dsc_0444I am an associate professor of economics at Cornell, and a research associate at the NBER.

Short bio… I grew up in Trois-Rivières P.Q., and attended college at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. I then completed a Master in applied economics at HEC-Montréal, and a PhD at Queen’s University in Kingston. In between, I spent time at Cirano in Montréal. My first job after graduate school was at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. I then spent four years as an assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and finally moved to Ithaca in the summer of 2016.

My main research interest lies in the detection and measurement of market power. In the past, I have tackled questions related to spatial differentiation, collusion, vertical and horizontal mergers, price discrimination, and search frictions. I have studied these questions empirically by analyzing two industries: (i) gasoline retailing, and (ii) mortgage lending. I also have ongoing research projects studying technology diffusion (both online and offline), and differentiation in higher education markets. Recently, I started new projects studying the consequences of market power in the provision of sanitation services in Senegal, and vertical relations in the US electricity generation market.

Contact information

  • Department of Economics
  • Cornell University
  • 464 Uris Hall, 109 Tower Rd
  • Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
  • Email: houde@cornell.edu
  • Phone: 607-255-5030