Bureau of Economics Seminar Series Calendar Archive

The Bureau of Economics periodically hosts seminars given by scholars and practitioners in economic fields related the Federal Trade Commission's missions.  Listed here are the presenters and topics from previous seminar series.  To view the schedule for the current seminar series, go to the seminar series homepage.

Spring 2014

Date Speaker Paper Room Notes

March 06

Luke Froeb (Vanderbilt)

A Theory of Competitive Framing

NJ-B

 

March 13

David Friedman

 

NJ-B

Seminar starts at 3pm

March 20

Heidi Williams (MIT)

Do Fixed Patent Terms Distort Innovation? Evidence from Cancer Clinical Trials

NJ-4100

 

April 10

Matthew Grennan (UPenn)

TBA

M-Street

 

April 17

Ernst Berndt (MIT)

The Regulation of Prescription Drug Competition and Market Responses: Patterns in Prices and Sales Following Loss of Exclusivity

NJ-B

 
April 24 Juha Siikamaki Nudging Energy Efficiency Behavior: The Role of Information Labels NJ-B  

May 01

Avi Dor (George Washington)

Impact of Mortality-Based Performance Measures on Hospital Pricing: the Case of Colon Cancer Surgeries

NJ-B

 

May 08

Ralph Winter (University of British Columbia)

Exclusionary Contracts

NJ-B

 

May 15

Petra Persson

 

NJ-B

 

May 22

Kevin Thom (NYU)

Smoking, Genes and Health

NJ-B

 

May 27

Andrew Caplin

Revealed Preference, Rational Inattention and Costly Information Acquisition

NJ-B

 

June 12

James Sallee

 

NJ-4100

 
Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  Prior to attending seminars or for other inquiries, please contact Christopher Metcalf (cmetcalf@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: March 5, 2014


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Fall 2013

Date Speaker Paper Room Notes
10-Oct Juha Siikamaki “Nudging Energy Efficiency Behavior:
The Role of Information Labels”
NJ-B  
17-Oct Petra Persson (Harvard Fellow) "Attention Manipulation and Information Overload" NJ-4100  
24-Oct Steve Puller (Texas A&M) “Behavioral Responses to Increased Household
Fuel Economy: Regression Discontinuity Evidence”
NJ-4100  
7-Nov FTC Microeconomics Conference    
8-Nov FTC Microeconomics Conference    
14-Nov Pedro Bordalo "Salience and Consumer Choice" NJ-C  
21-Nov Ayelet Gneezy TBA NJ-4100  
28-Nov Thanksgiving Day      
5-Dec Bart Hamilton (WUSTL) "Health and the Option Value of Medical Innovation" NJ-C  
9-Dec Larry Samuelson (Yale) “Reputations in Repeated Games” NJ-4100 This is a Monday
12-Dec Christopher Knittel "Who is Exposed to Gas Prices? How Gasoline Prices
Affect Automobile Manufacturers and Dealerships"
NJ-C  
19-Dec Paul Rubin TBA M-8048  
Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  Prior to attending seminars or for other inquiries, please contact Christopher Metcalf (cmetcalf@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: October 12, 2013


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Spring 2013

Date Speaker Paper Room Notes
Mar 07 Ryan Lampe
(DePaul)
Patent Pools, Competition, and Innovation – Evidence from 20 U.S. Industries under the New Deal M8089  
Mar 14 Petra Persson
(Harvard Fellow)
Attention Manipulation and Information Overload NJ-A  
Mar 21 Luis Cabral
(Stern NYU)
Dynamic Pricing in Customer Markets with Switching Costs NJ-C  
Mar 28 Yongmin Chen (Colorado) Monopoly Differential Pricing and Welfare M8089  
Apr 04 Suhui Li (GWU) How Do Hospitals Respond to Market Entry? Evidence from the Pennsylvania Cardiac Revascularzation Market M8089  
Apr 11 Elena Patel
(U.S. Treasury)
An Empirical Analysis of Mergers Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Firms: An Application in the Hospital Industry NJ-A  
Apr 18 Ginger Jin
(Maryland)
TBA NJ-A  
Apr 25 Marc Remer
(U.S. DOJ)
Approximating the Price Effects of Mergers: Numerical Evidence and an Empirical Application NJ-A  
May 02 Robert Letzler (FTC) Everyone Believes in Redemption: Nudges and Overoptimism in Costly Task Completion NJ-C  
May 09 Steven Berry
(Yale)
Identification in Differentiated Products Markets Using Market Level Data NJ-A  
May 16 Charles Manski (Northwestern) Policy Evaluation in Uncertain World NJ-A  
Jun 7 Kate Ho & Robin Lee Insurer Competition and Negotiated Hospital Prices NJ-B  
Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  Prior to attending seminars or for other inquiries, please contact Christopher Metcalf (cmetcalf@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: May 15, 2013


