Francine Lafontaine

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Francine LaFontaine

Professor of Economics

Michigan Business School
701 Tappan St.
Ross Building, R6390, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Office Location(s): Ross School of Business, R6390
Phone: 734.647.4915
Fax: 734.936.8715
laf@umich.edu
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Curriculum Vitae

  • Affiliation(s)
    • William Davidson Professor, Ross School of Business and Public Policy
      Chair of Business Economics
  • Fields of Study
    • Industrial Organization
  • About

    Professor Lafontaine's areas of interest include Industrial Organization, Vertical Relationships, Contracting and Franchising, and Entrepreneurship. My research is mostly concerned with the application of advances in contract theory and vertical relationships to the analysis of franchising arrangements. I also study contracts and the role of owner operators in the trucking industry, the effect of contracting practices on firm performance, as well as issues surrounding business creation and survival in retail and small-scale service industries.

  • Education
    • PhD, University of British Columbia, 1988