Kurt Richard Brekke

Professor, Head of Department Kurt Richard Brekke

E-mail
Kurt.Brekke@nhh.no
Telephone
+47 55 95 94 07
Department
Economics
Centre
CBE NoCeT
Office
E256
Expertise
Health Economics

BIOGRAPHY

Kurt R. Brekke is a Professor at the Department of Economics at NHH Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway (since 2009). He is currently Head of the Department of Economics at NHH from 2021 to 2025.

Brekke was chief economist at the Norwegian Competition Authority from 2016 to 2020. He has also been head of the Centre for Business Economics (2020-21), the IO & competition policy program at SNF (2014-16), and the Bergen Centre for Competition Law and Economics (2014-16). He is a research fellow at CESifo and BECCLE. He has also been associate editor for the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (2011-6) and member of the Governmental Committee on National Public Procurement Regulation (2012-2014). 

His main research field is industrial organization with a focus on competition and regulation policy, especially in healthcare and pharmaceutical markets. He has published extensively in international journals, including Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, European Economic Review, and has written several book chapters.

Brekke received a PhD in Economics from the University of Bergen in 2004.

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Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Brekke, Kurt Richard; Holmås, Tor Helge; Monstad, Karin; Straume, Odd Rune Do treatment decisions depend on physicians' financial incentives? Journal of Public Economics Volume 155; page 74 - 92; 2017
Brekke, Kurt Richard; Pires, Armando; Schindler, Dirk; Schjelderup, Guttorm Capital taxation and imperfect competition: ACE vs. CBIT Journal of Public Economics Volume 147; page 1 - 15; 2017
Brekke, Kurt Richard; Siciliani, Luigi; Straume, Odd Rune Hospital Mergers with Regulated Prices The Scandinavian Journal of Economics Volume 119 (3); page 597 - 627; 2017
Brekke, Kurt; Holmås, Tor Helge; Straume, Odd Rune Margins and market shares: Pharmacy incentives for generic substitution European Economic Review Volume 61; page 116 - 131; 2013
Brekke, Kurt; Holmås, Tor Helge; Straume, Odd Rune Reference pricing, competition, and pharmaceutical expenditures: theory and evidence from a natural experiment Journal of Public Economics Volume 95 (7-8); page 624 - 638; 2011
Brekke, Kurt; Siciliani, Luigi; Straume, Odd Rune Hospital Competition and Quality with Regulated Prices The Scandinavian Journal of Economics Volume 113 (2); page 444 - 469; 2011
Brekke, Kurt R.; Nuscheler, Robert; Straume, Odd Rune Quality and location choices under price regulation Journal of Economics and Management Strategy Volume 15 (1); page 207 - 227; 2006
Brekke, Kurt R.; Kuhn, Michael Direct to consumer advertising in pharmaceutical markets Journal of Health Economics Volume 25 (1); page 102 - 130; 2006
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 Research in progress

    1. "Hospital competition in the National Health Service: Evidence from a patient choice reform" (with C Canta, L Siciliani and OR Straume) Revise and resubmit in Journal of Health Economics
    2. "Does reference pricing drive out generic competition in pharmaceutical markets? Evidence from a policy reform" (with C Canta and OR Straume)
    3. “How to pay for drugs?” (with DM Dalen og OR Straume)

Published Work

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TEACHING AREAS

Competition Analysis, Industrial organisation

Dissemination

Brekke, K. R. & Straume, O. R. (2020, 9. august). Netflix-prising av legemidler kan ha birivkninger, Dagens Næringsliv.

Brekke, K. R. & Straume, O. R. (2020, 5. august). Netflix-metoden er neppe rett medisin, Dagens Næringsliv.

Svendsen, S. A. & Brekke, K. R. (2020, 8. juli). Ikke sett konkurransen på spill, Dagens Næringsliv.

Brekke, K. R. (2020, 28. januar). Vi har ikke amerikanske "monopoltendenser" i norsk økonomi, Dagens Næringsliv.

Høiland, J. K. & Brekke, K. R. (2020, 23. januar). Feil behandling av legemiddelmangel, Dagens Medisin. 

Brekke, K. R. (2019, 6. desember). Vi trenger flere leger, ikke dyrere leger, Dagens Næringsliv.

Brekke, K. R. (2019, 23. januar). Fastleger på fastlønn er neppe løsningen, Dagens Næringsliv.

Brekke, K. R. (2018, 20. oktober) Vi får mer medisin for pengene, Bergens Tidende.

Brekke, K. R. & Reiso, K. (2018, 29. juli). Roboter, pris og fremtidens kartell, Dagens Næringsliv.

Brekke, K. R. (2017, 4. mars). Gigantkonsern er feil medisin, Dagens Næringsliv