Professor of the Graduate School | Transamerica Chair in Business Strategy Emeritus
Economic Analysis & Policy


Carl Shapiro is a Professor at Berkeley Haas and the Department of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. He also is the Berkeley Haas Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy Emeritus.

Shapiro served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers during 2011 to 2012. For the two years immediately prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; he also held that position during 1995 to 1996. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research at UC Berkeley.

Shapiro has been editor and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other honors. He earned his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981, taught at Princeton University during the 1980s, and served on the faculty at UC Berkeley since 1990.

Shapiro has published extensively in the areas of industrial organization, competition policy, patents, the economics of innovation, the design and use of patents, and competitive strategy.

Shapiro is the co-author, with Hal R. Varian, of “Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy,” published by the Harvard Business School Press. “Information Rules” has received critical acclaim for its application of economic principles to the Information Economy and has been widely read by managers and adopted for classroom use.

Expertise and Research Interests

  • Anti-trust Economics
  • Design and Use of Patents
  • Economics of Networks and Interconnection
  • Industrial Organization Economics