At a Glance
- Career History:
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics,
Department of Justice
Antitrust Division (2009-present); Professor of Business Strategy and Economics, University of California at Berkeley (1990-present); Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics, Department of Justice Antitrust Division (1995-1996)
- Alma Mater: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. 1976; University of California at Berkeley, M.A., 1977; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 1981
Path To Power
Shapiro began his academic career at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, where he studied mathematics and economics. He excelled in his studies, earning admission to the university's Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi chapters.
After he graduated, a fellowship took Shapiro to the University of California at Berkeley for the first time. He earned his master's in mathematics, but after a year returned to the East Coast and MIT to complete a Ph.D. in economics. He studied under Richard Schmalensee (who served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to1991) and, during one summer, worked as an economist at the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics.
The Council for Economic Advisors oversees the whole spectrum of economic issues that face the president." Shapiro's career so far should have prepared to take on this challenge: he has a reputation as a first-rate economist and has worked outside of academia, both within the government and as a consultant to some of the largest and most profitable companies in the country.
The Network Economy
As a deputy assistant attorney general in the Clinton administration, Shapiro helped prosecute the landmark case, U.S. v. Microsoft.
The University of California at Berkeley, where Shapiro was a professor, has lent the federal government a number of its economics professors. In the 1990s, two colleagues with whom Shapiro worked closely with, Richard Gilbert and Michael Katz, worked in Washington. Christina Romer, who stepped down as chair of the Council on Economic Advisors, is also a professor at Berkeley.
Shapiro's thesis advisor at the Masschusetts Institute of Technology, Richard Schmalensee, served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1991.
Shapiro has donated more than $20,000 to the DNC Services Corp since 2004. He contributed the maximum allowable amount, $2,300 in the primary and $2,300 in the genera election, to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
He also also supported Barbara Boxer, the DSCC, the DCCC, John Kerry's 2004 campaign, and a handful of other Democratic candidates. His total political giving over the past decade exceeds $50,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.