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Division Update Spring 2013

New Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis

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On April 1, 2013, Dr. Aviv Nevo joined the Antitrust Division as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) for Economic Analysis. His primary responsibilities include supervising the Division’s economic sections and advising Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer on both merger and civil nonmerger investigations. Nevo is currently on leave from Northwestern University, where he has been a professor of economics since 2004.

In his new role as DAAG, Nevo leads and manages the Division’s approximately 50 Ph.D. economists, who, along with support staff, make up the Division’s Economic Analysis Group (EAG). EAG is composed of three sections—the Economic Litigation Section, the Economic Regulatory Section, and the Competition Policy Section—which provide economic analysis for all civil enforcement, regulatory proceedings, and competition advocacy matters. Nevo, with assistance from Economics Director of Enforcement W. Robert “Bob” Majure, directs and oversees staff’s approach, findings, and analysis of matters and sets priorities for economic research.

Despite having only recently arrived at the Division, Nevo is excited to jump headfirst into EAG’s work. “I’m thrilled to be working with this incredibly talented group of economists. They have a strong commitment to public service and the research and analysis they perform is essential to protecting a competitive marketplace,” said Nevo.

EAG’s economists assist the Division’s legal teams from the initial investigative stage of matters through to a final resolution. Typically, teams of economists are drawn from the various economic sections and assigned to matters based on their individual industry expertise, ensuring that each matter receives a thorough economic review by experts in that particular industry.

The Division’s economists are encouraged to publish both discussion and competition advocacy papers. These papers allow the Division’s economists to pursue personal research interests and stimulate discussion on economic issues related to specific industries and antitrust policy.

Over the past year, EAG’s work has touched on a wide array of economic issues, including the use of most-favored-nation (MFN) clauses and the effects of standards essential patents on competition.

As an academic, Nevo has been a pioneer in the use of data to analyze consumer preferences. He has written extensively on economic issues such as consumer behavior, market power, and imperfect competition.

In addition to being a professor at Northwestern University, Nevo also has been a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2003. Before taking up his position at Northwestern University, Nevo taught at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1997, as well as a master’s degree in economics from Harvard in 1994. He also earned B.S. degrees in mathematics and economics from Tel-Aviv University in 1991.

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