By David Ingram
WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Northwestern University
economist Aviv Nevo will join the Justice Department's Antitrust
Division to supervise economic analysis, the department said on
Nevo is scheduled to start on April 1 as one of the first
major hires of Assistant Attorney General William Baer, who left
the law firm Arnold & Porter to become head of the Antitrust
Division effective last month.
A professor of economics, Nevo will be among the most senior
non-lawyers in the Justice Department because the Antitrust
Division's work is so intertwined with his field.
He got a doctorate in economics from Harvard University in
1997 and worked as an assistant professor at the University of
California at Berkeley before joining Northwestern in 2004.
Baer in a statement praised Nevo as an "intellectual pioneer
in the use of data to analyze consumer preferences, which is
fundamental to many of our enforcement matters."
He succeeds Fiona Scott Morton, who has returned to her
economics professorship at the Yale School of Management.
The economist position is one of four deputy assistant
attorneys general in the Antitrust Division reporting to Baer.
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