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Selected Expertise

  • Antitrust damages assessment
  • Applied econometrics
  • Auctions
  • Collusion
  • Game theory
  • Industrial organization

Selected Industries

  • Construction
  • Dairy
  • Government procurement
  • Jewelry
  • Packaging
  • Pulp and paper
  • Semiconductors
  • Timber
  • Vitamins

Robert C. Marshall, PhD


Robert C. Marshall is a Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Auctions, Procurements, and Competition Policy at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Marshall is a recognized thought leader in the areas of industrial organization, collusion, applied game theory, auctions, and procurements. He has served as a testifying expert in major antitrust litigation matters, with particular expertise in antitrust liability and cartels.

Dr. Marshall has testified before Congress regarding incentives in procurement contracting and he has published extensively. His articles and papers in peer-reviewed journals and elsewhere include topics on collusive mechanisms, detecting bidder collusion, differential payments within a bidder coalition, and incentives in procurement contracting. A recent paper, “Plus Factors in Agreements in Antitrust Law” (Michigan Law Review, December 2011, with Kovacic, Marx, and White), won the Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award for best antitrust scholarship of 2011. In addition, Dr. Marshall has recently published a book, coauthored with Leslie M. Marx, titled The Economics of Collusion: Cartels and Bidding Rings (MIT Press, 2012). He has served on two panels for the National Research Council and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement.  

Selected Experience

  • Served as an economic expert on behalf of a defendant in the criminal proceeding United States of America v. Joseph Wolfson. Prepared trial testimony regarding rational conduct by non-collusive bidders in the presence of a bidding ring.

  • Served as an economic expert on behalf of a coalition of direct-action plaintiffs in In re Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation. Conducted analysis of damages from price-fixing involving ocean transportation of goods between the United States and Puerto Rico.

  • In the matter Dahl v. Bain Capital Partners, provided expert report on behalf of class Plaintiffs regarding the application of auction theory for the calculation of antitrust damages in the context of leveraged buyout transactions.

  • In the matters United States ex rel. Bunk v. Birkart Globistics and United States ex rel. Ammons v. Pasha Group, provided expert report, deposition, and trial testimony on behalf of the United States regarding damages from price-fixing and bid rigging conduct by German moving companies involved in the transportation of US military personnel household goods.

  • In the matter In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation, provided expert testimony on behalf of defendant Nestlé USA. Analyzed economic evidence regarding Nestlé USA’s participation in an alleged conspiracy to fix prices of chocolate confections in the United States. Also addressed liability and damages analyses proffered by class and direct action economic experts.

  • In the matter In re Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) Antitrust Litigation, provided liability expert report and deposition testimony for several direct and indirect plaintiffs.

  • In the matter In re Ready-Mixed Concrete Antitrust Litigation, provided expert report and deposition testimony in an analysis of class certification issues on behalf of defendants. Analysis examined testable implications of class-wide impact and suitability of class-wide treatment. Critically assessed assertions made by plaintiffs’ economic expert.

  • In the matter In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation, provided liability expert report and deposition testimony for a large coalition of direct-action plaintiffs involved in a complex horizontal conspiracy matter.

  • In the matter In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, provided liability expert report and deposition testimony regarding the existence of collusive behavior on behalf of more than 100 direct action plaintiffs.


PhD, Economics, University of California, San Diego

AB, Economics, Princeton University