There are many antitrust and consumer protection matters which would benefit from economic input and analysis. The purpose of the State Center Panel of Economists is to provide State officials with access to economic expertise at the initial stages of those matters -- expeditiously, confidentially and at the State Center's expense.
The State Center's Panel of Economists is comprised of experienced, distinguished economists with a background in industrial organization. Panelists' resumes and a copy of the Consulting Agreement each as signed are posted on the State Center's website. Panelists are available for consultation by State Attorneys General Offices for a maximum of twenty (20) hours per matter, upon approval by the State Center's Executive Director. Financial assistance for longer term advice or testimony, by panelists or other experts, may be sought through the State Center's normal grant application process.Mark J McCabe
Visiting Professor, Ross School of Business, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIRichard O. Zerbe, Jr.
Signed Consulting Agreement
Professor, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Signed Consulting Agreement
There are two ways to engage a member of the State Center's Panel of Economists. The simplest is to submit a Work Request, substantially in the form of Exhibit 1 to the Consulting Agreement. The Executive Director's approval of the Work Request makes the submitting Attorney General's Office a third party beneficiary of the Consulting Agreement, entitling it to use of a panelist at the State Center's expense and triggering confidentiality and other built-in protections.
In the alternative, a State Attorney General's Office may negotiate its own agreement with a panelist at the hourly rate pre-determined by the panelist and the State Center. A request that the State Center provide reimbursement for up to 20 hours of the panelist's time pursuant to the negotiated agreement, which contains substantially the same information as in the Work Request, should be submitted to the Executive Director.
In either case, a Panelist should first be consulted to make sure there are no conflicts and he or she is available for the assignment. Then enough detail about the Consulting Services sought (without disclosing confidential information) should be provided to allow the Executive Director to evaluate the request. The Executive Director has sole discretion to act with respect to the request. Unless authorized to do so, the Executive Director will not disclose information about the nature of the Consulting Services provided to any third party or to any member of the State Center's Board of Directors or Advisory Board.