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Dr Walter Beckert : Economic Adviser

Walter conducts research in econometrics and empirical industrial organisation. His work examines: choice situations with strategically pre-selected choice sets, with particular applications in healthcare; industry behaviour, including vertical relations, in oligopolistic product markets, with differentiated products; and intrinsic market uncertainty, arising from stochastic demand as a consequence of incomplete information about consumers’ valuations or preferences. He is a co-editor of The Manchester School, and has been considered ‘one of the world’s leading competition economists’ by Who’s Who Legal.

Walter speaks English, German, and French.

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 253000

Walter's specialisms include:


  • Beckert, W. (2020), ‘A Note on Specification Testing in Some Structural Regression Models’, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) working paper CWP22/19; and Oxford Bulletin in Economics and Statistics, 82:3, pp. 686–695.

  • Beckert, W., Christensen, M. and Collyer, K. (2012), ‘Choice of NHS-funded hospital services in England’, The Economic Journal, 122:560, pp. 400–17.

  • Beckert, W. (2018), ‘An Empirical Analysis of Countervailing Power in Business-to-Business Bargaining’, Review of Industrial Organisation, 52:3, pp. 369–403,

  • Beckert, W. (2018), ‘Choice in the Presence of Experts: The Role of General Practitioners in Patients’ Hospital Choice’, Journal of Health Economics, 60, July, pp. 98–117.

  • Beckert, W. (2010), ‘A Micro-Economic Approach to Geographic Market Definition in Local Retail Markets: Demand Side Considerations’, Economics, 3:2010-29, pp. 1–32, 6 October.

  • Beckert, W. and Mazzarotto, N. (2010), ‘Price-Concentration Analysis in Merger Cases with Differentiated Products’, Economics, 4:2010-16, pp. 1–23, 12 May.


  • PhD Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • MSc Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • Diplom in Volkswirtschaftslehre, Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany

  • Vorlizentiat in Ökonomie, Universität Basel, Switzerland

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