Economic Analysis Group

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The core of the Economic Analysis Group (EAG) consists of roughly 50 Ph.D. economists, complemented by our research analyst team and financial analysts. The group is led by a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics who is traditionally a prominent academic on leave to the Government.

While most economists in the Division have backgrounds in Industrial Organization, we hire strong applied microeconomics candidates from a variety of fields ranging from experimental economics to trade. EAG is fortunate to attract highly skilled individuals who are motivated by their very real opportunities to effect positive change in our economy, and who value and support each other as colleagues.

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Antitrust analysis studies and predicts the economic effects of strategic firm behavior and changes in industry structure. Economists work in teams with attorneys in the Division on every civil investigation of proposed mergers or possible anticompetitive business conduct by firms (such as exclusive contracts and loyalty discounts). We spend time in the beginning of an investigation interviewing executives at firms and evaluating company documents and data to determine the best way to model the industry and identify potentially dispositive facts and empirical projects.

Economists are responsible for defining the potential competitive theories of harm at the start of an investigation and shaping projects to test those theories, working with both public data and confidential information obtained from industry participants. Economists brief the Division’s top decision makers during the course of an investigation and make a recommendation on whether to challenge the merger or conduct. When the Division challenges the conduct, economists support and prepare expert economic testimony and work as members of the case team on the trial strategy and execution.

In addition to work on merger and conduct cases, there are formal and informal opportunities to pursue personal research projects. The Division encourages economists to publish and participate in conferences. Economists also help shape and articulate public Division recommendations on competition issues. In recent years, such issues have included the appropriate antitrust analysis of intellectual property issues and of standards-setting bodies.

Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis

Vacant

Vacant
Deputy Assistant Attorney General
for Economic Analysis

The Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis has supervisory and management responsibility for EAG. This noncareer appointee position is typically filled by a visiting academic economist.

Economics Director of Enforcement

William R. Majure, Economics Director of Enforcement

W. Robert Majure
Economics Director of Enforcement

 

The Economics Director of Enforcement is a senior economist who works alongside the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis to supervise the contributions of all three EAG sections.

 

Organization

EAG is made up of three sections of economists: Competition Policy, Economic Litigation, and Economic Regulatory Section. As a practical matter, we work as one team. Economists take on work in any of the three sections, flexibly matching their individual skills and interest to the unique features of investigations in a wide and ever-changing variety of industries.

Competition Policy Section

Ronald Drennan

Ronald Drennan
Section Chief

Nicholas Hill
Assistant Section Chief

Economic Litigation Section

Norman Familant

Norman Familant
Section Chief

Aditi Mehta
Assistant Section Chief

Economic Regulatory Section

Elizabeth Armington

Elizabeth Armington
Section Chief

Jeffrey Wilder
Assistant Section Chief

 

The EAG Community

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Get to know some of the Division's staff economists on our Faces of EAG page.

Economic Analysis Group Papers: EAG periodically posts discussion papers and publishes annual review and other articles.

Division Update Spring 2016 and 2017: The Division's spring newsletters featured several EAG economists.

Diane S. Owen, "Economists in the Antitrust Division," Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession Newsletter, June 2016.

Job Opportunities

The Division offers job opportunities for new and experienced economists, visiting economists, and research analysts.

Updated April 11, 2017