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Fall 2012

Date

Speaker

Paper Building Room Notes
28-Sep Glen Weyl (Univ. of Chicago) Pass-Through as an Economic Tool NJ NJB This is a Friday.
11-Oct Eric Zitzewitz Figure Skating/Corruption NJ NJ4100  
18-Oct Brian McManus Quality Certification, Competition, and Performance in an Online Marketplace NJ NJ4100  
25-Oct Randall Lewis (Yahoo) Advertising Externalities NJ NJC  
7-Nov Dirk Bergemann (Yale)   M Street M8089 This is a Wed.
15-Nov & 16-Nov FTC MICROECONOMICS CONFERENCE        
29-Nov Amy Finkelstein (MIT) Estimating Welfare in Lemons Markets NJ NJ4100  
6-Dec Chuck Thomas (Economic Science Institute, Chapman University) An Alternating-Offers Model of Multilateral Negotiations NJ NJ4100  
13-Dec James Adams (Rensselaer) Research Joint Ventures:  Reference Points, Moral Hazards, and Uncertainty M Street M8089  
18-Dec Amit Gandhi (Wisconsin) Estimating Discrete Choice Demand Models with a "Small" Number of Consumers NJ NJB This is a Tuesday.
Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  Prior to attending seminars or for other inquiries, please contact Christopher Metcalf (cmetcalf@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: December 12, 2012


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Spring 2012

Date

Speaker/Affliliation/Paper

Mar 1 Avi Goldfarb (Toronto)
Technology, Age, and Shifting Privacy Concerns?
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
Mar 8 Paul Niehaus (UCSD)
Managing Self-Confidence: Theory and Experimental Evidence
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
Mar 15 Jeffrey Prince (Indiana)
Does Service Bundling Reduce Churn?
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Conference Room B
Mar 22 Matthew Lewis (OSU)
Diagnosing Hospital System Bargaining Power in Managed Care Networks
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100 and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) 1800 M Street Building, Room 8084
Mar 29 Mike Sinkinson (Harvard)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Conference Room B
Apr 5 Jay Shimshack (Tulane)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100 and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) 1800 M Street Building, Room 8084
Apr 12 Carl Davidson (Michigan State)
Pigou, Becker, and the Regulation of Punishment-Proof Firms
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
May 3 Justin Sydnor (Wisconsin)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
May 10 Dmitry Lubensky (Indiana School of Business)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Conference Room B and Video Teleconferencing (VTC) 1800 M Street Building, Room 8084
May 17 Andrew Sweeting (Duke)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Conference Room B

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  No prior security clearance is necessary except for the seminars held in room 4100. Address inquiries to Loren Smith (lsmith2@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: March 1, 2012


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Fall 2011

Date

Speaker/Affliliation/Paper

Sep 29 Mark Dean (Brown)
Search and Satisficing (with Andrew Caplin and Daniel Martin)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room NJ-B
Oct 13 Yi Qian (Northwestern)
Oct 17 Mo Xiao (Arizona)
Entry under Subsidy: the Competitive U.S. Local Telephone Industry (with Ying Fan)
Note: This seminar is on a Monday.
Oct 20 Andrew Toole (ERS)
The R&D Investment-Uncertainty Relationship:  Do Strategic Rivalry and Firm Size Matter?
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Oct 31 John Asker (NYU Stern)
Exclusionary Minimum Resale Price Maintenance (with Heski Bar-Isaac)
NJ Conference Room A and Simulcast to M Street
Note: This seminar is on a Monday at 12:00
Nov 10 Abe Dunn (BEA)
Physician Market Power and Medical-Care Expenditures (with Adam Hale Shapiro)
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Nov 17 John Driscoll (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
Dec 1 Michael Salinger (Boston University)
Tying and Bundling in a Nearly Contestable Market
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
Dec 8 Paul Ellickson (Rochester)
Density versus Differentiation:  The Impact of Wal-Mart on the Grocery Industry (with Paul L. E. Grieco)
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
Dec 15 Mark Duggan (Wharton)
Will Risk-Adjustment Decrease Health Care Costs?  New Evidence from the Medicare Advantage Program (joint with Jason Brown, Ilyana Kuziemko, and William Woolston)
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  No prior security clearance is necessary except for the seminars held in room 4100. Address inquiries to Loren Smith (lsmith2@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: September 14, 2011


