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Eric R. Emch has more than a decade of experience in economic analysis of competition policy issues, including the competitive effects of horizontal and vertical mergers, single-firm conduct and monopolization, market definition, and collusion. His recent work has focused on merger and monopolization issues in a variety of industries, including the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and publishing industries.

Prior to joining Bates White, Dr. Emch served as Staff Economist and Assistant Section Chief in the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division. As Assistant Section Chief, Dr. Emch led teams of economists in theoretical and empirical analyses of merger, monopolization, and collusion cases primarily in the transportation, energy, and payment cards sectors. As a staff economist, he conducted theoretical and empirical analysis in support of merger and non-merger investigations in a wide variety of industries, including preparations to be a testifying expert in two merger cases.

While on leave from DOJ from 2007–2008, he led the OECD’s Regional Competition Center in Seoul, Korea, where he designed, organized, and conducted competition policy workshops for staffers of national competition authorities across Asia. Dr. Emch has published in journals such as the Journal of Industrial Economics, Review of Industrial Organization, Review of Network Economics, and Antitrust Law Journal on a number of antitrust topics, including aftermarket effects, market definition in payment cards markets, and non-horizontal merger theories in the GE/Honeywell merger. He has also taught econometrics in Johns Hopkins University’s Masters of Applied Economics Program.


PhD, Economics, University of California, Berkeley

AB, Economics and History, Brown University

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