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Rejected! Antitrust economists as expert witnesses in the post-Daubert world

Giocoli Nicola, University of Pisa

Economists regularly appear as expert witnesses in antitrust litigations. The paper analyzes how their models and methodologies have performed vis-à-vis the standards of relevance and reliability affirmed by the US Supreme Court in its 1993 Daubert decision. Some tentative explanations for the economists’ troubles when facing a Daubert challenge in antitrust cases are provided.


Keywords: Antitrust, courtroom economics, Daubert criteria, falsificationism

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