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Spring 2011

Date

Speaker/Affliliation/Paper

Mar 3 Henry Schneider (Cornell)
Mar 10 Joel Waldfogel (Minnesota)
Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie? The Supply of New Recorded Music since Napster
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Mar 17 Zahi Ben-David (Ohio State)
Do Financial Counseling Mandates Improve Mortgage Choice and Performance? Evidence from a Legislative Experiment
Mar 24 Allen Blackman (RFF)
Does Eco-Certification Boost Regulatory Compliance in Developing Countries?
Mar 31 Rachel Croson (NSF, UT-Dallas)
The seminar topic is public radio contributions and is partly based on:
A Field Experiment in Charitable Contribution
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Apr 7 Emir Kamenica (Chicago)
Apr 14 Liran Einav (Stanford)
Seminar will be based on the following 3 papers:
- Contract Pricing in Consumer Credit Markets
- The Impact of Information Technology on Consumer Lending
- Liquidity Constraints and Imperfect Information in Subprime Lending
Apr 21 Brian Melzer (Northwestern)
Competition in Consumer Lending: Payday Loans and Overdraft Credit
Apr 28 Patrick McAlvanah (FTC)
Impatience, Incentives, and Obesity
Seminar Postponed
May 5 Przemek Jeziorski (JHU)
Estimation of Cost Synergies from Mergers Without Cost Data: Application to U.S. Radio
May 12 Bob Hunt (Philadelphia Fed)
The Democratization of U.S. Research and Development After 1980
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
May 19 Daniel O’Brien (FTC)
All-units Discounts and Double Moral Hazard
Seminar will be held in 601 NJ Avenue Building, Room 4100
Seminar Cancelled
Jun 2 Patrick McAlvanah (FTC)
Impatience, Incentives, and Obesity

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  No prior security clearance is necessary except for the seminars held in room 4100. Address inquiries to Loren Smith (lsmith2@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: January 31, 2011


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Fall 2010

Date

Speaker/Affliliation/Paper

Sep 16 Tom Lyon (Michigan)
Competing Eco Labels (with Carolyn Fischer)
Seminar will begin at 10am
Sep 23 Catherine Tucker (MIT Sloan)
Privacy and Online Advertising (with Avi Goldfarb)
Oct 7 Seminar Cancelled
Oct 14 Seminar Rescheduled to Dec 9
Oct 19 Matt Osborne (BEA)  please note this seminar is on Tuesday instead of Thursday
Competition Among Spatially Differentiated Firms: An Empirical Model with an Application to Cement (with Nathan Miller)
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building room 4100
Oct 28 Emek Basker (Mizzou)
Supersize It: The Growth of Chains and the Rise of the 'Big Box' Retail Format (with Shawn Klimek and Pham Hoang Van)
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Nov 4 Mary Beth Deily (Lehigh)
Quality Information and Quality Competition: Evidence from the Pennsylvania CABG Market
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Dec 2 Thomas Jeitschko (DOJ)
Pro and Anti-Competitive Effects of Certification in Markets with Asymmetric Information (with Tony Creane and Jinhua Zhao)
Dec 9 Wally Mullin (GWU)
Diversity, Social Goods Provision, and Performance in the Firm (with Sara Fisher Ellison and Jeffrey Greenbaum)
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
Dec 16 Francine Lafontaine (Michigan) Scale, Scope and Performance (with Renata Kosova and Bo Zhao)
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building room 4100

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW.  No prior security clearance is necessary except for the seminars held in room 4100. Address inquiries to Loren Smith (lsmith2@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

For seminars held in the 1800 M street building, proceed directly from the lobby of the building to the 8th floor. Security clearance is required upon arrival at the 8th floor.  Seminars in the 1800 M street building begin at 2:30pm unless otherwise noted.

