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Expert Analysis Group

The Expert 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. We are a group of approximately 50 Ph.D. economists, complemented by statisticians, data scientists, and financial analysts. Economists here analyze the competitive effects of horizontal and vertical mergers and of potentially anticompetitive business practices. We 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. Our analysis plays a central role in enforcement efforts to protect competition and benefit consumers through low prices, high quality, and innovation.

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EAG is led by the Chief Economist, the Principal Economist, and career managers. The positions of Chief and Principal Economist are typically filled by prominent economists on leave from an academic post.

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Featured Cases
U.S. v. United States Sugar Corp., et al.

The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to stop United States Sugar Corporation (U.S. Sugar) from acquiring its rival, Imperial Sugar Company (Imperial Sugar).

U.S. v. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Penguin Random House LLC, ViacomCBS, and Simon & Schuster, Inc.

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block Penguin Random House’s proposed acquisition of its close competitor, Simon & Schuster.

U.S. v. Sabre Corp., et al.

The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit seeking to block Sabre Corporation’s $360 million acquisition of Farelogix, Inc.