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Barbara Alexander

Barbara J. Alexander

Full Time Lecturer in Economics

Ph.D. Harvard University
B.B.A. Business Administration University of Texas Austin
Academic Division

Barbara J. Alexander consults on intellectual property and antitrust.  Her research, teaching, and litigation work focuses on patent infringement and price-fixing cases, as well as economic regulation and government procurement. Dr. Alexander received her Ph.D. from Harvard University's Department of Economics and her Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Texas (Austin); her dissertation examined how bidding rules affected the vulnerability of Pentagon acquisitions to bidder collusion. Dr. Alexander's litigation consulting includes the district court case involving Microsoft, in the late-1990s (on the side of the Department of Justice), merger cases, many price-fixing matters, and a variety of shareholder suits. Recent publications and research include examination of the impact of exchange rate instability on international cartels, and examination of the effect of bidding rules on efficiency of awards for highway contracts. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Alexander served as Chief of Research for the Texas Public Utility Commission.