Updated: September 20, 2010


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Spring 2010

Date

Speaker/Affliliation/Paper

Mar 4 Scott Hemphill  (Columbia Law)
Bhaven Sampat  (Columbia)
Generic Drug Challenges Prior to Patent Expiration
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Mar 11 Aviv Nevo
(Northwestern)
A Simple Model of Demand Anticipation
Mar 18 Ken Corts
(Toronto)
Inducing Information Provision through Competition Policy: Prohibitions on False and Unsubstantiated Claims
Mar 24 Simon Anderson
(Virginia)
Aggregative Games with Entry
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Mar 25 Chuck Romeo
(DOJ)
Filling Out the Instrument Set in Mixed Logit Demand Systems for Aggregate Data
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Apr 8 Tim Brennan
(UMBC)
Exclusion vs. Predation: Drawing Lines Between Easy and Hard Abuse Cases
Apr 15 Annamaria Lusardi
(Dartmouth)
Debt Literacy, Financial Experiences, and Over-indebtedness
Apr 22 Kitt Carpenter
(UC Irvine)
The Drinking Age, Alcohol Consumption, and Crime
Apr 29 Dan O'Brien & Dave Schmidt
(FTC)
Predicting Merger Effects Using Price Pressure Indices: Some Preliminary Results
May 6 Stephan Meier
(Columbia)
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
May 13 David Prentice
(La Trobe)
An Empirical Analysis of a Merger in the Australian Cigarette Industry
Seminar will be held in 1800 M Street Building, Room 8089
May 20 Baba Shiv
(Stanford)
May 27 Adair Morse
(Chicago-Booth)

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:40pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW. No prior security clearance is necessary except for the seminars held in room 4100. Address inquiries to Loren Smith (lsmith2@ftc.gov) or Tammy John (tjohn@ftc.gov).

Updated: January 20, 2010


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Spring 2009

Date

Speaker/Affliliation/Paper

Feb 19 Patrick Rey
(Toulouse School of Economics)
Resale Price Maintenance and Interlocking Relationships
Mar 12 Jay Shimshack
Mercury Advisories and Household Health Trade-Offs
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Mar 26 Charlie Holt
(University of Virginia)
Collusion in Auctions for Emission Permits: An Experimental Analysis
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Apr 9 Stefano DellaVigna
(UC Berkeley and NBER)
The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants on Obesity
Apr 16 Ken Hendricks
(Texas)
Information and the Skewness of Music Sales
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Apr 23 C. Lanier Benkard
(Stanford)
Simulating the Dynamic Effects of Horizontal Mergers: U.S. Airlines
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
Apr 30 Amalia Miller
(University of Virginia)
Electronic Discovery and Electronic Medical Records: Does the Threat of Litigation Affect Firm Decisions to Adopt Technology?
May 7 Jonathan Levin
(Stanford)
May 14 John Thanasoullis
(Oxford)
Upstream Competition and Downstream Buyer Power
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Room 4100
May 19 Luke Froeb (Vanderbilt University)
Bernhard Ganglmair (University of Zurich)
An Equilibrium Analysis of Antitrust as a Solution to the Problem of Patent Hold-Up
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Conference Room A at 10:30
May 21 Chris Knittel
Estimation of Random Coefficient Demand Models: Challenges, Difficulties and Warnings
(University of California, Davis)
June 4 Devin Pope
(University of Pennsylvania)
Is Tiger Woods Loss Averse? Persistent Bias in the Face of Experience, Competition, and Large Stakes
Seminar will be held in New Jersey Avenue Building, Conference Room C

Spring 2008

Date

Speaker/Paper/Host

Feb. 7 Ben Atkinson
(Competition Bureau Canada)
“Price Cycling”
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room B

 

Feb. 21 Robert Clark
(HEC)
"Market Structure and the Diffusion of Electronic Banking”
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room B
Feb. 28 Kim Sau Chung
(University of Minnesota)
“Loopholes”
Mar. 6 CANCELLED
Bob Hall
(Stanford University)
“The Incentive to Start New Companies: Evidence from Venture Capital”
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room A
Mar. 13 Rachel Soloveichik
(Bureau of Economic Analysis)
“Family Transfers in Rural Mexico, An Application to Risk Sharing and Labor Supply Elasticity”
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room A
Mar. 27 Jeff Prince
(Cornell University)
Measuring Welfare and the Effects of Regulation in a Government-Created Market: The Case of Medicare Part D Plans
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room A
Apr. 10 Chris Garmon
(Federal Trade Commission)
"An Empirical Test of Bargaining Theory: Major League Baseball's Rule IV Draft"
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room B
Apr. 17 Joe Farrell
(Berkeley)
“What Is (or Isn’t) the Competitive Process?”

