New Leadership in the Division: Nancy Rose

New Leadership in the Division: Nancy Rose

Division Update Spring 2015

Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nancy Rose

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Dr. Nancy Rose

Dr. Nancy L. Rose started in September 2014 as the Antitrust Division’s Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis. Dr. Rose supervises the Division’s economic work and provides advice to Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer on a wide range of merger and nonmerger investigations and policy initiatives.

Dr. Rose has had a lifelong interest in both public policy and public service, and sees her time at the Division as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “The combination of a terrific Front Office team, the exceptionally talented group of economists in the Economic Analysis Group (EAG), and the exciting work the Division has been doing in recent years was irresistible. It was clear to see that this was a position in which I could make a difference, and have a great time doing it.”

Dr. Rose has enjoyed her work over the past seven months. “EAG economists are recognized for their ability to get to the heart of the economic issues in matters they’re investigating. But they’re equally adept at engaging with leading-edge research. I’ve sat through decades of seminars with top academic economists,” she said. “I would put the EAG team up against any of those audiences in terms of engagement, critical thinking, and depth of industry expertise. Their value-added to discussions of current academic research is extraordinary.”

While studying economics and government in college, Dr. Rose was fascinated by the public policy and economics debates over deregulation in transportation, financial services, and the energy sector. Her early engagement with these issues involved government internships and work as a staff economist at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. She found her calling in the economics Ph.D. program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and pursued an academic career focused on research and teaching in regulatory economics and competition policy. Dr. Rose notes the importance of finding work to be passionate about. “When you love what you are doing and care about the result, it’s not really work.”

Dr. Rose has taken a leave of absence from MIT’s Department of Economics, where she is the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics. When accepting her current post, she stepped down as director of the National Bureau of Economic Research program in Industrial Organization, a position she had held since the program began in 1991. She is a past Vice President of the American Economic Association, and previously served as an independent director at Charles River Associates, Sentinel Investments and the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research.

Dr. Rose received her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1985, and an A.B. in economics and government from Harvard University. She has taught at MIT since 1985 in both the Department of Economics and the Sloan School of Management.