Former Agricultural Economics Faculty

JOHN M. CONNOR (1943 - )

Since 1983 a professor of Industrial Economics at PurdueJon Connor photo University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Boston College, an MA from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.  From 1965 to 1968 he served as a volunteer in the U. S. Peace Corps teaching mathematics in two African nations.  From 1976 to 1979 he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin, and from 1979 to 1983 he was Head of Food Manufacturing Research in the Economic Research Service of USDA.

Dr. Connor specializes in research and teaching of empirical industrial economics and antitrust policy. For 25 years he studied the market structure and performance of the food manufacturing and distribution industries; for the past 15 years the focus of his research has been international price-fixing cartels and world-wide antitrust enforcement. 

Connor is the author of 19 books and monographs and more than 600 other scholarly publications in economics and law. His publications are widely read. In March 2011, the Social Science Research Network reported on the number of downloads of working papers, preprints and offprints listed by 358,000 authors listed in SSRN.  Connor had 11,241 downloads of his 58 papers, which ranked him 86th out of more than 11,000 economists in the SSRN repository.  In addition, his research has been cited in more than 75 law-review articles and five court decisions.

His latest book, Global Price Fixing, received two national writing awards in 2002 and 2003.  New editions of Global Price Fixing appeared in 2007 and 2008. A review of the book in the Journal of Economic Literature calls it:

“….an invaluable reference for those with a deep interest in the economics of cartels, and a very readable and accessible narrative…on international cartels.”

 Dr. Connor is Senior Advisor to the American Antitrust Institute, and he consults for government antitrust authorities and law firms in cartel cases. In 2009, his lifetime achievements were recognized when he was awarded the highest honor of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the title of Fellow.


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