Phoebe Chan

Associate Professor of Economics
Chair, Department of Economics


Phone: 508-286-3611

Fax: 508-286-3640


Ph.D., M.A., Stanford University
B.S., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


Published Papers

The Welfare Effects of Licensing Product-Differentiating Technology in a Commodity Market, Review of Industrial Organization,  (2022)

A Dynamic Model of Housing Demand: Estimation and Policy Implications with Patrick Bajari, Dirk Krueger, and Daniel Miller, International Economic Review, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 409-442 (2013)

Do Firms with Larger Patent Portfolios Create More New Plant Varieties in the U.S. Agricultural Biotechnology Industry?Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Vol 28, No. 8, pp. 749-775 (2011)

The Determinants of International Patenting for Nine Agricultural Biotechnology Firms,The Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 247-278, (2010)

Comparing Nonprofit versus For-Profit Innovation in the U.S. Biotechnology and Agricultural Industry, Economics of Technological Change, Beane, T. (ed), Nova Publishers (2007)

International Patent Behavior of Nine Major Agricultural Biotechnology FirmsAgBioForum (2006)

Empirical Analysis of Patenting Decisions in Agricultural Biotechnology (Ph.D. dissertation)

Working Papers

Measuring Innovation in Agricultural Biotechnology: A Comparison of Two Measures (2005)

Teaching Interests

  • ECON 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 262 Health Economics
  • ECON 361 Industrial Organization and Public Policy
  • ECON 401 Seminar: Topics in Law and Economics

Students interested in exploring career options (graduate school or jobs) with a bachelor’s degree in economics should refer to the Filene Center webpages and the American Economic Association‘s website.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on empirical work in industrial organization and on intellectual property rights related to the agricultural biotechnology industry.





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