by Sandy Ikeda
Back in the early 1980s I took Industrial Organization (two semesters) with Mario in which I got a decent grounding (and not a bad grade) in Chicago-style I.O. and antitrust, which unlike Chicago-style pizza is not too messy or excessively deep. This has served me well in analyzing some economic problems and policies, such as why people tend to be more productive in coffeehouses than at home. I also took a semester of Economic Analysis of Law with him – something, something, transactions costs, something…. In each of those courses, Mario’s approach was to present a well-prepared lecture followed by questions and discussion, using somewhat of a Socratic style. If not always eloquent, they were engaging and insightful.