Matthew Backus is an empirical industrial organization economist with broad interests. Themes in his research include auctions, bargaining, productivity, online markets, inequality, and communication. Perhaps the most central and consistent element is his interest in antitrust economics, at the interface of data, economic theory, and policy. Matthew is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Economic Analysis and Policy Group at the Haas School of Business as well as the Economics Department at UC Berkeley. He is also a faculty research fellow of the industrial organization program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research affiliate of the industrial organization programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.