Nancy Rose, New Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics

Mon Oct 27 14:47:00 EDT 2014
By Dr. Elizabeth M. Bailey with Dr. Tracy Orcholski

This article from The Antitrust Source examines the academic research and experience of Professor Nancy Rose, who on 8 September 2014 became the new Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) for Economic Analysis in the US Department of Justice's (DOJ) Antitrust Division. Professor Rose currently is on leave from the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and previously served as the Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research Program in Industrial Organization and as a member of the Board of Directors for an economic consulting firm.

The authors note that the majority of Professor Rose's research has focused on industries in which the federal government historically has had some degree of control over pricing, especially the US airline and electric utility industries, both of which are industries in which the DOJ's Antitrust Division acts as an advocate for competition. Earlier work of Professor Rose's studied the effect of regulation in the US trucking and commercial space satellite industries, two other industries for which the Antitrust Division advocates.

The authors describe her academic research in these areas and provide some thoughts on how this experience may influence the questions the DOJ's Economic Analysis Group will ask and the types of analyses the group will perform during her time as a DAAG.