Ph.D. and M.Sc., agriculture and resource economics, University of California at Berkeley; B.A., economics, Carleton College
Summary of Experience
Dr. Rafert specializes in the application of microeconomic theory and statistical methods to business strategy and litigation. He has been engaged on numerous business strategy and policy projects involving technology companies. Recent assignments have included work with MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Catherine Tucker and Google that analyzed the impact of patent litigation on innovation, as well as additional work with Google that estimated the impact of privacy and copyright regulations on investment in Internet companies in both the United States and European Union. Dr. Rafert's litigation case work is focused on several practice areas, including antitrust analysis, survey design, and issues affecting entertainment and media companies. Examples of recent assignments include implementing a survey to estimate damages to consumers from allegedly misleading Internet advertising claims, examining privacy issues faced by social networking sites, and evaluating the competitive effects of a potential media merger. His research, presented in journals and before professional and academic audiences, has focused on issues in statistical methodology.