Dr. Ai Deng

Associate Director


Washington, DC
Tel: +1 202 466 9210

Email: ai.deng@nera.com
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PhD in economics, Boston University
BA in economics, Chongqing University


Dr. Deng is an Associate Director in NERA’s Antitrust and Competition Practice. His background spans the fields of litigation consulting and academic research.

With an expertise in econometrics and data analysis, Dr. Deng has studied and analyzed some of the largest price fixing and market manipulation cases in the past decade. He has also worked extensively with government agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodities Futures Trade Commission (CFTC), and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). He has experience across a number of industries, including high-tech, financial (including commodities), chemical, vitamins, and energy industries.

Dr. Deng is an external expert for the Romanian National Council for Scientific Research, a lecturer at the Advanced Academic Program, John Hopkins University, and an editor of the American Bar Association's publication Antitrust Source. His academic publications include journal articles on econometrics and statistics and book chapters on fraud detection. In addition to his academic publications, Dr. Deng’s research on antitrust topics has appeared in Journal of Competition Law & Economics, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Antitrust Magazine, Antitrust Bulletin, Antitrust Source, Law360, and American Bar Association’s Economics Committee Newsletter. He has also served as a referee for a number of academic and professional journals and is a guest contributor to the popular blog cartelcapers (an ABA Journal Blawg 100 honoree), offering commentary on economic and econometric issues in litigation.

Dr. Deng’s current research interests include predictive and causal inferences using machine learning algorithms with applications to price/market manipulation detection and quantification, class certification, and the intersection between technology (artificial intelligence and blockchain, in particular) and antitrust. He has spoken on the antitrust implications of technologies at CLE-credited events sponsored by the ABA and the Knowledge Group and at the Competition Bureau Canada. He recently gave testimony on the issue of algorithmic collusion at FTC’s Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.

Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Deng was a Principal at another economic consultancy.