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Release: April 10, 2001
MIT professor to discuss Microsoft antitrust case as Ida Beam lecturer
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Franklin M. Fisher, leading economic theorist from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will discuss the antitrust case
against Microsoft Wednesday, April 18 as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished
The economics department at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business will
present Professor Fisher's lecture, "What was the Microsoft Case Really
About?" at 8 p.m. in the Tippie Auditorium (Room W151) of the Pappajohn
Business Building (PBB). The economics department will also host a departmental
lecture by Fisher, "Optimal Water Management and Conflict Resolution:
The Middle East Water Project," at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in S107
Fisher is a pre-eminent expert in the field of industrial organization,
the study of market structure and economic performance. He has also played
a very significant role in applying economic theory to practical issues in
He was the Justice Department's lead economics expert in the U.S. vs. Microsoft
antitrust trial. He also served as IBM's principal economic witness when the
U.S. government charged IBM with antitrust violations.
Fisher joined the MIT faculty in 1961 after receiving a B.A. (1956) and
Ph.D. (1960) from Harvard University.
Fisher has served as a president of the Econometric Society, and he is a
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is past editor of
Econometrica, the leading journal of econometrics and economic theory. He
has written more than a dozen books and more than a hundred scholarly articles
on industrial organization, econometrics, and economic theory.
He chairs the Harvard Middle East Water Project, a joint effort by Israelis,
Jordanians, and Palestinians that seeks solutions to water resource allocation
problems in the Middle East. He served on the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv
University from 1976-92 and is current president of the New Israel Fund.
His visit is sponsored by the economics department of the Tippie College
of Business and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program. Ida Beam,
a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her
only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of
Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund
to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to
participate should contact the department of economics at 335-0829.