Ralph Bradburd

Chair of CES and David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy, Chair of Environmental Studies Program
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Education

B.A. Columbia College (1970)
M.A. Columbia University (1975)
Ph.D. Columbia University (1976)

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ECON 110(F)

Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 111

Introduction to Economics and Its Applications

ECON 228 T / ENVI 228(S)

Water as a Scarce Resource

Fields of Specialization

Industrial Organization
Applied Microeconomics
Economic Development

Research

“The Impact of Rent Controls in Non-Walrasian Markets: an Agent-Based Modeling Approach,” with Stephen C. Sheppard et al., Journal of Regional Science, August 2006, 455-492.

“The Distributional Impact of Housing Discrimination in a non-Walrasian Setting,” with Stephen C. Sheppard et al., Journal of Housing Economics, July 2005.

Ralph Bradburd (with Raquel Alfaro and John Briscoe), “Reforming Former Public Monopolies: Water Supply,” in Nancy Birdsall, Carol Graham, and Richard Sabot, eds., Beyond Trade-offs: Market Reforms and Equitable Growth in Latin America, (Inter-American Development Bank, Brookings Institution Press, 1998).

“Privatization of Natural Monopoly Enterprises: The Regulation Issue: Reply,” Review of Industrial Organization, December 1996.

“Privatization of Natural Monopoly Enterprises: The Regulation Issue” Review of Industrial Organization, June, 1995.

Book Review of Empirical Studies in Industrial Organization: Essays in Honor of Leonard W. Weiss, Review of Industrial Organization, April 1994.

“Wealth in Higher Educational Institutions,” with Duncan Mann, Journal of Higher Education, July/August 1993.

“Bilateral Distortion in Self-Selection Problems,” with P. Srinagesh and Hui-Wen Koo. Journal of Industrial Economics, June 1992.

“Internal Rent Capture and The Profits-Concentration Relation,” with Thomas Pugel and Katrina Pugh. Review of Economics and Statistics, August 1991.

“Can Small Firms Find and Defend Strategic Niches? A Test of the Porter Hypothesis,” with David R. Ross. Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1989.

“Quality Distortion by a Discriminating Monopolist,” with P. Srinagesh. American Economic Review, March 1989.

“A General Measure of Multidimensional Inequality,” with David R. Ross. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, November 1988.

“The Empirical Determinants of Vertical Integration,” with Richard E. Caves, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, April 1988.

“Transaction Cost Influences on the Adjustment of Industries’ Prices and Outputs,” with Richard E. Caves, Review of Economics and Statistics, November 1987.

“A Closer Look at the Effect of Market Growth on Industries’ Profits,” Review of Economics and Statistics, November 1982 (with Richard E. Caves).

“Price-Cost Margins in Producer Goods Industries and ‘The Importance of Being Unimportant,'” Review of Economics and Statistics, August 1982.

“Organizational Costs, ‘Sticky Equilibria,’ and Critical Levels of Concentration,” Review of Economics and Statistics, February, 1982 (with A. Mead Over, Jr.). Reprinted in Industrial Organization and Public Policy, John Craven, ed., Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishing, 1982.

“Advertising and Market Concentration: A Re-examination of Ornstein’s Spurious Correlation Hypothesis,” Southern Economic Journal, October 1980.

“A Model of the Effects of Conglomeration and Risk Aversion on Pricing,” Journal of Industrial Economics, June 1980.

“Conglomerate Power Without Market Power: The Effects of Conglomeration on a Risk-Averse Quantity Adjusting Firm,” American Economic Review, June 1980.

Working Papers

“The Impact of Federal Section 8 Rental Housing Assistance: A non-Walrasian Simulation Analysis, with Stephen C. Sheppard et al.

Selected Work Experience

Consultant, The Robin Hood Foundation, 2008-10

Member, Governor’s Economic Development Council, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2000-2001

Board of Advisors, BCI II Venture Capital Fund, 1999-2003

Senior Economic Policy Advisor–New Zealand Dairy Group, 1995-1999

Consultant– World Bank, various occasions, 1990-1995

U.S. Federal Trade Commission Line of Business Program, 1984-1992

Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, Harvard University, 1983-84

Consultant– U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment, Health Program, 1983

Current Committees

  • Environmental Studies Program, Chair