Dr. Eric Lewis joined the Department of Public Service and Administration faculty in September 2019 as an Assistant Professor. He was previously an Economist with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. Dr. Lewis earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and Middle East studies and Arabic from Brigham Young University in 2007, graduating cum laude. He received his MA in economics in 2014 and his PhD in economics in 2015, both from the University of Michigan. During his graduate studies, Dr. Lewis received numerous awards and scholarships relating to his research on industrial organization, and energy and environmental economics, primarily on the oil and gas industry.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Dr. Lewis served as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Michigan and as an Intermediate Microeconomics Research Assistant at the Poverty Action Lab at MIT and at the Urban Institute.
His recent publications include “Patchwork Policies, Spillovers, and the Search for Oil and Gas” in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (2019) and “Economics at the Antitrust Division 2015–2016: Household Appliances, Oil Field Services, and Airport Slots,” with Randy C. Chugh, Nathan G. Goldstein, Jeffrey S. Lien, Deborah Minehart, and Nancy L. Rose, in the Review of Industrial Organization. Current working papers include “Royalties and Deadlines in Oil and Gas Leasing: Theory and Evidence,” with Evan Herrnstadt and Ryan Kellogg, and “To Trade or Not to Trade: Oil Leases, Information Asymmetry, and Coase,” with Paul Brehm.