Joanna Tsai

Economic Advisor

Joanna advises Commissioner Wright on a broad range of issues and matters at the Federal Trade Commission.  Joanna has over ten years of experience in antitrust, consumer protection, intellectual property, and regulatory matters in a variety of industries and has held positions in both private practice and in government.  Joanna holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Cornell University, and is a Vice-Chair of the Economics Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law.

Selected Publications

“Merger Remedies with Chinese Characteristics,” with Elizabeth X. Wang and Sandra Chan, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, August 2013.

Selected Presentations

Presenter, “The Role of Economic Analysis in Antitrust Litigation and Its Application,” 2014 Antitrust Civil Litigation Forum, hosted by UIBE Competition Law Center and ICT Industry Competition Laboratory, and supported by the Intellectual Property Tribunal, Supreme People’s Court of China, Beijing, China, May 2014.

Discussant, “Do Patents Hold Up Innovation? Assessing the Evidence,” by Stephen Haber, Ross Levine, and Alexander Galetovic, Inventions and the US Patent System Conference, Hoover IP2 Working Group, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, May 2014.

Moderator, “The Economics of Hot Antitrust-IP Issues,” American Bar Association, Section of Antirust Law, Intellectual Property and Economics Committees, Section of Intellectual Property Law Committee Program, Washington, DC, April 2014.

Speaker, “Vertical Issues in High Tech Industry,” American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Section of Intellectual Property Law Committee Program, Washington, DC, March 2014.

Moderator, “Vertical and Complementary Products Mergers,” American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Economics Committee Program, Washington, DC, February 2014.

Moderator, “Competition and Standard-Essential Patents,” SIEPR and Cornerstone Research Joint Conference on Competition and IP Policy in High-Tech Industries, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, January 2014.

Speaker, “Antitrust Implications of New IP Business Models,” American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law 2013 Fall Forum, Washington, DC, November 2013.

Speaker, “The China Dimension of a Global Merger Review” American Bar Association, Section of International Law Conference, Beijing, China, September 2013.

Speaker, “Patent Acquisitions and Antitrust: The New Frontier,” American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law 2013 Spring Meeting, Washington, DC, April 2013.

Speaker, “Understanding Network Effects in Mergers,” American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee Program, Washington, DC, December 2012.
 

Education

Cornell University
Ph.D. in Economics
Cornell University
M.A. in Economics
University of California, Irvine
B.A. in Economics

Fields of Interest

Industrial Organization, Intellectual Property, Law and Economics

Professional Experience

1/2013–Present

Economic Advisor, Office of Commissioner Joshua D. Wright, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

10/2011–1/2013

Principal, Charles River Associates, Washington, DC

1/2009–10/2011

Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Economic Analysis, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), San Juan, Puerto Rico

2007–2008

Visiting Professor, University of Puerto Rico School of Law, San Juan, Puerto Rico

3/2007–1/2009

Vice President, Compass Lexecon/FTI Consulting, Inc., Washington, DC

7/2003–3/2007

Senior Economist, Compass Lexecon/FTI Consulting, Inc., Washington, DC

8/2002–7/2003

Economist, Economic Analysis LLC, Los Angeles, CA