Kai-Uwe Kühn

Kai-Uwe Kühn

Senior Consultant to CRA

Kai-Uwe Kühn is a senior consultant to the Competition Practice of CRA. He is a Professor of Economics at the University of East Anglia School of Economics, where he is also Deputy Director of the Center for Competition Policy, and Visiting Professor at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf.

From May 2011 to August 2013, Dr. Kühn was Chief Economist at DG Competition where he led a team of 25 economists involved in merger, antitrust, litigation, state aid and policy work. In this role, he led economic analyses in several high-profile mergers (from WesternDigital/Hitachi to Deutsche Börse/NYSE, Universal/EMI, H3G/Orange Austria, Outokumpu/Inoxum and UPS/TNT), including promoting a thorough evaluation of efficiency defences. He worked extensively on financial markets, both in the context of mergers (Deutsche Börse/NYSE) and antitrust (CDS case on foreclosure of exchange trading) as well as antitrust issues in the internet economy (Google and e-books). He was also instrumental in developing DG Comp's antitrust analysis of standard essential patents, and helped further a more economically meaningful approach to state aid policy (including an obligation for rigorous policy evaluation) in the Commission state aid modernisation initiative.

Dr. Kühn is Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London and has been the co-editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. He has published in leading journals such as the Journal of Political Economy, the RAND Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. His research interests are in theoretical, experimental, and empirical industrial organization and cover a wide range of topics including competition in durable goods, vertical integration and vertical restraints, collusion, coordinated effects of mergers, market foreclosure, and the impact of credit constraints on market behaviour. Before joining DG Comp, Dr. Kühn was an academic affiliate with Charles River Associates, advising private companies and competition authorities on a large number of competition cases. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of East Anglia in January 2016, Dr Kühn was an Associate Professor (with tenure) at the University of Michigan from 1998 until 2015, and previously taught at the Instituto de Analisis Economico (CSIC) in Barcelona and the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI) in Madrid.


PhD, Economics, University of Oxford 
MSc, Economics, London School of Economics
BA, Economics, University of Bonn