Economic Analysis Group

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.


Charles Taragin

Economic Research

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.

More on economic research at EAG.

Recent Discussion Papers

Analyzing Vertical Mergers with Auctions Upstream December 2021

Franchise Termination Laws, Craft Brewery Entry and Growth November 2021

Three Economist’s Tools for Antitrust and Merger Analysis: Case Applications June 2021

On the Economics of the Restructuring of World Railways, with a Focus on Russia January 2021

Paul Romer

In the News

As part of the Antitrust Division’s Jackson-Nash Address Series, 2018 Nobel Laureate Paul Romer spoke on a number of topics, including his affidavit in the Microsoft antitrust case.

EAG Year in Review

Economics at the Antitrust Division: 2020–2021

Economics at the Antitrust Division: 2019–2020

Economics at the Antitrust Division 2018–2019: Telecommunications and Healthcare

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Additional Information

About EAG

 Monica Nehls and Gloria Sheu

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.

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Using economic theory and the evolving empirical tools of our trade, EAG studies the strategies of firms and the dynamics of industries.

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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.

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Related pages:

Sections and Offices

Antitrust Division Leadership, Section, and Office Directory: Contains contact information for each section and office.

Division Manual: Chapter 1, Organization and Functions of the Antitrust Division

Updated December 29, 2021

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