R. Preston McAfee

R. Preston McAfee

Senior Consultant to CRA
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R. Preston McAfee is an economist with more than 35 years of experience in academia and industry and who has consulted on matters involving mergers, collusion, price-fixing, electricity pricing, bidding, procurement, defense, spectrum, real estate, and sales of government property, among others. Prior to affiliating with CRA, Dr. McAfee was Chief Economist and Corporate Vice President with Microsoft from 2014 until February 2018, Director of Google Strategic Technologies from 2012 to 2014 and Chief Economist, Vice President, and Research Fellow at Yahoo! Research from 2007 to 2012.

He was the J. Stanley Johnson Professor at the California Institute of Technology from 2004 to 2009 and held academic positions at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Western Ontario, and several visiting professorships in the US and abroad.

Dr. McAfee has served as a consultant to government organizations including the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, the US Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission. He has advised clients such as AMD, Cadence, Duke Energy, Sabre, Travelocity, and Lockheed-Martin.

Dr. McAfee has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, The Journal of Machine Learning Research, and Econometrica. He has contributed chapters for many books and is the author of three books, including Competitive Solutions: The Strategist’s Toolkit (Princeton University Press, 2003). He served as an Editor at Economic Inquiry, Co-editor at American Economic Review, and is Founding Co-editor of the ACM Journal Transactions on Economics and Computation.


PhD, Economics, Purdue University
MS, Economics, Purdue University
MS, Mathematics, Purdue University
BA, Economics, University of Florida