ANTITRUST DIVISION NAMES NEW DEPUTY
WASHINGTON, D.C. Charles A. James, Assistant Attorney General
for Antitrust, today announced that Michael L. Katz will serve as the
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the
“Michael Katz is a leading scholar with extensive experience in
issues important to the Antitrust Division,” James said. “His keen
insight will be of great advantage to the Department as we work to
protect competition in today’s global economy. We are privileged to
have him join us.”
As Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Katz will supervise all
economic analysis within the Antitrust Division and direct the
Division’s Economic Analysis Group.
Since 1987, he has served as a professor at the University of
California at Berkeley. He currently holds a joint appointment as a
professor of both economics and business administration. In addition
to his research on competitive strategy in systems markets, vertical
integration, cooperative research and development and antitrust in
high-tech industries, he also directs the school’s Center for
Telecommunications and Digital Convergence. In both 1989 and 1993,
he was awarded the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award.
From 1994 to 1996, Katz served as Chief Economist at the
Federal Communications Commission, where he was responsible for
integrating economic analysis into all aspects of Commission policy
making. He formulated and implemented regulatory policies for all
industries under the FCC’s jurisdiction, including cable and
broadcast television and local, long distance and wireless telephony.
In 1996 he was recognized with the Chairman’s Special Achievement
Award for his excellence in service at the Commission.
From 1981-1987 he worked as an assistant professor of economics
at Princeton University, devoting his research to sophisticated
pricing, standards development, cooperative R&D and intellectual
property licensing, and teaching courses in microeconomics,
industrial organization and antitrust issues.
He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1978,
where he was awarded a prize for the top graduate in economics. He
received his PhD from Oxford University in 1982. A frequent lecturer
and author of numerous articles on antitrust and consumer issues,
Katz is also co-editor of the California Management Review and the
Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.