Sean Nicholson

Professor, Department of Economics,
Professor, Brooks School of Public Policy,
Director, Sloan Program in Health Administration,
Cornell University;
Senior Advisor, Cornerstone Research

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Sean Nicholson is an expert in the analysis of pharmaceutical competition, innovation, and pricing. In pharmaceutical and healthcare matters, Professor Nicholson has provided expert testimony in antitrust and competition, product misrepresentation, fraudulent pricing, kickback, patent infringement, trade secrets, and breach of contract matters. He has testified at trial in federal and state courts and before the International Trade Commission.

Professor Nicholson conducts research on innovation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and the value of new medical technologies. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served as a research director of the Upstate Health Research Network.

Widely published, Professor Nicholson’s research has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Handbook of Health Economics, among others. He is a former associate editor of Health Economics.

Professor Nicholson teaches in the department of economics and the Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University. Before joining the Cornell faculty, he taught courses on healthcare systems at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Nicholson has received several awards for excellence in teaching.


Bringing New Science to Market


Alleged Kickbacks to Physicians by a Healthcare Company


Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets for a Drug in Development


Section 337 Unfair Import Investigation of Medical Devices


Reverse Payments Settlement Analysis


Cornerstone Research Coauthors Antitrust Amicus Curiae Brief for U.S. Third Circuit


Cornerstone Research Coauthors Antitrust Amicus Brief for Supreme Court