Florian Ederer is the Questrom Professor of Economics & Management at Boston University, an NBER faculty research fellow, and an ECGI research member. His research focuses on what drives and hinders innovation, both in and outside organizations with a particular emphasis on antitrust.
Professor Ederer’s research which has been widely published in leading journals, is in the areas of organizational economics, innovation, antitrust, and behavioral economics. It focuses on the incentive design in organizations, how it shapes innovation and how it is in turn affected by social interactions and more realistic assumptions about the motives of principals and agents. Some of his recent work explores the impact of common ownership on managerial compensation and the existence and pervasiveness of “killer acquisitions” that prevent startups from challenging dominant market incumbents. In his academic work he draws on a broad set of tools often combining theoretical models, experimental methods, and empirical analysis.
Prior to joining BU Questrom Professor Ederer was a faculty member of the Yale School of Management and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He earned his doctorate in economics at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and his master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of Oxford.