Renowned Economist Kevin M. Murphy To Become Senior Consultant To The Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice At Charles River Associates (CRA)

Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing  economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that Kevin M. Murphy, the George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, has entered into an agreement to become a senior consultant to CRA’s Antitrust & Competition Economics Practice. Professor Murphy is expected to begin working with CRA in May 2013.

“Kevin Murphy is widely regarded as one of the smartest economists in the world and we are honored and thrilled about his decision to become a senior consultant to Charles River Associates,” said CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer  Paul Maleh. “Professor Murphy has an outstanding reputation as an extremely effective expert in numerous antitrust, labor and other engagements. In his academic research, Professor Murphy has developed leading theories and analyses that explain how economic incentives influence social phenomena, such as addiction, and determine economic outcomes, including wage inequality, unemployment, and the economic value of health and medical research. Professor Murphy has a reputation for being exceptionally creative, asking the questions not being asked, and developing innovative and informative economic models. Simply put—he is an economist in a league of his own. We look forward to working with Professor Murphy and continuing CRA’s tradition of teaming our highly-talented consulting professionals with renowned academics and economists to best serve clients.”

Dr. Steven C. Salop, a Senior Consultant to CRA and Professor of Economics and Law at Georgetown University Law Center, said, “We are very excited to have Kevin Murphy joining CRA. Besides being one of the most creative economists of his generation, Kevin is both articulate and down to earth. We are looking forward to having him as a colleague and a leader.”

Professor Murphy is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. In 2005, he received a MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the “genius grant,” becoming the first professor at a business school to be named a MacArthur Fellow. In 1997, Professor Murphy was awarded the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association, given (then) every second year to the most outstanding American economist under the age of forty and widely considered to be the second most prestigious prize in economics (after the Nobel Prize). In 2007, he received the Kenneth J. Arrow Award (with Robert H. Topel) from the International Health Economics Association for the research paper “The Value of Health and Longevity.” In 2005, he and Robert H. Topel received Research!America’s Eugene Garfield Economic Impact of Medical and Health Research Award for their groundbreaking work estimating the economic value of medical advances and the resulting gains in US life expectancy. A fellow of the Econometric Society and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Professor Murphy has received fellowships from the Earhart Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, and the Friedman Fund. In addition, he is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Professor Murphy consults and serves as a testifying expert on antitrust, intellectual property, labor discrimination, and regulation matters, as well as on matters of economic policy. He has published extensively, including two books and more than 60 articles in academic journals. Professor Murphy earned his PhD degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and his AB degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

About Charles River Associates (CRA)Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in litigation, regulatory, and financial consulting, and management consulting. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at http://www.crai.com.

Statements in this press release concerning Kevin M. Murphy, his expected start date with CRA, the future business, operating results, estimated cost savings, and financial condition of the Company and statements using the terms "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "should," "prospects," "target," or similar expressions are "forward-looking" statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties. Information contained in these forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain, and actual performance and results may differ materially due to many important factors. Such factors that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements made by the Company include, among others, Dr. Murphy’s actual start date with CRA, the Company's restructuring costs and attributable annual cost savings, changes in the Company's effective tax rate, share dilution from the Company's stock-based compensation, dependence on key personnel, attracting, recruiting and retaining qualified consultants, dependence on outside experts, utilization rates, completing acquisitions and factors related to its completed acquisitions, including integration of personnel, clients and offices, and unanticipated expenses and liabilities, the risk of impairment write downs to the Company's intangible assets, including goodwill, if the Company's enterprise value declines below certain levels, risks associated with acquisitions it may make in the future, risks inherent in international operations, the performance of NeuCo, changes in accounting standards, rules and regulations, changes in the law that affect the Company's practice areas, management of new offices, the potential loss of clients, the ability of customers to terminate the Company's engagements on short notice, dependence on the growth of the Company's management consulting practice, the unpredictable nature of litigation-related projects, the ability of the Company to integrate successfully new consultants into its practice, general economic conditions, intense competition, risks inherent in litigation, and professional liability. Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results is included in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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