of Meerkat. This is an app that allows you to stream video from your mobile phone. It’s barely a month old and already it seems there’s a “Meerkat killer.” Apparently everyone has suddenly…
If you have been on Twitter this past month, you have heard of Meerkat. This is an app that allows you to stream video from your mobile phone. It’s barely a month old and already it seems there’s a...
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Hosting Content on Facebook is about Ad Tracking News came through recently that Facebook will host news sites’ content. Apparently, Buzzfeed and the New York Times are first off the block for this. While we don’t know precisely what it will mean, there…
Hosting Content on Facebook is about Ad TrackingNews came through recently that Facebook will host news sites’ content. Apparently, Buzzfeed and the New York Times are first off the block for thi...
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The traditional textbook model of competition in an oligopoly goes likes this. Firms choose prices and other variables (like product quality, advertising and R&D) to maximise their own profits and disregard the impact of their actions on (a) competing…
The traditional textbook model of competition in an oligopoly goes likes this. Firms choose prices and other variables (like product quality, advertising and R&D) to maximise their own profits ...
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Technology may or may not be eliminating asymmetric information. But either way, says Joshua Gans, regulation is here to stay.
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Amazon just announced a new product called the Dash button. Basically, it is a button with a label like Tide or Cottonelle, connected to the internet and available only to Amazon Prime members (you know, the subscription that gives you free shipping).…
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For many readers of this blog, this story in the Consumerist is a harrowing account. Only months after moving into his new home in Washington state, Consumerist reader Seth is already looking to sell his house. He didn’t lose his job or discover that the…
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News came through recently that Facebook will host news sites’ content. Apparently, Buzzfeed and the New York Times are first off the block for this. While we don’t know precisely what it will mean...
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An insight into the future: What happens when Disney’s Magic Band system goes down?
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Professor of Strategic Management
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  • University of Toronto
    Professor of Strategic Management, 2011 - present
  • Melbourne Business School
    Professor of Economics, 1996 - 2011
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Toronto, ON
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Brookline, MA, USA - Sydney, Australia - Brisbane, Australia - Stanford, CA
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Introduction

I hold the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management at the University Toronto. Prior to that I was the foundation Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne (1996-2011). From 2009-2011, I was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and in 2011, visiting researcher at Microsoft Research.

I hold a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an honors degree in economics from the University of Queensland. At the Melbourne Business School I teach MBA students in introductory microeconomics, technology strategy, economics of organisations, incentives and contracts, and market design using game theory. I have also co-authored (with Stephen King and Robin Stonecash) the Australasian edition of Greg Mankiw's Principles of Economics (published by Cengage), Core Economics for Managers (Cengage), Finishing the Job (MUP) and Parentonomics (New South/MIT Press). Most recently, I published an ebook, Information Wants to be Shared, with HBR Press.

While my research interests are varied I have specialities in the nature of technological competition and innovation, economic growth, publishing economics, industrial organisation and regulatory economics. This has culminated in publications in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. I serve as co-editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. In 2007, Iwas awarded the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award. In 2008, I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Australia. Details of my research activities can be found here.

On the consulting side, I am managing director of CoRE Research. In the past, I have worked with several established consulting firms including London Economics, Frontier Economics and Charles River Associates. I have also been retained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission where I worked on several abuse of market power cases as well as on issues in telecommunications network competition. Overall my consulting experience covers energy (gas and electricity markets), telecommunications, financial services and banking, pharmaceuticals and rail transport.
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Married with 3 kids.
Education
  • Stanford University
    Economics, 1990 - 1995
  • University of Queensland
    Economics, 1986 - 1989
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