Professor Phelan has his B.S. and MA degree in economics from Indiana University and his Ph.D in economics from George Washington University. Dr. Phelan’s teaching responsibilities include micro and macro economics; industrial organization and public policy. Prior to coming to UNH, Dr. Phelan was a senior economist with the Federal Trade Commission and then was an executive assistant to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services between 1981 and 1989. While working for the Secretary of HHS, Dr. Phelan’s primary responsibilities involved assisting the Secretary with respect to regulatory policies – primarily those dealing with the Food and Drug Administration. Research interests include the economics of information and industrial organization. His most recent research is concerned with the costs and benefits of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. During the past two years Dr. Phelan has also served as chairman of the UNH faculty senate.