Fiona M. Scott Morton

Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics

Fiona M. Scott Morton is the Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management where she has been on the faculty since 1999. Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals, to internet retailing, and are published in leading economics journals. From 2011-12 Professor Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation’s antitrust laws. At Yale SOM she teaches courses in the area of competitive strategy. She served as Associate Dean from 2007-10 and she won the School’s teaching award twice. She has served in an editing role on various academic economics journals, has won several research grants from the National Science Foundation, and is a Research Associate at NBER. Professor Scott Morton has a BA from Yale and a PhD from MIT, and previously taught at the Graduate Schools of Business at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the United States and Europe. Professor Scott Morton lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and three children.

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  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1994
  • BA, Yale University, 1989


Competitive Strategy
MGT 525
Competition Economics & Policy
MGT 589


Selected Articles

Patent Assertions: Are We Any Closer to Aligning Reward to Contribution?
F. Scott Morton and C. Shapiro
NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy
Strategic Patent Portfolio Acquisitions: an Economic Analysis
F. Scott Morton and C. Shapiro
Antitrust Law Journal
F. Scott Morton
Competition Policy International
Hospitals, Market Share, and Consolidation: How Should Policy React?
F. S. Morton & D. Cutler
Journal of the American Medical Association
Research into biomarkers: How does drug procurement affect the design of clinical trials?
F. S. Morton & P. Seabright
Health Management, Policy, and Innovation

Selected Working Papers

The Industrial Organization of the Biologics Industry: theory, empirics, and policy implications
F. Scott Morton, S. Stern and A. Stern
The Impact of Consumer Inattention on Insurer Pricing in Medicare Part D
F. Scott Morton, K. Ho and J. Hogan
Differentiated to Death?
J. A. Chevalier, D. E. Harrington and F. Scott Morton
Manuscript, Yale University
F. M. Scott Morton, F. Zettelmeyer, and J. Silva-Risso


Yale SOM Alumni Association Teaching Award
Yale School of Management Alumni Association
2015-2015, 2006-2007
Health Care Research Award For "The Effect of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Prices and Utilization" American Economic Review, Vol.100, No. 1, 590-607, with Mark Duggan
National Institute for Health Care Management
National Science Foundation Research Grant 1064341, "The Industrial Organization of the Biologics Industry: Theory, Empirics and Policy"
Excellence in Refereeing Award
American Economic Review
2010, 2011
Green Award
Journal of Marketing Research
National Science Foundation Research Grant
1998-2002, 2001-2003, 2005-2008