Timothy F. Bresnahan is Professor of Economics and, by courtesy, of Business, at Stanford University. He also serves as Co-Director of the Stanford Computer Industry Project and Co-Director of the Technology and Economic Growth Program in CEPR. A 1975 graduate of Haverford College, he received the Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton in 1980. Bresnahan's research interests lie in Industrial Organization area. He has been concerned with econometric measurement of market power and testing of models of imperfect competition. Publications in this area include a chapter in the Handbook of Industrial Organization.
In the economics of technology area, he studies the economic process by which raw technology generates value in use. Publications in this area include "General Purpose Technologies," "Large Firm's Demand for Computers," and "The Competitive Crash in Large-Scale Commercial Computing." In both research areas, most of his work is detailed industry studies. His teaching interests include econometrics, industrial organization, and microeconomics.
His current research includes entry and appropriability in technology industries; competition between old and new-paradigm computing; economic organization for high social return to technical progress.