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Dr Matthew Olczak

Economics and Strategy Group

Matt Olczak

I am an Industrial Economist with over ten years’ research and teaching experience. My primary research interest focuses on uncovering theoretical and empirical evidence on the sustainability of collusion between firms, making the key distinction between tacit and explicit collusion. Additional research interests include merger policy, vertical restraints and recommended retail prices. I have taught Microeconomics, Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy and have a keen interest in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Position: Lecturer
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3107
Email: m.olczak@aston.ac.uk 
Room: SW1017 

CV

 

 

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education, Aston University, 2011
  • PhD Economics, University of East Anglia, 2009
  • MA Industrial Economics, University of East Anglia, 2002
  • BA Economics, University of East Anglia, 2001

Academic

  • 2009 - to date: Lecturer, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School
  • 2002 - 2009: Research Associate, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia
  • 2002 - 2008: Teaching Assistant, University of East Anglia.

  • 2006 - 2007: Lecturer, University of East Anglia. 

Main supervisor for Joseph Bromfield - Maverick firms
Support supervisor for Yupu Lin - Cross-border mergers and acquisitions under the context of globalisation

Available to supervise students in industrial organisation and competition policy. 

Undergraduate teaching:

  • Tacit and explicit collusion
  • Merger policy
  • Vertical restraints
  • Recommended retail prices
  • Using technology to enhance learning and teaching (see video)
  • Main supervisor for Joseph Bromfield - Maverick firms
  • Support supervisor for Yupu Lin - Cross-border mergers and acquisitions under the context of globalisation
  • Support supervisor for Sharin McDowall – Ethnic diversity, corruption and financial development
  • Available to supervise students in industrial organisation and competition policy. 
  •  Associate Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/
  • European Association for Research in Industrial Economics, Network of Industrial Economists, Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 
  • Member, Network of Industrial Economists

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy. 

Refereed Journal Articles

  Learning and Teaching

  • Olczak M., (2014). Book review: The undercover economist strikes back: how to run or ruin an economy (by Tim Harford). Forthcoming in International Review of Economics Education
  • Olczak, M., (2014). Evaluating the impact of a web-based resource on student learning (link = http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1477388013000595). International Review of Economics Education, 16, 156-169
  • Jones, C., and Olczak, M. (2013). The impact of Aston Replay on student performance. Aston Business School Good Practice Guide in Learning and Teaching (vol. 10, pp. 1-6).
  • Olczak, M., (2012). Using an online resource to set assessed weekly quizzes, Aston Business School Good Practice Guide in Learning and Teaching, 9, 32-4. http://www1.aston.ac.uk/clipp/learning-innovation/ltr-good-practice-guides/

 Work in Progress

  • Garrod, L., and Olczak, M., (2014). Collusion under imperfect monitoring with asymmetric firms.
  • Garrod, L., and Olczak, M., (2014). Choosing between tacit and explicit collusion.
  • Bromfield, J., and Olczak, M., (2014). The role of the maverick firm concept in European Commission merger decisions.
  • Jones, C., and Olczak, M., (2014). The impact of lecture capture on student performance.
  • Olczak, M., (2011). The impact of recommended retail prices on bilateral bargaining and retail pricing.
  • Hviid, M., and Olczak, M., (2011). Raising rivals' fixed costs. 

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research