Ted Snyder (economist)

Ted Snyder (economist)

Edward A. "Ted" Snyder (b. c.1953) is an American economist and the current Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB). He has previously served as the Dean of the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, as an associate dean at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and as an economist and consultant for the United States Department of Justice.

University of Chicago

He has served the GSB as dean since July 2001 and was reappointed to a second term beginning in July 2006 in July 2005. He currently holds the chair of the George Pratt Shultz Professor of Economics at the GSB. He also holds the title of Editor of the The Journal of Law and Economics. During his tenure as dean, the Graduate School of Business moved its flagship Hyde Park campus to the Charles M. Harper Center (formerly the Hyde Park Center). Also, the Europe campus moved from Barcelona to London. Snyder received his Ph.D. in economics in 1984 and his M.A. in public policy in 1978 from the University of Chicago. He was previously the John M. Olin Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State from 1991-92.

He co-teaches the "Economic Analysis of Major Policy Issues" course with Gary Becker and Kevin Murphy. His areas of expertise are Industrial Organization, Antitrust Economics, Law and Economics, and Financial Institutions.


After a professional start as an economist with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, Snyder worked for sixteen years at the University of Michigan Business School. He served as a faculty member and later as Senior Associate Dean. He was also the first director of the Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, which studies emerging markets. Snyder was also the Dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School prior to joining the GSB.

Snyder's research develops insights into business practices, specifically distribution and contracting practices, antitrust enforcement, and public policy. In the BusinessWeek article introducing him as the new dean in 2001, he was described as popular, bookish and academic.


Snyder's father was a World War II bomber pilot and his mother was a high-school teacher. He is married to Kimberly Snyder and has three children: Alison, Jeffrey, and Kevin.


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