Meghan Busse

Kellogg School of Management

Northwestern University

@profbusse Website

Professor Busse’s research focuses on market structure and competition, with particular interest in pricing and price discrimination. She has studied these issues in a variety of industries, including cellular telephones, airlines, coal, and natural gas. Her recent work has focused on the automobile industry, investigating both promotional strategies and environmental issues associated with cars and car purchasing behavior.

Vote History

Statement Vote Confidence Comments
The Business Roundtable’s new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation indicates a shift away from shareholder value maximization as the sole purpose of the corporation and toward a broader view of value creation.
This shift will have material impact on the well-being of U.S. workers.
Neither Agree nor Disagree 7 “A true broadening of the objectives of firms would improve the well-being of workers. But it remains to be seen how many of the CEOs who signed the statement are truly committed to making such changes, and also how many of them will find they are able to — given pressures from inside the firm, pressures from financial markets, and their own career ambitions.”
In the next decade, we will see the first sustainably profitable private commercial activities in space. Neither Agree nor Disagree 2 “The bigger question is not whether there can be privately profitable commercial activity in space, but whether sufficiently foresighted policy will exist to keep those activities from creating an orbiting tragedy of the commons. Space junk is already a threat in key orbits, and without effective regulation or cooperation, it is likely to become a bigger problem.”
A hard Brexit will have a significant negative impact on many businesses, even if they do not have a U.K. or European presence. Agree 5 “As we have seen recently in the U.S., an abrupt change in the terms of trade can have rippling effects that can be hard to predict. It is easy to guess which firms will be affected most directly, but the full path of adjustment is much harder to predict.”
In the absence of a carbon tax, industry self-regulation can help mitigate the worst fallout from climate change. Strongly Disagree 8 “Past examples of industries who collectively undertook actions that were costly to themselves purely for the benefit of society are pretty scarce. Firms will do things that are profit opportunities or that are required of them. The sheer magnitude of adaptation that is necessary to prevent climate change will only happen if regulations force firms and consumers to do what they wouldn’t otherwise do.”
Amazon’s new $15 per hour minimum wage will force other companies to follow suit. Disagree 4 “It may well be that other companies will also be increasing their minimum wages, but if so, it is more likely because of a tight labor market than it is a direct, causal response to Amazon’s decision to do so.”
Restrictions on skilled immigration will cause US firms to to shift more operations overseas. Did Not Answer
Uber has to develop self-driving cars in the next 10 years in order to remain viable. Strongly Disagree 2 “It may be that Uber will need to be using self-driving cars 10 years from now in order to remain viable, but it seems very unlikely that Uber will need to develop those cars itself.”
A trade war will be more disruptive to business than to consumers. Agree 6 “Some businesses will suffer concentrated losses — especially businesses that see overseas demand shrink or input costs rise. This will be more disruptive than the diffuse losses suffered by consumers.”