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Oana Tocoian is a Senior Economist in the Antitrust and Competition Practice, where she has worked on several litigation cases, including in the gasoline and media industries.

Prior to Bates White, Dr. Tocoian worked as a Lecturer at UC San Diego and as an Assistant Professor at Claremont McKenna College. In addition to teaching microeconomics and statistics, she also developed a course on the economics of entrepreneurship, which explored market failures in credit, innovation, and employment, as well as policy interventions and regulatory capture.

Dr. Tocoian has conducted applied research on the role of employees’ prior shared work experience in new firm performance, and on the complicated relationship between entrepreneurship and intergenerational wealth mobility. In earlier work, she demonstrated empirically the push effect of large military budgets on the international weapons trade. Dr. Tocoian’s research has been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Economic Inquiry, and International Journal of Industrial Organization.


PhD, Economics, University of California, San Diego

MA, Economics, University of California, San Diego

BS, Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology

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