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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 Visiting Professor.

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 PBB.

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 industrial organization.

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.