Nancy Lin Rose is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, on leave from MIT where she is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics.
Professor Rose's research focuses on the empirical analysis of firm behavior in imperfectly competitive industries and the economics of regulation. She is the editor and a contributor to the 2014 National Bureau of Economic Research volume Economic Regulation and Its Reform: What Have We Learned? Her best-known work in regulatory economics includes studies of efficiency and innovation effects of regulation in the electric utility industry, the scope of labor rent-sharing and impact of deregulation in the U.S. trucking industry, and political constraints on top executive compensation in regulated industries. Her research on firm behavior includes analyses of the effect of firm financial condition on the safety performance of U.S. air carriers, the interaction of competition and pricing behavior in airline markets, and the determinants of CEO compensation. Professor Rose was a faculty contributor to MIT’s study on The Future of the Electric Grid and its Utility of the Future project. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, she served on the National Academy of Sciences/Transportation Research Board Committee on the Study of Freight Rail Transportation and Regulation.
Professor Rose received her A.B. magna cum laude in Economics and Government from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was a faculty member of the MIT Sloan School of Management from 1985-1997, and has been a member of MIT's Department of Economics faculty since 1994, where she teaches undergraduate and doctoral courses on industrial organization, competition policy, and the economics of regulation. She received the MIT Undergraduate Economics Association Teaching Award in 2000, 2004, and 2011, and was named an MIT Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2012 for her undergraduate teaching contributions. Professor Rose has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a George and Karen McCown Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Hoover Institution, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. She is the recipient of a Faculty Award for Women Scientists and Engineers from the National Science Foundation as well as faculty fellowships from the John M. Olin Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She has served on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review and the Journal of Industrial Economics, and as associate editor for several journals.
Professor Rose was the inaugural director of the National Bureau of Economic Research program in Industrial Organization, leading that program from 1991 until her appointment to the U.S. Department of Justice. She recently completed service as Vice President of the American Economic Association (AEA), chair of its Ad Hoc Committee on the Economics Job Markets, and member of its Committee on Operations and Publications. She has also served on the AEA Executive Committee, Program and Nominations Committees, Board of the AEA’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) and has chaired the CSWEP Elaine Bennett Research Prize selection committee. She has been an independent director for Charles River Associates, Sentinel Investments, and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where she chaired the Finance Committee.