Jean-François Houde is an Associate Professor of Economics at Cornell University, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
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He grew up in Trois-Rivières P.Q., and attended college at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He then completed a Master in Applied Economics at HEC Montréal, and a Ph.D. at Queen’s University in Kingston. He first taught at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He then spent four years as an Assistant Professor of business economics and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and finally moved to Ithaca in the summer of 2016.
His main research interest lies in the detection and measurement of market power. In the past, he has tackled questions related to spatial differentiation, collusion, vertical and horizontal mergers, price discrimination, and search frictions. He has studied these questions empirically by analyzing two industries: (i) gasoline retailing, and (ii) mortgage lending. He also has ongoing research projects studying technology diffusion (both online and offline), and differentiation in higher education markets. Recently, he started new projects studying the consequences of market power in the provision of sanitation services in Senegal, and vertical relations in the US electricity generation market.