I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College. Prior to joining Swarthmore, I was a research economist in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. At the DOJ, my primary focus was evaluating the competitive impact of mergers. Below are links to my research papers and CV.
Email: mremer1 "at" swarthmore "dot" edu.
Link to my CV
"Sub-Perfect Game: Profitable Biases of NBA Referees," with Daniel F. Stone and Joseph Price, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, 2012, Vol. 21, pp. 271-300. [SSRN], Media Coverage: Oregonian, June 3rd, 2009.
"Using Cost Pass-Through to Calibrate Demand,'' with Nathan H. Miller and Gloria Sheu, Economics Letters, 2013, Vol. 118, pp. 451-454 [May 2012].
"Bias in Reduced Form Estimates of Pass-Through," with Alexander MacKay, Nathan H. Miller, and Gloria Sheu, Economics Letters, 2014, Vol. 123, pp. 200-202 [January 2014].
"US v. H&R Block: Market Definition in Court since the 2010 Merger Guidelines," with R. Warren-Boulton, Antitrust Bulletin, 2014, Vol. 59, pp. 599-618.
"An Empirical Investigation of the Determinants of Asymmetric Pricing," International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2015, Vol.42, pp. 46-56. [September 2013]
"Pass-Through and the Prediction of Merger Price Effects,'' with Nathan H. Miller, Conor Ryan, and Gloria Sheu, Journal of Industrial Economics, 2016, Vol. 64, pp. 684-709. [June 2015]
"Upward Pricing Pressure as a Predictor of Merger Price Effects," with Nathan H. Miller, Conor Ryan, and Gloria Sheu, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2017, Vol. 52, pp. 216-247. [January 2017]
"Lowering Consumer Search Costs Can Lead to Higher Prices," with Mitsukuni Nishida, Economics Letters, 2018, Vol. 162, pp. 1-4.
"The Determinants and Consequences of Search Cost Heterogeneity: Evidence From Local Gasoline Markets," with Mitsukuni Nishida, Journal of Marketing Research, 2018, Vol. 55, pp. 305-320. [February 2017]
"Race and Employment Outcomes: Evidence from NBA Coaches," with Nicholas Hill, Economic Inquiry, 2020, Vol. 58, pp. 1469-1486. [October 2018]
"Consumer Inertia and Market Power," with Alexander MacKay [July 2021]
Vega Economics Award for the Best Paper in Industrial Economics presented at the 2018 North American Econometric Society Summer Meetings
"What's the Difference? Measuring the Effect of Mergers in the Airline Industry," with Reed Orchinik, [October 2021]
"Competition and Pricing Strategies: Evidence from Retail Gasoline Stations" [January 2019].
"Empirical Regularities of Asymmetric Pricing in the Retail Gasoline Industry," (available upon request).
"Musical Addiction: A Case Study of Phish Concert Goers," (undergraduate thesis).
Introduction to Economics
Antitrust and Market Regulation
Directed Reading in Game Theory
Johns Hopkins University
Economic and Social Networks, Instructor
Elements of Microeconomics, Instructor
Elements of Micro, Micro Theory, Elements of Macro, Macro Theory, TA