Dr. Michael D. Noel
(Ph.D., M.I.T.)
Associate Professor
Dept. of Economics
Texas Tech University
+1 (806) 853-7204


Dr. Michael D. Noel is an Economist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Texas Tech University. Professor Noel publishes extensively on antitrust and competition issues and is perhaps best known for his work on dynamic price competition in the retail gasoline industry. He teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses at the intersection of economics and antitrust law, and regularly interacts with industry, government, the legal community, and the media to discuss competition issues. Professor Noel holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.).


Professor Noel is an expert in antitrust economics and merger analyses. He has analyzed merger and antitrust issues in a wide range of industries including the Oil & Gas industry, retail products, supermarkets, health care and pharmaceuticals, payment cards, book publishing, auto manufacturing, and others. Professor Noel's areas of expertise include price fixing, collective dominance, coordinated behavior, predatory pricing, price discrimination, mergers, vertical contracts, damages, and regulatory issues. In addition, Professor Noel has experience in a wide range of labor and employment issues.


Professor Noel's research has been published in a variety of economics journals including the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, Energy Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, and others. He has also published articles at the intersection of economics and antitrust law in legal journals including the Columbia Business Law Review, the CPI Antitrust Chronicle, the Antitrust Practitioner, and the Canadian Competition Law Review. He has presented his research to audiences on all seven continents, and serves as a peer reviewer for forty-plus journals in economics.


Professor Noel teaches courses on competitive strategy and the economics of antitrust at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to Texas Tech University, Professor Noel has also taught courses at the University of California San Diego, the University of Toronto, and M.I.T.


Professor Noel regularly discusses current economic events -- from changing oil and gasoline prices to disputed merger reviews to labor market issues -- with national and international media.



Ph.D. Economics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002)

M.A. Economics
University of Toronto (1997)

Hons.B.Sc. Economics (Quantitative Methods), Statistics, and Computer Science
University of Toronto (1996)

Current Employment

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Texas Tech University

View Professor Noel's academic CV here.