John Asker

Armen A. Alchian Chair in Economic Theory and Professor of Economics,
University of California, Los Angeles;
Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Research

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John Asker is an expert in antitrust and competition economics. He has testified as an expert witness and served as an economic consultant and advisor to both federal and state regulatory agencies.

Professor Asker conducts research related to antitrust policy, cartel behavior, vertical restraints, auction design, firm-level productivity, and the effects of industry subsidies. He also has expertise at the intersection of financial markets and antitrust.

Professor Asker was retained by counsel for SoftBank and Sprint Corporation in the $26 billion T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The U.S. Department of Justice retained him as a consulting expert to evaluate potential competitive effects of the then-proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont. He served as an expert for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in the matter of the AT&T–DirecTV merger. He has coauthored several amicus briefs presented before the U.S. Supreme Court and federal appellate courts.

Professor Asker has held editorial positions at the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, the RAND Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Industrial Economics. His research has been published in leading economics journals, including the Journal of Political Economy and the American Economic ReviewWho’s Who Legal has named Professor Asker as a leading competition economist, as well as a Thought Leader and Future Leader in the competition field.

Professor Asker has taught graduate-level courses in antitrust policy, industrial organization, and strategy. He also regularly lectures on antitrust topics, including to U.S. federal agencies, as part of the American Bar Association’s continuing legal education programs, and as a participant in academic conferences. Professor Asker has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics, the Department of Economics at Harvard, and Yale Law School. Before joining the faculty of UCLA, he was an associate professor of economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University.


Antitrust Expert Spotlight: John Asker

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WWL: Global Leader Competition—Economists 2022

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2022 WWL: Thought Leaders–Competition

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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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Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2021—Economists

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Cornerstone Research Staff and Experts Submit Comments to Multilateral Pharmaceutical Merger Task Force

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Cornerstone Research Named to Chambers and Partners Litigation Support 2021

  • “Artificial Intelligence and Pricing: The Impact of Algorithm Design,” 19th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC), 30 April 2021
  • “Competition in Pricing Algorithms,” Thirteenth Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference, 5 November 2020
  • “Antitrust in the Financial Sector: Hot Issues and Global Perspectives,” 23 May 2017
  • Antitrust and Regulation in Financial Markets: Navigating New Challenges, Cornerstone Research and the NYU Pollack Center for Law & Business, 19 May 2016
  • “Antitrust Economics for Young (and Old) Lawyers,” 42nd Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy, Fordham University School of Law, 30 September 2015
  • “The AT&T–DirecTV Transaction,” Eighth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy, Northwestern University, 18 September 2015
  • “Multiproduct-Firm Oligopoly: An Aggregate Games Approach,” Eighth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy, Northwestern University, 18 September 2015
  • Seventh Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference, 16 October 2014