October 05, 2018

ABA Antitrust Section Economics Grant Program

Economic theory has played and will continue to play a central role in the application and development of antitrust and consumer protection law in the United States and across the globe. In keeping with the ABA Antitrust Section's goals of promoting the development of antitrust and consumer protection law and practice, the Section has created the ABA Antitrust Section Economics Grant Program ("AASEGP").


The purpose of the AASEGP is to support original empirical economic research that explores topics relevant to domestic and/or foreign antitrust and consumer protection law and policy. By helping to fund research into such topics (particularly those that have not been addressed in the existing literature), the Section hopes to contribute to the creation of a body of relevant empirical data that may guide academics, policy makers, judges and practitioners considering significant issues in antitrust and consumer protection law.

Accordingly, grant recipients will be expected to produce a paper of publishable quality addressing the results of their research and its implications with respect to some important aspect of antitrust or consumer protection law or policy. Grant recipients must agree to make good faith efforts to have their paper accepted for publication by a relevant professional journal, but that journal need not necessarily be an ABA publication. In addition, grant recipients must agree to prepare summaries of their research projects and results to be included in ABA publications selected by the Section.   At the Section’s sole discretion, grant recipients may be invited to present the results of their completed research at one of the Section’s CLE conferences.  Invited grant recipients may be eligible to receive (1) admission to the applicable Section CLE conference, as well as lodging at the conference hotel for at least one night, and admission to conference luncheons and dinners; and (2) reimbursement for reasonable and necessary travel costs, including airfare (if necessary) of up to $500, ground transportation of up to $100, and a meal per diem for meals not provided as part of the conference of up to $100 per day.

Interested applicants must complete the attached application and submit it and the requested materials by e-mail to the address below by March 31, 2018.  Any submissions that are not received by, or are otherwise incomplete as of March 31, 2018, will not be considered (unless you have received an extension in writing from the Section prior to March 31, 2018).

The Selection Committee will consist of the Section Chair (or designee), and representatives from the Section Committees on Economics (including an economist), Consumer Protection, International, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Unilateral Conduct.

Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis as they are received, and awards will be announced by May 25, 2018. Although no itemized budget is required, please identify any out-of-pocket expenses that the applicant believes will need to be incurred to complete the proposed research. Grant monies are to be used to fund the approved research, not to cover overhead or other indirect costs.

Upon selection for a grant, the Section shall notify the recipient of the amount of the grant. The Section plans to award one or more grants, which together may total up to $15,000. The Section reserves the right to award several or no grants, and to award grants in any amount that together may total less than but no more than $15,000, with the Section’s decision(s) to be final and made in its sole discretion.

Each grant recipient shall be solely responsible for payment of any taxes resulting from receipt of the grant and from receipt of conference costs and expenses, if any.  Prior to receiving any grant funds, each grant recipient will be required (1) to return the ABA’s tax documentation to the Section; and (2) to sign an agreement warranting (a) that the paper produced will be original and will contain no material that will libel or infringe on another’s rights; (b) that if it contains materials subject to another’s intellectual property rights, the recipient shall receive written permission to use them in the paper; and (c) that the grant recipient will indemnify the ABA for any liability incurred because of breach of this warranty.

The Section expects that the proposed research and a final draft of the paper should be substantially completed and submitted to the Section within 18 months after approval of the proposal.

Prospective grant seekers with questions should contact Joanna Tsai at JTsai@crai.com.

Application materials should be e-mailed to:
Tiffany Goldston
Program Specialist
American Bar Association


Matthew Weinberg is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Drexel University's Lebow College of Business. His research covers topics in the fields of industrial organization and public finance, including antitrust policy toward horizontal mergers, regulation, and consumer behavior. He has published articles in the American Economic Journal, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics, among others.
Prior to joining Drexel University, Professor Weinberg  held positions at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Georgia, and served as an economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.