Dr. Gans is a Professor of Strategic Management and the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in antitrust regulatory and intellectual property consulting for 20 years.
Dr. Gans has submitted expert testimony in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand in a variety of matters ranging from antitrust harm to copyright negotiations to damages calculations. Recently, he was the chief economic expert witness to the Federal Trade Commission in its antitrust claim of exclusionary conduct and abuse of market power against Intel. He has also advised Microsoft on antitrust and patent royalty matters. His industry experience includes computing technology, electricity, gas, rail, and telecommunications.
Dr. Gans’ research focuses primarily on understanding the economic drivers of innovation and scientific progress, with a core interest in digital strategy and antitrust policy. He has published extensively on a wide array of topics, including the nature of technological competition and innovation, industrial organization, and regulatory economics. He recently authored an eBook, Information Wants to be Shared (Harvard Business Review Press), and has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. He serves as an associate editor of Management Science and the Journal of Industrial Economics and is on the editorial boards of the BE Journals of Economic Analysis and Policy, Economic Analysis and Policy, Games, and the Review of Network Economics.
Dr. Gans is the recipient of the Economic Society of Australia’s Young Economist Award, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (Australia), and a Research Associate of the NBER in the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. He was also the recipient (with Fiona Murray of MIT) of a grant for almost $1 million from the Sloan Foundation to explore the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution.
He previously was a Professor of Management (Information Economics) at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne and at the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales.