Silke Forbes is a Visiting Associate Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an Associate Professor of Economics at Tufts University. She has previously held faculty appointments at the University of California, San Diego, and at Case Western Reserve University.
Forbes received her PhD from MIT and an MA from the University of Mannheim, both in economics. She has received a faculty research grant from the National Science Foundation, graduate student fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and MIT, and a fellowship from the German National Merit Foundation.
Her research interests are in at the intersection of industrial organization and organizational economics. Her work has investigated the determinants and consequences of vertical integration, competition spillovers to complementary industries, how firms respond to ‘light-touch’ regulation such as information disclosure requirements, and the interaction of switching costs and inattention.
Her work has been published in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal - Microeconomics, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and the Journal of Industrial Economics.