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Cal prof has joined DOJ Antitrust Division

Tony West isn’t the only East Bay person taking a high-ranking post in the Obama Administration’s Justice Department.

Carl Shapiro has taken a leave of absence from his post as Transamerica Professor of Business Strategy in the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business to become deputy assistant attorney general for economic analysis in the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.

Shapiro brings to the job “a wealth of experience on issues, including patents, intellectual property and licensing, network economics, and unilateral effects in mergers,” according to Justice’s news release.

Since arriving at Haas in 1990, Shapiro served as the Antitrust Division’s Economics Deputy from August 1995 to June 1996, providing economic analysis on antitrust cases including Microsoft, NASDAQ and several mergers. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master’s in mathematics from Cal and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics from MIT.

And, look: here he is testifying before Congress yesterday about my industry’s apparent death-spiral! Hooray!

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Tom Campbell: ‘Business Guru’ and candidate

I received an e-mail advisory that Tom Campbell — the former South Bay Congressman and former dean of the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business — will be speaking at the Commonwealth Club of California next month. The e-mail’s subject line calls him a “business guru.”

“The economic crisis leaves many people wondering if the United States and, specifically, California, will be poised to lead the world in the 21st century. What kinds of opportunities arise out of dire economic times? Will California be the place to do business in the 21st century?” the release asks, adding Campbell “will break down the economic imperatives of the state and nation” and “will describe what needs to be done to ensure California succeeds in these uncertain economic times.”

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Bay Area econ experts advise Obama today

President-elect Barack Obama meets today in Chicago with his Transition Economic Advisory Board, tasked with helping the incoming Administration develop policies to respond to the economic crisis. At the table will be three Bay Area figures:

    former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, now a professor the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley;
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Cal prof in contention for Obama economic post?

As Cal’s Boalt Hall School of Law Dean Christopher Edley advises president-elect Barack Obama’s transition team, at least one other East Bay figure could be in contention for an Obama Administration post.

The New York Times reports today that Laura D’Andrea Tyson is among names “being circulated for top economic posts in the Obama administration.” Tyson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, was chairwoman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors during the Clinton Administration.

I sent her an e-mail a short while ago inviting her to speculate on the speculation; her assistant just sent a reply saying that “(u)nfortunately, Prof. Tyson’s schedule doesn’t allow for any interviews at this time.”

Meanwhile, if we’re indulging in speculation, why not go all the way: Politico.com last week said House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez, might be in contention for appointment as U.S. Secretary of Education…