Carl Shapiro

Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy
Professor of Business and Economics

Department of Economics
Haas School of Business

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-1900

(510) 642-5905

Website: UC Berkeley faculty profile

Issues: Competition Policy and Antitrust, Patents, Innovation and Economic Growth and Intellectual Property

About Carl Shapiro

Carl Shapiro is the Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy at the Haas School of Business, and Professor of Economics in the Economics Department, at the University of California at Berkeley. His current research interests include antitrust economics, intellectual property and licensing, patent policy, product standards and compatibility, and the economics of networks and interconnection.


Professor Shapiro has published extensively in the areas of industrial organization, competition policy, patents, the economics of innovation, and competitive strategy. His research has been published in journals such as Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Antitrust Law Journal, and Rutgers University Law Review. He is the co-author, with Hal R. Varian, of Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, published by the Harvard Business School Press. Information Rules has received critical acclaim for its application of economic principles to the Information Economy and has been widely read by managers and adopted for classroom use.


Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley in 1990, Professor Shapiro taught at Princeton University during the 1980s. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Director of the Institute of Business and Economic Research at UC Berkeley, and from 2009 to 2011, he was the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has been Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, among other honors.


Professor Shapiro took a leave from Berkeley to serve as a Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 2011 to 2012. The Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the Executive Office of the President, consists of a Chair and two Members. The CEA is charged with offering the President objective economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy. The CEA bases its recommendations and analysis on economic research and empirical evidence, using the best data available to support the President in setting economic policy.


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981 
M.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1977
B.S. (Economics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976
B.S. (Mathematics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976