Kurt Richard Brekke

Professor (on leave) Kurt Richard Brekke

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Competition Economics Industrial Organization Tax and Public Economics Health Economics


Kurt R. Brekke is a professor at NHH since 2009. He is currently on leave as chief economist at the Norwegian Competition Authority. 

His research interests are in the field of industrial organization with a particular focus on the markets for healthcare and pharmaceuticals. He has published extensively in international peer-review journals, and written several book chapters and research reports.
Brekke is affiliated to several research centers, including CESifo Institute, Centre for Applied Research (SNF), Bergen Centre of Competition Law & Economics (BECCLE), and Uni Rokkan Centre for Social Sciences.
Brekke received a PhD in Economics from the University of Bergen in 2004.

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Brekke, Kurt Richard, Canta, Chiara, Straume, Odd Rune Reference pricing with endogenous generic entry Journal of Health Economics Volume 50, page 312 - 329, 2016
Brekke, Kurt Richard, Levaggi, Rosella, Siciliani, Luigi, Straume, Odd Rune Patient mobility and health care quality when regions and patients differ in income Journal of Health Economics Volume 50, page 372 - 387, 2016
Brekke, Kurt, Holmås, Tor Helge, Straume, Odd Rune Margins and market shares: Pharmacy incentives for generic substitution European Economic Review Volume 61, page 116 - 131, 2013
Brekke, Kurt, Holmås, Tor Helge, Straume, Odd Rune Reference pricing, competition, and pharmaceutical expenditures: theory and evidence from a natural experiment Journal of Public Economics Volume 95 (7-8), page 624 - 638, 2011
Brekke, Kurt, Siciliani, Luigi, Straume, Odd Rune Hospital Competition and Quality with Regulated Prices The Scandinavian Journal of Economics Volume 113 (2), page 444 - 469, 2011
Brekke, Kurt R., Kuhn, Michael Direct to consumer advertising in pharmaceutical markets Journal of Health Economics Volume 25 (1), page 102 - 130, 2006
Brekke, Kurt R., Nuscheler, Robert, Straume, Odd Rune Quality and location choices under price regulation Journal of Economics and Management Strategy Volume 15 (1), page 207 - 227, 2006
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Research in progress

  • "Capital taxation and imperfect competition: ACE vs. CBIT"  (with Armando J. Garcia Pires, Dirk Schindler, and Guttorm Schjelderup). Forthcoming Journal of Public Economics


Competition Analysis, Industrial organisation