William J. Adams

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William J. Adams

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies

611 Tappan Street
262 Lorch Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220

Office Location(s): 262 Lorch Hall
Phone: 734.764.5273
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Economics
    • Director, Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
  • Fields of Study
    • Industrial Organization
      The European Economy
  • About

    Jim Adams studies and teaches industrial organization (the sources and uses of market power) and the European economy (European economic integration, the French economy). Currently, he is working on "New Prescriptions for the Pharmaceutical Industry."

    Born in New York City and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Jim Adams received three degrees in economics (AB summa cum laude, AM, and PhD) from Harvard University.  Since 1973, he has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he is now Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Economics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A).  Adams has won numerous prizes for his teaching, including the Amoco Foundation Award and the Golden Apple Award.  The University of Michigan nominated him in 2007 for the U.S. Professors of the Year Award (sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning) and then in 2008 for the Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award (sponsored by the Presidents’ Council of the State Universities of Michigan).  In his research, Adams has ranged broadly, from public policies toward business in the United States to economic integration in Europe.  His monograph, Restructuring the French Economy: Government and the Rise of Market Competition since World War II, is cited by economists, historians, and political scientists on both sides of the Atlantic.  Adams has served the University of Michigan in numerous capacities, including as Director of the Center for West European Studies, as a member of the LS&A executive committee, and as LS&A’s associate dean for faculty affairs.  Outside the University of Michigan, he has held visiting professorships at Harvard, Aix-Marseille, Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne, the European University Institute in Florence, Basel, and Paris Dauphine.  He has been affiliated with the Brookings Institution in Washington, the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and the Jean Monnet Foundation in Switzerland.  He has advised the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Ambassador to France, and several foreign policy departments of the U.S. government.  In 2007, he delivered the Guido Carli Lecture at the Libera Università Internationale degli Studi Sociali in Rome.  The father of two grown sons, Jim Adams is married to a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., Economics, Harvard University, 1973
    • A.M., Economics, Harvard University, 1971
    • A.B., Economics, Harvard University, 1969
  • Awards
    • Advisory Committee, CES/EUC, 1999-2005
    • EUC co-director ex officio, 2001-2
  • Administrative Staff Contact For the Undergraduate Program
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