Associate Professor of Economics
michael.noel@ttu.edu
+1 (858) 357-3818

Price Fixing

Professor Noel has substantial expertise in price fixing and coordinated effects issues. He has advised and published extensively on parallel pricing, parallel behaviors, seemingly-simultaneous price changes, and other aspects of competitive markets that are sometimes associated with potential evidence of price fixing.

Merger Analyses

Professor Noel is experienced in evaluating potential competitive effects from proposed mergers. He has taught, published on, and worked with econometric merger simulations, merger simulation lite, upward price pressure, critical loss, cross-sectional and intertemporal benchmarking, SSNIP, and other advanced methods of evaluating potential mergers.

Other Antitrust Issues

Professor Noel has substantial experience in other antitrust issues as well, applying a combination of economic theory and advanced econometric and statistical techniques to evaluate issues such as price discrimination, predatory pricing, refusal to deal, 2.305 matters, and other issues. In addition to teaching the economics of antitrust at various universities over the past twenty years, Professor Noel has given seminars on various antitrust issues at universities and conferences around the globe.

Oil & Gas Economics

Professor Noel has a specialty in Oil & Gas competition and has published extensively on the topic. His pioneering work on dynamic gasoline price competition and gasoline price cycles is widely known and cited by economists and competition authorities worldwide. He has given seminars on his Oil & Gas research at universities and conferences on six continents. For the past twenty years, Professor Noel has worked with industry, government, and the legal community to assist them in understanding Oil & Gas industry competition, and he regularly discusses competition issues with the media.

Cross-Industry Expertise

Professor Noel has applied his antitrust and merger expertise to a wide range of other industries outside of the Oil & Gas sector, including retail products, supermarkets, managed health care, pharmaceuticals, packaged software, payment cards, book publishing, online search, communications, auto manufacturing, and others.

Labor and Employment

Professor Noel is also skilled in labor and employment matters, including discrimination issues, wage and hour issues, pattern or practice issues, and damages. He regularly discusses current events in labor markets with the local and national media.

Econometrics and Data-Driven Analysis

Professor Noel is an M.I.T.-trained empirical economist with decades of experience working with large and complex datasets. He is skilled in applying cutting-edge econometric and statistical techniques to the data and reducing complex issues into simple and easy-to-understand bottom-line conclusions.

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 Areas of Expertise

  • Antitrust
  • Mergers
  • Oil & Gas
  • Labor & Employment
  • Econometrics & Statistics
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Large Datasets

Antitrust Areas

  • Price fixing
  • Market division
  • Price discrimination
  • Predatory pricing
  • Resale price maintenance
  • Tying and bundling
  • Foreclosure
  • Exclusive dealing
  • Refusal to deal
  • Contracts
  • Damages

Merger Areas

  • Merger Simulation and Merger Simulation Lite
  • Upward Price Pressure
  • Benchmark Analysis
  • Predictive Analysis
  • Market Definition and SSNIP

Labor and Employment Areas

  • Wage discrimination
  • Pattern and Practice
  • Wrongful termination and workplace injury damages