David R. Schmidt

Assistant Director
Applied Research and Outreach
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Selected Publications

  • "Economics at the FTC: Fraud, Mergers and Exclusion," with D. J. Balan, P. Degraba, F. Lafontaine, P. McAlvanah, and D. Raval, Review of Industrial Organization, 2015.
  • "Economics at the FTC: Office Supply  Retailers Redux, Healthcare Quality Efficiencies Analysis, and Litigation of an Alleged Get-Rich-Quick Scheme," with K. Brand, M. Gaynor, P. McAlvanah, and E. Schneirov, Review of Industrial Organization, 2014.
  • "Resource allocation contests: Experimental evidence," with Sheremeta R. Shupp and J. Walker, Journal of Economic Psychology, 2013.
  • Authorized Generic Drugs: Short-Term Effects and Long-Term Impact: A report of the Federal Trade Commission, 2011.
  • Authorized Generics: An Interim Report of the Federal Trade Commission, 2009.
  • "Difference-in-differences Analysis In Antitrust: A Cautionary Note" with John Simpson, Antitrust Law Review, 2008.
  • Pharmacy Benefit Managers: Ownership of Mail-Order Pharmacies, 2005.
  • "Playing Safe in Coordination Games: The Role of Risk Dominance, Payoff Dominance, Social History, and Reputation," with Robert Shupp, Elinor Ostrom, and James Walker, Games and Economic Behavior, 2003.
  • "Dilemma Games: Game Parameters and Matching Protocols," with T.K. Ahn, Elinor Ostrom, Robert Shupp, and James Walker, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2001.
  • "Cooperation in PD Games: Fear, Greed, and History of Play," with T.K. Ahn, Elinor Ostrom, Robert Shupp, and James Walker, Public Choice, 2001.
  • "Cumbersome Coordination in Repeated Games," with Horst Raff, International Journal of Game Theory, 2000.
  • "Price Dynamics in Overlapping Generations Environments," with Charalambos Aliprantis, Economic Theory, 1993.


California Institute of Technology
PhD Economics
Indiana University
BA Economics and Mathematics

Fields of Interest

  • Antitrust
  • Game Theory
  • Healthcare Economics

Professional Experience

Assistant Director
Federal Trade Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Assistant Professor
Indiana University - Department of Economics