Phoebe Chan

Associate Professor of Economics; Chair, Department of Economics




Economics, Public Health


Knapton 004

(508) 286-3611

(508) 286-3640


Ph.D., M.A., Stanford University
B.S., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Research Interests

My research interests focus on empirical work in industrial organization and on intellectual property rights related to the agricultural biotechnology industry.

Teaching Interests

  • ECON 102 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 262 Health Economics
  • ECON 361 Industrial Organization and Public Policy
  • ECON 401 Seminar: Topics in Law and Economics

Students interested in exploring career options (graduate school or jobs) with a bachelor’s degree in economics should refer to the Filene Center website and the American Economic Association‘s website.


Published Papers

The Welfare Effects of Licensing Product-Differentiating Technology in a Commodity Market, Review of Industrial Organization,  (2022)

A Dynamic Model of Housing Demand: Estimation and Policy Implications with Patrick Bajari, Dirk Krueger, and Daniel Miller, International Economic Review, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 409-442 (2013)

Do Firms with Larger Patent Portfolios Create More New Plant Varieties in the U.S. Agricultural Biotechnology Industry?Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Vol 28, No. 8, pp. 749-775 (2011)

The Determinants of International Patenting for Nine Agricultural Biotechnology Firms,The Journal of Industrial Economics, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 247-278, (2010)

Comparing Nonprofit versus For-Profit Innovation in the U.S. Biotechnology and Agricultural Industry, Economics of Technological Change, Beane, T. (ed), Nova Publishers (2007)

International Patent Behavior of Nine Major Agricultural Biotechnology FirmsAgBioForum (2006)

Empirical Analysis of Patenting Decisions in Agricultural Biotechnology (Ph.D. dissertation)

Working Papers

Measuring Innovation in Agricultural Biotechnology: A Comparison of Two Measures (2005)