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John Scalf's areas of expertise include industrial organization, microeconomics, and applied econometrics. He specializes in developing economic and statistical models to advise businesses, law firms, and government agencies on the competitive effects of mergers, pricing practices, and contracts on industry performance. In the context of his antitrust practice, Dr. Scalf has analyzed the competitive effects of price fixing, monopolization, exclusive dealing, standard setting organizations, and loyalty discounts, and he has prepared damage estimates arising from these issues.

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Dr. Scalf has studied competition and antitrust issues in a variety of industries, including the operating system, payment card, online search and advertising, meatpacking, pharmaceutical, microprocessor, medical supplies, ticketing, media, and private equity industries.

Dr. Scalf holds a PhD in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he specialized in the fields of industrial organization, applied microeconomics, and corporate finance. He also holds a BS in applied mathematics and economics from Yale University. In his PhD thesis, Dr. Scalf examined the role of disclosure policies on the liquidity and interest rates of the bank loan market. While at the University of Chicago, Dr. Scalf lectured in the MBA program in courses on microeconomics and financial statement analysis. Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Scalf was an Associate Director at Navigant Economics, where he concentrated on competition policy and antitrust matters.


  • PhD in economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • MBA, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
  • BS in applied mathematics and economics, Yale University