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Former Director, Bureau of Economics


Bruce H. Kobayashi was Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics. He came to the FTC from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason, where he has been a Professor of Law and a faculty member since 1992. Professor Kobayashi’s teaching and research interests are in the application of economics to law. He has written articles examining the law and economics of intellectual property, antitrust law and regulation, litigation and procedure, evidence, uniform laws, and federalism. His articles have been published in numerous books and journals, including the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law, Economics & Organization, the International Review of Law and Economics, JITE, Research in Law and Economics, Research in Transportation Economics, Economic Inquiry, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, as well as numerous law reviews. He has written entries for the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law, and for the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics.

Professor Kobayashi has previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at Scalia Law, as a Senior Economist in the Division of Economic Policy Analysis of the Federal Trade Commission, as a Senior Research Associate at the United States Sentencing Commission, as an Economist for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as the chair of the executive board of the AALS Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation, as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at GMU, as a contributing editor for the Supreme Court Economic Review, and as a member of the advisory board for the BNA Patent, Copyright & Trademark Journal. He has served as the Founding Director of the Global Antitrust Institute and as an instructor in the Global Antitrust Institute’s Economics Institutes for Judges and for Competition Law Officials, and the Law and Economics Center’s Economics Institutes for Judges, Attorneys General, and Law Professors.

Professor Kobayashi received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics, and his B.S. in Economics-System Science, all from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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