Aviv Nevo

George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor,
Professor of Economics and Marketing,
The Wharton School and Department of Economics,
University of Pennsylvania;
Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice;
Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Research

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Aviv Nevo was formerly chief economist at the Antitrust Division at the DOJ, where he advised on merger, as well as civil and criminal, investigations. He led the division’s Economic Analysis Group of over sixty Ph.D. economists and statistical analysts. Professor Nevo has been retained as an expert by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and private firms in cases related to antitrust merger review, conduct investigations of dominant firms, and antitrust and other litigation matters.

Professor Nevo testified as the U.S. government’s economic expert in the proposed $37 billion merger between health insurers Aetna and Humana in 2016, and in the proposed $400 million acquisition of Drew Marine Group by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services in 2018. He has analyzed competitive effects for merging parties in numerous matters, including Cigna/Express Scripts, Walt Disney/21st Century Fox, Big Tex Trailers/American Trailer Works, and Commercial Metals Company/Gerdau S.A.

Professor Nevo’s academic work lies at the intersection of industrial organization, marketing, and econometrics. He is a pioneer in using data to analyze consumer preferences and decision making. He has published extensively on methods that can be used to assess market power and mergers, particularly in the context of differentiated products. His research includes studies of consumer packaged goods, retailing, real estate brokerages, healthcare, and telecommunications.

Professor Nevo is the director of the Wharton Competition and Policy Initiative. He currently serves as a coeditor of Econometrica and previously served as a coeditor of the RAND Journal of Economics and editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, and is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Who’s Who Legal has recognized Professor Nevo as a leading competition economist and a Thought Leader in the competition field. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Northwestern University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Antitrust Expert Spotlight: Aviv Nevo

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WWL: Global Leader Competition—Economists 2022

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Cornerstone Research Staff and Affiliated Experts Submit Comments to the Joint FTC-DOJ Inquiry on Merger Enforcement

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2022 Antitrust Writing Awards


Cornerstone Research Experts in Focus: FTC Withdrawal from U.S. Vertical Merger Guidelines


If Breaking Up Is the Answer, Then What Is the Question?

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Cornerstone Research Recognized in GCR 2021 Behavioural Matter of the Year – Americas

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2021 Who’s Who Legal: Consulting Experts

  • “Merger Control: New Challenges Ahead,” 10th Bill Kovacic Antitrust Salon, 12 September 2022
  • “Economics and Competition Policy,” Plenary session at 20th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC), 14 May 2022
  • “Do Experts Still Matter at Trial?” American Bar Association’s 70th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, 6 April 2022
  • “Advances in the Analysis of Competition Policy and Regulation,” CRESSE 2021: 15th International Conference on Competition and Regulation, 3 September 2021
  • “Should the Findings from Merger Retrospectives Influence Horizontal Merger Policy, And If So, How?,” Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century, Federal Trade Commission, 12 April 2019
  • “Antitrust Goals (and Is Big Bad?),” Was It All That Bad? U.S. Federal Antitrust Policy Since 1980, George Washington University Law School conference, 20 November 2017
  • “Testifying Experts Draw Lessons from Recent Healthcare Mergers,” Cornerstone Research, 4 May 2017
  • “Applying Advanced Empirical Methods,” 42nd Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, Fordham University School of Law, 30 September 2015
  • “Role of Economics at DOJ and Bargaining Power in Merger Analysis,” Chicago Forum on International Antitrust Issues, 9 June 2015
  • “Empirical Industrial Organization and Competition Policy,” 12th Annual Association of Competition Economics (ACE) Conference, 5 December 2014
  • “Data, Econometrics, and Competition Policy,” DSI Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Virginia, 20 November 2014
  • “Public Interest and Academic Perspectives,” Department of Justice Antitrust Division Workshop on the Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines, 11 March 2020
  • “Views from the Trenches: Anthem/CIGNA and Aetna/Humana,” American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, 11 April 2018
  • “The Anthem–Cigna & Aetna–Humana Mergers: A Post Mortem,” Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 14 September 2017
  • “A Call for Harmonization: Towards Regional Regulators or Comity?,” 120 Merger Regimes: Multinational Deals in a World of Non-Convergence conference, George Washington University Law School and Concurrences Review, 19 September 2016
  • “The AT&T–DirecTV Transaction,” Eighth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy, Northwestern University, 18 September 2015
  • “Merger Review in Rapidly Evolving Industries,” GCR Live Fourth Annual Antitrust Law Leaders Forum, 6 February 2015
  • “Effects-Based Analysis of Exclusionary Pricing Practices—Back to Square One?,” 12th Annual Association of Competition Economics (ACE) Conference, 5 December 2014