Dr. Hector Lopez

Associate Director


Washington, DC
Tel: +1 202 466 9296

Mexico City
Tel: +52 55 9628 7594

Email: hector.lopez@nera.com
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PhD in Economics, University of Maryland, College Park
MSc in Economic Theory, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
BA in Economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México


Dr. Hector Lopez is a member of NERA’s Communications, Media, and Internet Practice, in which he uses game theory, optimization, simulations, econometrics, and experiments to design and/or provide strategic advice on tailor-made mechanisms such as auctions and complex private transactions. Dr. Lopez has provided on-site support, software tools, and expert reports for his clients.

Dr. Lopez has experience with the most common auction formats, including combinatorial clock auctions (CCAs), simultaneous multiple round auctions (SMRAs), clock auctions, and sealed-bid auctions. He also has experience with non-standard market mechanisms like auctions for dynamically trading wireless bandwidth and road capacity, and mechanisms to set subsidies on telecommunication services.

Dr. Lopez provided auction advice for a participant in the incentive auction. His client realized the highest return of all private equity participants. Dr. Lopez designed and implemented algorithms and techniques to simulate the auction and evaluate strategies. He also prepared comments submitted to the FCC.

Dr. Lopez has authored numerous comments and white papers on market design, telecommunication policy, open access, network sharing, and spectrum policy. He has presented his research at academic and industry conferences. Dr. Lopez has taught undergraduate and Ph.D. courses in microeconomic theory.



Title Type Author
Economics of Air Traffic Management in the Drone Era White Paper By Dr. Hector Lopez and Richard Marsden
The Role of Economics on the Road to Autonomous Vehicles and Digital Mobility White Paper Daniel Hanson, Richard Eichmann, Richard Marsden, George Anstey, Grant Saggers, Dr. Garrett Glasgow, Dr. C-Philipp Heller, Dr. Hector Lopez, Dr. Bruno Soria, Dr. Will Taylor, and Adam Rhoten
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NERA Economic Consulting Announces Senior-Level Promotions 23 February 2021 Press Release