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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Education

John Asker is a leading expert in antitrust and competition economics. Professor Asker focuses on topics related to antitrust policy, cartel behavior, vertical restraints, auction design, firm-level productivity, industry subsidy effects, and artificial intelligence (AI) pricing mechanisms. He also has experience with issues at the intersection of financial markets and antitrust.

An experienced expert witness, he has provided testimony in numerous high-profile matters. Counsel for Meta retained Professor Asker to assess competitive effects in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) review of Meta’s $1 billion acquisition of Kustomer. He was retained by counsel for SoftBank and Sprint Corporation in the $26 billion T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Professor Asker provided written testimony to the World Trade Organization on behalf of the Canadian government in the U.S.–Canada softwood lumber dispute.

Professor Asker has served as an economic consultant to both federal and state regulatory agencies. In the AT&T/DirecTV merger, he served as an expert for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Department of Justice retained him to evaluate potential competitive effects of the then-proposed merger between Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont. 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 Review. Who’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. Global Competition Review recognized him in its inaugural list of the world’s most important antitrust academics.

Professor Asker has taught courses in antitrust policy, industrial organization, and strategy. He also speaks on antitrust topics, including to U.S. federal agencies, and has been a visiting scholar at the FTC’s Bureau of Economics, the Department of Economics at Harvard, and Yale Law School.

Before joining the UCLA faculty, Professor Asker was an associate professor of economics at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Case

EFN West Palm Motor Sales LLC v. Hyundai Motor America Corp. et al.

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Cornerstone Research Affiliated Experts Named to Global Competition Review’s Inaugural List of Leading Antitrust Academics

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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

Case

Meta/Kustomer Merger

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Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2021—Economists

  • “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