Aviv Nevo was formerly chief economist at the antitrust division at the US Department of Justice, where he advised on merger, as well as civil and criminal, investigations. He led the division’s economic analysis group of over 60 PhD economists and statistical analysts.
Professor Nevo has been retained as an expert by the US Department of Justice, the US Federal Trade Commission and private firms in cases related to antitrust merger review, regulatory review of dominant firms and antitrust and other litigation matters. Professor Nevo testified as the US government’s economic expert in the proposed US$37 billion merger between health insurers Aetna and Humana in 2016, and in the proposed US$400 million acquisition of Drew Marine Group by Wilhelmsen Maritime Services in 2018.
His academic work lies at the intersection of industrial organisation, marketing and econometrics. Professor Nevo is a pioneer in using data to analyse consumer preferences and decision making. He has published extensively on methods that can be used to assess market power and mergers, particularly in the context of differentiated products. His research includes studies of consumer-packaged goods, retailing, real estate brokerages, healthcare and telecommunications.
Professor Nevo is the director of the Wharton Competition and Policy Initiative. He currently serves as a co-editor of Econometrica and previously served as a co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economicsand editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.