 

Apr. 24 Emily Oster
(University of Chicago)
“Routes of Infection: Exports and HIV Incidence in Sub-Saharan Africa”
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room B
May 1 Phillip Leslie
(Stanford University)
The Welfare Effects of Ticket Resale
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room C
May 8 Claudio Lucarelli
(Cornell University)
Government Policy and the Dynamics of Market Structure: Evidence from Critical Access Hospitals
NJ Avenue Conference Center Room B
June 19 CANCELLED
Greg Crawford
(FCC)
NJ Room 4100

Fall 2007

Date

Speaker/Paper/Host

Sept. 6 Michael Baye
(FTC and Indiana)
“Clicks, Discontinuities, and Firm Demand Online”
Sept. 13 John Rust
(University of Maryland)
“Pricing and Selling Decisions by Rental Car Companies”
Sept. 20 Ana Aizcorbe
(Bureau of Economic Analysis)
“Intermittent Purchases and Welfare-Based Price Deflators for Durable Goods”
Seminar will be held in room 4100.
Oct. 4 David Prentice
(LaTrobe and Lehigh)
"The origins of American industrial success:  Evidence from the US portland cement industry."
Oct. 11 Sean Nicholson
(Cornell University)
"Is Early Childhood Television Viewing an Environmental Trigger for Autism?"
Seminar will be held in room 4100.
Oct. 18 Brian Krauth
(Simon Fraser University)
"Bounding a linear causal effect using relative correlation restrictions."
Oct. 25 Jeremy Fox
(University of Chicago)
“Measuring the Efficiency of an FCC Spectrum Auction.”
Nov. 1 Jacques Cremer
“The Value of Switching Costs”
Seminar will be held in room 4100.
Nov. 15 Matt Shum
(Johns Hopkins University)
"Estimating First-Price Auctions with Unknown Number of Bidders: A misclassification approach" (with Yingyao Hu)
Nov. 29 Oz Shy
“Market Dominance and Behavior-Based Pricing Under Horizontal and Vertical Differentiation.”
Dec. 6 Gautam Gowrisankaran
(University of Arizona)
“Dynamics of Consumer Demand for New Durable Goods”
Seminar will be held in room 4100.
Dec. 13 Kathy Zeiler
(Georgetown Law)
Seminar will be held in room 4100.

Spring 2007

Date

Speaker/Paper/Host

Jan. 18 Avi Goldfarb
(University of Toronto Rotman School of Business)
Geography and Electronic Commerce: Measuring Convenience, Selection, and Price (with Chris Forman and Anindya Ghose)
Feb. 8 Elizabeth Kiser and Ron Borzekowski
(Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
The Choice at the Check Out: Quantifying demand across payment instruments
Feb. 15 Victor Aguirregabiria
(University of Toronto)
Dynamic Spatial Competition between Multi-Store Firms (with Gustavo Vicentini)
Mar. 8 Aviv Nevo
(Northwestern)
Intermediation in Real Estate Markets: Evidence from Fsbomadison.com (with Igal Hendel and Francois Ortalo-Magne)
Notes: In rm NJ 4100
Mar. 15 Michael Nicholson
(Transylvania University)
Technical Assistance for Law and Economics: An empirical analysis in antitrust/competition policy. (with Daniel Sokol and Kyle Stiegert)
Notes: In rm NJ 4100
Mar. 22 Justin Wolfers
(U Penn Wharton)
Financial Markets and Politics: Evidence from Prediction Markets (with Erik Snowberg Eric Zitzewitz)
[PDF 1] [PDF 2 ]
Apr. 16 Ali Hortacsu
(Chicago)
What Makes You Click? Mate Preferences and Matching Outcomes in Online Dating (with Guenter Hitsch and Dan Ariely)
Apr. 26
CANCELED
Steve Berry
(Yale)
Horizontal and Vertical Product Variety in Radio Broadcasting (with Joel Waldfogel)
May 11 Chuck Thomas
(Clemson)
Horizontal Product Differentiation in Auction and Multilateral Negotiations (with Bart J. Wilson)
May 17 Michelle Goeree
(Claremont McKenna)
Was Mr. Hewlett Right? Mergers, Advertising, and the PC Industry
May 31 Brendan Cunningham
(Naval Academy and FTC)
Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Exposure and the Demand for Drugs

