Michelle Sovinsky heads the Empirical Economics and Policy Analysis chair at the University of Zurich. She is a co-editor at the International Journal of Industrial Organization and on the Editoral Panel of Economic Policy. She is a research fellow of the CEPR, the University of Chicago Becker Friedman Institute, and the Economics Network for Competition and Regulation. She has been on the scientific panel for the EARIE and EEA meetings and will serve as the EARIE Scientific Program Chair in 2015.
Her research focuses on using game-theoretic modeling with empirical analysis to examine policy issues in industrial organization and applied health. Her research covers a wide range of topics including individual-decision making under limited information and the implications for firms’ decisions and market power; and the antitrust implications of research collaboration or advertising expenditures, the analysis of decisions concerning long-term care for the elderly; how individuals make risky decisions concerning their health, drug use, or eating behaviors. Her research has implications for the design of public health policy and antitrust/competition policy and has been published in Econometrica, the International Economic Review, and the Journal of Human Resources.