John E. Calfee

Former Resident Scholar

Economist John E. Calfee (1941-2011) studied the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the economics of tobacco, tort liability, and patents. He previously worked at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics. He had also taught marketing and consumer behavior at the business schools of the University of Maryland at College Park and Boston University. While Mr. Calfee's writings are mostly on pharmaceutical markets and FDA regulation, his academic articles and opinion pieces covered a variety of topics, from patent law and tort liability to advertising and consumer information. His books include Prices, Markets, and the Pharmaceutical Revolution (AEI Press, 2000) and Biotechnology and the Patent System (AEI Press, 2007). Mr. Calfee wrote regularly for AEI's Health Policy Outlook series. He testified before Congress and federal agencies on various topics, including alcohol advertising; biodefense vaccine research; international drug prices; and FDA oversight of drug safety.


  • Visiting Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, 1993-94
  • Associate Professor, School of Management, Boston University, 1990-93
  • Assistant Professor, College of Business, University of Maryland, 1986-90
  • Economist, Special Assistant to the Director for Consumer Protection, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission, 1980-86


Ph.D., economics, University of California, Berkeley
M.A., international relations, University of Chicago
B.A., Rice University
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