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 specializes in the analysis of pharmaceutical competition, innovation, and pricing. In pharmaceutical and healthcare matters, he has provided expert testimony related to antitrust and competition, product misrepresentation, fraudulent pricing, patent infringement, trade secrets, and breach of contract. He has testified at trial in federal and state court and in front of the International Trade Commission. Professor Nicholson is currently conducting research in three areas: the causes of regional variations in medical spending, the value of new medical technologies, and innovation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Professor Nicholson teaches in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Nicholson has served as an associate editor of Health Economics and as a research director of the Upstate Health Research Network. His research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Handbook of Health Economics, among many publications. He also cosigned an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis.

Before joining the faculty at Cornell University in 2004, Professor Nicholson taught as an assistant professor of Health Care Systems at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received several awards for his teaching.


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