William Breit is Professor Emeritus at Trinity University. He was the E.M. Stevens Distinguished Professor of Economics at Trinity from 1983-99 and the Vernon F. Taylor Distinguished Professor of Economics from 1999 until his retirement in May 2002. At Trinity, Dr. Breit has taught, among other things, the History of Economic Thought and Antitrust Economics.
Prior to coming at to Trinity University, Dr. Breit was on the faculty at the University of Virginia (1965-83) and Louisiana State University (1961-65).
Dr. Breit received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1961. In 1999, MSU presented Dr. Breit with its Distinguished Alumni Award.
As a scholar in economics, Dr. Breit has written about antitrust economics, market and non-market decision-making, and the history and intellectual development of modern economic thought. At Trinity University, he established the Nobel Laureate Lecture Series, which has brought 17 Nobel economists to campus and whose talks form the basis for the MIT volume, Lives of the Laureates currently in its fourth edition. Under the pen name Marshall Jevons, William Breit and Kenneth Elzinga developed the economist as sleuth in a series of mysteries solved with the knowledge and tools of economics. Dr. Breit is also a gifted communicator whose witty talks and lectures are peppered with clever insights into our human foibles.
In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Breit has authored, co-authored, or edited: The Academic Scribblers: American Economists in Collision; Readings in Microeconomics; The Antitrust Penalties: A Study in Law and Economics;and The Antitrust Casebook: Milestones in Economic Regulation.
Widely recognized in the profession, Dr. Breit has been singled out for many honors by his peers. He has served as President of the Southern Economics Association, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Evolutionary Economics, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award of the Southwestern Social Science Association, has been a member of various editorial boards over the years, and is a long-time member of the market oriented Mont Pelerin Society.