F. M. Scherer

Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management in the Aetna Chair, Kennedy School, Emeritus
Harvard Kennedy School
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F. M. Scherer


F. M. Scherer is Aetna Professor Emeritus in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Born in 1932, he received an A.B. degree with honors and distinction from the University of Michigan in 1954; an M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard University in 1958; and a Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University in 1963. He is married to Barbara Silbermann Scherer. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

His research specialties are industrial economics and the economics of technological change, leading to numerous publications, the most important of which are listed beginning on page six.


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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Scherer, F.M., and Jayashree Watal. "Competition Policy and Intellectual Property: Insights from Developed Country Experience." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-013, February 2014.
    • Scherer, F.M. "The F.T.C., Oligopoly, and Shared Monopoly." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-031, September 2013.
    • Scherer, F.M. "Patents, Monopoly Power, and the Pricing of Pharmaceuticals in Low-Income Nations." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-029, September 2013.
    • Scherer, F.M. "Two Paradoxes in the Theory of Capital Investment and Competition." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-030, September 2013.
    • Scherer, F.M. "Financial Mergers and Their Consequences." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-019, June 2013.