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John Calfee, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Jack Calfee was an economist who studied the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the economics of tobacco, tort liability, and patents. He passed away in February 2011. 

He previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics.

Jack also taught marketing and consumer behavior at the business schools of the University of Maryland at College Park and Boston University. While his recent writings are mostly on pharmaceutical markets and FDA regulation, his academic articles and opinion pieces covered a variety of topics, from patent law and tort liability to advertising and consumer information.

He is the author of Prices, Markets, and the Pharmaceutical Revolution (AEI Press, 2000) and the coauthor of Biotechnology and the Patent System (AEI Press, 2007). Mr. Calfee also wrote regularly for AEI’s Health Policy Outlook series. He testified before Congress and federal agencies on various topics, including alcohol advertising; biodefense vaccine research; international drug prices; and, most recently, FDA oversight of drug safety.

He was Visiting Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution; Associate Professor, School of Management, Boston University; Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Maryland; and, Economist, Special Assistant to the Director for Consumer Protection, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission.

Jack had a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Rice University.


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