Fiona Scott Morton

Fiona M. Scott Morton is the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management. Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals, to internet retailing, and are published in leading economics journals. From 2011-12 Professor Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation’s antitrust laws. At Yale SOM she teaches courses in the area of competitive strategy. She served as Associate Dean from 2007-10 and has won the School’s teaching award twice.

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Preventing Drug Shortages and Saving Lives: The Role of Quality and Reliability Standards

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Addictive Social Media: Why We Need Regulation and Competition for Digital Platforms

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Why a New Digital Authority Is Necessary

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Antitrust Alone Is Not Enough to Combat the Problems Associated With Digital Platforms

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Why Behavioral Remedies Won't Work in the Case of AT&T-Time Warner

It is clear from the economics in the government’s complaint against the AT&T-Time Warner merger that the harms to competition articulated by the Department...

Perverse Market Incentives Encourage High Prescription Drug Prices

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The Trump Tax

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