The Economic Analysis Group (EAG) of the Antitrust Division is one of the world’s leading venues for developing and applying economics to real world questions of competition. Economists here routinely incorporate internal corporate data, business documents, and information from interviews of executives to understand and model competition from a perspective that is unavailable in typical academic settings. As a result, EAG economists can develop a uniquely relevant understanding of firm conduct in a wide variety of industries—from traditional manufacturing to high tech. Our analysis plays a central role in enforcement efforts to protect competition and benefit consumers through low prices, high quality, and innovation.
EAG has a seminar series that features the latest work of academics and other researchers, a release time program to grant formal time away from casework to pursue research, and an active discussion paper series.
Recent Discussion Papers
In the News
To recognize the central role of economics in pursuing its mission, the Antitrust Division recently launched the “Jackson-Nash Address” series, with Nobel Laureate Professor Alvin Roth of Stanford University delivering the inaugural address.
EAG Year in Review
We are a group of approximately 50 Ph.D. economists, complemented by research and financial analysts. We analyze the competitive effects of horizontal and vertical mergers and of potentially anticompetitive business practices.
Using economic theory and the evolving empirical tools of our trade, EAG studies the strategies of firms and the dynamics of industries.
EAG is led by career managers and the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics. The Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics is a prominent industrial organization economist, typically on leave from an academic post.