Gopal Das Varma

Gopal Das Varma

Vice President
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Gopal Das Varma is a Vice President in the Antitrust and Competition Economics Practice at CRA. He has more than 15 years of experience in government, academia, and private sector economic consulting. From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Das Varma was an economist in the Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) where he worked on the DOJ’s investigation of proposed mergers and potential anti-competitive conduct in a wide variety of industries. Among matters that he worked on while at the DOJ are US Airways’ acquisition of American Airlines, Comcast’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Flakeboard’s proposed acquisition of Sierra Pine’s wood fiber products mills, transfer of Newark Airport Slots by Delta Airlines to United Airlines, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan’s use of most-favored nation clauses in its hospital contracts. His work has been profiled in the DOJ’s Spring 2015 Update (available at:

Dr. Das Varma was a principal at CRA from 2005 to 2011. During this time, he provided expert advice to clients in the context of antitrust litigation and merger reviews. Prior to that, he was a tenure-track faculty member in Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business where he taught MBA and PhD level courses in industrial organization, game theory, business strategy, and law and economics. His research on topics in industrial organization and competition economics have appeared in prominent peer-reviewed journals, such as the RAND Journal of Economics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, and the Antitrust Magazine


PhD, Economics, Northwestern University
Post-Graduate Diploma, Management, Indian Institute of Management
BE, Engineering, Jadavpur University, India