Joseph Podwol

Senior Economist


  • Washington


    • Cornell University, Ph.D.
    • Bradley University, B.S. (magna cum laude)

Joe Podwol focuses on antitrust litigation and merger investigations. Dr. Podwol led support for the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) expert in its successful challenge of the IQVIA/Propel Media merger and provided support to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) expert in its successful challenge of the JetBlue/Spirit merger.

Prior to joining Cornerstone Research, Dr. Podwol served for a decade as an economist at the Antitrust Division of the DOJ. In that role, he applied rigorous theoretical and empirical tools to analyze competition and enforcement issues in the airline, dairy, healthcare, pay television, and steel manufacturing industries, among others. He worked on various high-profile matters at the DOJ, including the American Airlines/JetBlue Northeast Alliance, CVS/Aetna, and DFA/Dean.

Dr. Podwol’s research has appeared in the Journal of Industrial Organization and the European Economic Review, as well as the Antitrust Division’s Discussion Paper Series. From 2017 to 2022, he served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he taught a postgraduate course in applied game theory. At Harvard Law School, he was a Victor Kramer Fellow, researching topics at the intersection of industrial organization and antitrust law.

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FTC v. IQVIA Holdings Inc. et al.

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Cornerstone Research Staff and Affiliated Experts Submit Comments on the Joint FTC-DOJ Draft Merger Guidelines


Recent Advances in Economic Methodology for Coordinated Effects

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Chris Lau and Joe Podwol Join Cornerstone Research