Silke Forbes, Ph.D.

Academic Affiliate,
Economics research on Airlines and Health Insurance

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in Economics)


Silke Forbes is currently an associate professor of Economics at Tufts University and editor of the Journal of Economics and Statistics Teaching.


  • Economic Analysis for Business Decisions (MBA Core, MIT Sloan, 2020)
  • Econometrics (Tufts, 2017 – present)
  • Economics of Management and Strategy (Tufts, 2017 – present)
  • Economics for Managers (MBA Core, CWRU), 2013 - 2017
  • Economics of Network Industries (Undergraduate Elective, UCSD), 2006-11
  • Industrial Organization (Ph.D. Elective, UCSD), 2004-12
  • Intermediate Microeconomics (Undergraduate Core, UCSD), 2004-12
  • Introductory Microeconomics (Undergraduate Core, CWRU and MIT), 2002 and 2014 - 2017

Working papers

  • “Do Horizontal Mergers Affect Vertical Relationships?”
  • “Adapting to a Supply Shock: Evidence from the Grounding of the 737 MAX”, joint with Yongjoon Park (UMass Amherst)


  • “The Effect of Accidents on Aircraft Manufacturers’ Competition”, with Wouter Dewulf and Yufei Li, in: The Air Transportation Industry: Economic Conflict and Competition, Elsevier, 2021.
  • “Quality Disclosure Programs and Internal Organizational Practices: Evidence from Airline Flight Delays”, joint with Mara Lederman and Trevor Tombe, American Economic Journal – Microeconomics 7(2), 1-26, May 2015 (Lead Article).
  • “Contract Form and Technology Adoption in a Network Industry,” joint with Mara Lederman, Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization 29(2), 385-413, April 2013.
  • “Does Vertical Integration Affect Firm Performance? Evidence from the Airline Industry”, joint with Mara Lederman, RAND Journal of Economics 41(4), Winter 2010, pp. 765-790.
  • “Adaptation and Vertical Integration in the Airline Industry”, joint with Mara Lederman, American Economic Review 99 (5), December 2009, 1831-1849


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in Economics)

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