Fall 2006

Date

Speaker/Paper/Host

Sept. 14
Michael Salinger
(FTC)
The Role of Cost in Determining When Firms Offer Bundles (with D. Evans)
Sept. 28
Stan Liebowitz
(Texas,Dallas)
The Effect of Radio Play on Record Sales
Oct. 5 Judith Chevalier
(Yale)
State Casket Sales Restrictions: A Pointless Undertaking? (with Fiona Scott Morton)
Oct. 12
Gary Fournier
(Florida State)
What does Willingness-to-Pay reveal about hospital market power in merger cases?
Oct. 17
(Tues.)
James Eales
(Purdue)
Demand Elasticities for Fresh Fruit at the Retail Level (with C. Durham)
Oct. 26
David Warsh
(Economic Principals)
Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations
Nov. 2
Matt Lewis
(Ohio State)
Temporary Wholesale Gasoline Price Spikes have Long-lasting Retail Effects: The Aftermath of Hurricane Rita
Nov. 9
Room 4100
Christopher R. Knittel (California, Davis)
Strategic Incompatibility in ATM Markets (with Victor Stango of The Tuck School)
Nov. 13
(Mon.)
James C. Miller III
(Chairman, Board of Governors USPS )
TBA
Nov. 16
Pai-Ling Yin
(Harvard Business School)
Economic and Technical Drivers of Technology Choice: Browsers. (with Timothy F. Bresnahan)
Dec. 1
(Fri.)
Nicholas Souleles
(Wharton)
Do Consumers Choose the Right Credit Contracts? (with S. Agarwal, S. Chomsisengphet, and C. Liu)
Dec. 6
(Wed.)
Erich J. Muehlegger
(Harvard)
Measuring Illegal Activity and the Effect of Regulatory Innovation: A Study of Diesel Fuel Tax Evasion

Winter/Spring 2006

Date

Speaker/Paper/Host

Jan. 19
Mark Nadel
(FCC)
How the Standard Residential Real Estate Broker Commission Rate Structure Costs Home Buyers & Sellers Billions
Feb. 16
Mark Skidmore
(Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Do State Motor Fuel Sales-below-cost Laws Lower Prices? (with James Peltier and James Alm)
March 8
(Wed.)
Adam Copeland
(Federal Reserve)
Prices, Production and Inventories over the Automotive Model Year
(with Wendy Dunn and George Hall)
April 6
Chris Dellarocas
(Maryland)
The Sound of Silence in Online Feedback: Estimating Trading Risks in the Presence of Reporting Bias (with C. Wood)
April 13
Cancelled
Andrew Fallow
(Oxford)
The G8's Vaccine Development Plan: Will it work?
April 27
Cancelled
Ginger Jin
(Maryland)
Direct to Consumer Advertising and Prescription Choice (with T. Iizuka)
May 4
Shane Frederick
(MIT)
Cognitive Reflection and Decision Making
May 18
Cancelled
Debra Holt
(FTC)
Television Advertising: Content and Exposure
May 25
Jonathan Zinman
(Dartmouth)
What Monthly Payment Gets You in This Car: Payment/Interest Bias and the Market for Consumer Loans (with Victor Stango)
June 8
Leslie Marx
(FCC/Duke)
Quantitative Analysis of Coordinated Effects
with Bill Kovacic, Bob Marshall, and Steve Schulenberg
June 15 Tim Brennan
(UMBC/ Canadian Competition Bureau)
Three 'mini' essays on bundling
New Jersey Ave. - Room 4100
June 27
J. Stephen Clark
(Nova Scotia Agricultural College),
Will Fat Taxes Cause Americans to Become Fatter? Some Evidence From US Meats
(with J. Levedahl)
July 13
Marc Rysman
(Boston University)
Patents and Performance of Voluntary Standard Setting Organizations
(with Tim Simcoe)

