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Dr. Song specializes in competition analyses centered on horizontal mergers, two-sided markets, common ownership, monopolization, and price bundling.

He consults on matters regarding media, credit cards, consumer packaged goods, semiconductors, and e-commerce as they relate to competition. Dr. Song’s work in antitrust policy and damages also leans toward the pharmaceutical, intellectual property, and high-tech industries. He has been involved with matters on behalf of international government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and other international conglomerates.

​Prior to joining Brattle, Dr. Song was a Principal at a Washington, DC-based economics consulting firm. In addition, he has held faculty positions at the University of Rochester and the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he taught microeconomics and econometrics, among other topics. Dr. Song’s research is published in peer-reviewed journals including The Rand Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and International Economic Review.

Representative Engagements
Media platforms merger

Retained as economic expert by antitrust authority to analyze the effects of a merger between two media platforms. Using a two-sided market model, quantified welfare effects on both sides of the market (e.g., consumers and advertisers). The merger investigation was closed.

Acquisition of sports networks

On behalf of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., supported the expert in analyzing the likely competitive effects of Sinclair’s acquisition of 21 regional sports networks originally owned by 21st Century Fox. 

Waste management center

On behalf of Competition Bureau Canada, supported the expert in an analysis of the proposed merger between Tervita and Newalta, which both provide waste management and environmental solution services to the oil and gas industry.

Antitrust regulatory matter

On behalf of United Technologies, supported an expert in assisting counsel seeking antitrust regulatory approval for the acquisition of Rockwell Collins. Supported the expert’s development of a white paper submitted to Chinese regulators.

Credit card company expert analysis

On behalf of American Express in American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation with merchant plaintiffs, provided support for the expert’s analysis of Amex’s market power and agreements with merchants regarding whether Amex’s agreements serve or restrict competition.

Competitive effects of DuPont merger

On behalf of DuPont, supported the expert in analyzing likely competitive effects of its proposed merger with Dow Chemical in a wide range of markets, including seeds and transgenic traits, agricultural chemicals, and specialty polymers. 

Sports television and antitrust matter

Supported expert in cases against two major sporting organizations for their actions to monopolize television and internet broadcast rights to games.

Silicon metal producers merger

Provided analysis and expert support for the US Department of Justice in analyzing the proposed merger of silicon metal producers FerroAtlantico and Globe Specialty Metals.

Frozen foods company acquisition

Worked on behalf of Dr. Oetker to analyze the competitive effects of its proposed acquisition of McCain Foods’ North American frozen pizza business.

Healthcare market analysis

Provided a major business consulting firm with an economic analysis on drug pricing strategies in the cancer treatment market.

Publications
Article
Article
Estimating Platform Market Power in Two-sided Markets with an Application to Magazine Advertising
June 2019
Forthcoming in The American Economic Journal: Microeconomics
Article
Mergers with interfirm bundling: a case of pharmaceutical cocktails
August 2017
Minjae Song, Sean Nicholson, and Claudio Lucarelli
Published in The RAND Journal of Economics
Article
The Competitive Effects of Common Ownership: Economic Foundations and Empirical Evidence
July 2017
Minjae Song, Pauline Kennedy, Daniel P. O’Brien, and Keith Waehrer
Article
Is the Daily Deal Social Shopping?: An Empirical Analysis of Customer Panel Data
February 2016
Minjae Song, Eunho Park, Byungjoon Yoo, and Seongmin Jeon
Published in the Journal of Interactive Marketing
Article
A Hybrid Discrete Choice Model of Differentiated Product Demand with an Application to PCs
January 2015
Published in International Economic Review
News & Events
June 03, 2021
Dr. Minjae Song Examines Platform Market Power in Two-Sided Markets in AEJ Article

In an article appearing in the May 2021 issue of the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Brattle Principal Dr. Minjae Song examines platform market power in two-sided markets, using a structural model to estimate markup on both sides of a platform as well as predict price and welfare changes resulting from platform mergers.

January 12, 2021
GCR Names The Brattle Group as One of the World's Top Firms for Competition Economics

For the 14th consecutive year, Global Competition Review (GCR) has recognized The Brattle Group in the “Economics 21” list of the world’s top firms for competition economics.

December 14, 2020
The Brattle Group Welcomes Leading Competition Economist Dr. Minjae Song

Competition economist Dr. Minjae Song has joined The Brattle Group’s global Antitrust/Competition group as a Principal in its Washington, DC office. Dr. Song specializes in econometric analyses centered on horizontal mergers, two-sided markets, common ownership, monopolization, and price bundling.