After research posts at the University of Wisconsin and the Economic Research Service of USDA, Dr. Connor joined Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics in 1983, where he taught industrial economics and antitrust policy. As a Professor at Purdue, his research focused on the industrial organization of markets with an emphasis on international cartels, corporate strategies, price formation, performance outcomes, and the interplay of private decision making with antitrust law and other public policies that influence competition, primarily in the food manufacturing and distribution industries.
Since the 1990s, Dr.Connor’s research has emphasized empirical studies of the conduct of international price-fixing cartels in many industries and world-wide antitrust enforcement. As a Director of LECG, LLP from May 2008 to March 2011, he was a consultant in industrial economics and antitrust law, providing legal advice on damages resulting from anticompetitive business conduct.
Dr. Connor is the author of 19 books and monographs and more than 600 other scholarly publications in economics and law. His research has been cited in more than 75 law-review articles, and in five court decisions. His latest book Global Price Fixing received two national writing awards in 2002 and 2003; new editions were released in 2007 and 2008. A review of the book in the Journal of Economic Literature described it as “…an invaluable reference for those with a deep interest in the economics of cartels, and a very readable and accessible narrative…on international cartels.”
Dr. Connor’s current project, the Optimal Deterrence of Cartels, employs the traditional Beckerian legal-economic approach, where he demonstrates that under-deterrence is the norm and over-deterrence is rare. Dr. Connor is Senior Fellow in the American Antitrust Institute, and he consults for government antitrust authorities and law firms in cartel cases.
In 2009, his lifetime achievements were recognized when he was awarded the title of Fellow, the highest honor of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. In June 2014 he will be awarded the Alfred E. Kahn Research Award for Lifetime Achievement by the American Antitrust Institute.
University of Wisconsin, Ph.D. Agricultural Economics
University of Wisconsin, M.S. Agricultural Economics
University of Florida, M.A.M.R.D. Agricultural Economics
Boston College, A.B. Mathematics (Cum Laude)