Leadership and Staff

Steven Berry, Jeffrey Talpins Faculty Director, is the David Swensen Professor in the Economics Department, specializing in the empirical analysis of markets and competition-related economic policy. He is a winner of the Frisch Medal of the Economics Society, was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014, and was named the 2017 Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society. At Yale, he has served as Department Chair and as Director of the Division of Social Sciences. He has served as a consultant for governments, policy institutes, and the private sector, focusing on questions of antitrust as well as environmental and trade policy. Berry is also affiliated with the Cowles Foundation at Yale and is a Research Fellow at the NBER.

Executive Director: look for an announcement in late summer 2019

Zack Cooper, Associate Faculty Director, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and of Economics at Yale University. In his academic work, Cooper has analyzed the impact of competition in hospital and insurance markets, studied the influence of price transparency on consumer behavior, and examined the influence of electoral politics on health care spending growth. His work has been published in leading economics and medical journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics and the New England Journal of Medicine, and has been presented at the White House, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Health and Human Services. The New York Times wrote that his work is “likely to force a rethinking of some conventional wisdom about health care.”

Rebecca Toseland, Director of Research Support, is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics. Previously, she was a Research Scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests span a variety of domestic policy issues including economic mobility, education, housing, health, and the environment. She received a B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies from Yale University, and both an M.A. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.