Timothy Brennan

University of Maryland (Baltimore)

Tim Brennan is a professor of public policy and economics and a senior fellow with Resources for the Future (RFF). He has been on the UMBC faculty since 1990. Before coming to UMBC, he was an economist with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and taught in the telecommunications policy program at George Washington University. From 1996-97, he was a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and in 2003-05 served as a staff consultant to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. During 2006, he held the T. D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Canadian Competition Bureau. He has advised on competition law internationally for authorities in countries including Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Sweden, and Uzbekistan. Prof. Brennan’s research has addressed topics in antitrust, regulatory economics, copyright, electricity markets, telecommunications and media policy, environmental economics, and methods and ethics in public policy. His antitrust-related publications have looked at market definition, monopolization standards, vertical integration, per se rules, interconnection agreements, and applications to regulated sectors and the Microsoft case. His current research is focusing on energy efficiency policies, the role of cost-benefit analysis in climate policy, and standards for legality of exclusionary practices, particularly with regard to bundled rebates, in antitrust law.

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NYU Stern School of Business
New York University
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Stanford University
Smith College (Northampton)
West Virginia University (Morgantown)
University of Michigan
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Tim Brennan (UMBC)
Timothy Brennan 31 May 2019 New York


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Timothy J. Brennan The US Supreme Court holds that the US Postal Service is not a "person" under the antitrust laws, further limiting the role of antitrust in public and regulated industries (USPS / Flamingo)


USPS v. Flamingo Industries* In 2004, the US Supreme Court issued a decision in an antitrust case brought by Flamingo Industries against the United States Postal Service (USPS). Flamingo manufactured the sacks used by postal workers to hold the non-parcel mail that they carry and deliver to (...)

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Timothy J. Brennan Constructing a conventional antitrust case against Google


Because services offered by some of the so-called “FAANG” big-tech firms—Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google—are free, many believe we need a basis other than the “consumer welfare” standard in antitrust. At least with respect to Google, this conflict is false. Having a “zero price” for (...)

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