Seminar Series - Fall 2005

Date

Speaker/Paper

Sept 21

Yossi Spiegel (Tel-Aviv University)
Partial Cross Ownership and Tacit Collusion

Oct. 6 Chad Syverson (Chicago)
Market Distortions when Agents are Better Informed:
The Value of Information in Real Estate Transactions
(with S. Levitt)

Nov. 3*

Charles Manski (Northwestern) Room 4100
Interpreting the Predictions of Prediction Markets

Nov. 10

Susan Athey (Stanford)
TBA

Nov. 17*

Jesse Shapiro (Chicago) Room 4100
Fooling Some of the People Some of the Time: Advertising and Limited Memory.

Dec. 1

Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth)
What’s Psychology Worth? A Field Experiment in the Consumer Credit Market (with M. Bertrand, D. Karlan, S. Mullainathan and E.Shafir )

Dec. 8

Andrew Sweeting (Northwestern)
Uniting and Turning the Guns on the Enemy: A Micro Study of Station Ownership, Programming and Listenership in the Music Radio Industry

Dec. 15

Amil Petrin (Chicago)
Omitted Product Attributes in Differentiated Product Models

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm in the ground floor Conference Center located at 601 New Jersey Ave. NW No prior security clearance is necessary.

*/ Seminar will take place in Room 4100 of the 601 New Jersey Ave. building. Please call or email ahead for security clearance. Contacts: Bernadette Harmon 202 326-3449 bharmon@ftc.gov
Joe Mulholland 202 326-3378 jmulholland@ftc.gov

Seminar Series - Fall 2005

Date

Speaker/Paper

Sept 21

Yossi Spiegel (Tel-Aviv University)
Partial Cross Ownership and Tacit Collusion

Oct. 6 Chad Syverson (Chicago)
Market Distortions when Agents are Better Informed:
The Value of Information in Real Estate Transactions
(with S. Levitt)

Nov. 3*

Charles Manski (Northwestern) Room 4100
Interpreting the Predictions of Prediction Markets

Nov. 10

Susan Athey (Stanford)
TBA

Nov. 17*

Jesse Shapiro (Chicago) Room 4100
Fooling Some of the People Some of the Time: Advertising and Limited Memory.

Dec. 1

Jonathan Zinman (Dartmouth)
What’s Psychology Worth? A Field Experiment in the Consumer Credit Market (with M. Bertrand, D. Karlan, S. Mullainathan and E.Shafir )

Dec. 8

Andrew Sweeting (Northwestern)
Uniting and Turning the Guns on the Enemy: A Micro Study of Station Ownership, Programming and Listenership in the Music Radio Industry

Dec. 15

Amil Petrin (Chicago)
Omitted Product Attributes in Differentiated Product Models

Seminar Series - Fall 2005

Date

Speaker/Paper

Sept 21
Yossi Spiegel
(Tel-Aviv University)
Partial Cross Ownership and Tacit Collusion
Oct. 6
Chad Syverson
(Chicago)
Market Distortions when Agents are Better Informed: The Value of Information in Real Estate Transactions (with S. Levitt)
Nov. 3* Charles Manski
(Northwestern) Room 4100
Interpreting the Predictions of Prediction Markets
Nov. 10
Susan Athey
(Stanford)
TBA
Nov. 17* Jesse Shapiro
(Chicago) Room 4100
Fooling Some of the People Some of the Time: Advertising and Limited Memory.
Dec. 1
Jonathan Zinman
(Dartmouth)
What’s Psychology Worth? A Field Experiment in the Consumer Credit Market (with M. Bertrand, D. Karlan, S. Mullainathan and E.Shafir )
Dec. 8 Andrew Sweeting
(Northwestern)
Uniting and Turning the Guns on the Enemy: A Micro Study of Station Ownership, Programming and Listenership in the Music Radio Industry
Dec. 15 Amil Petrin
(Chicago)
Omitted Product Attributes in Differentiated Product Models

Seminar Series - Winter/Spring 2005

Date

Speaker/Paper

Jan. 27
Leemore S. Dafny
(Northwestern)
Estimation and Identification of Merger Effects: An Application to Hospital Mergers
Feb. 10
Greg Elliehausen
(Georgetown)
Mortgage Brokers and the Subprime Mortgage Market
March 3 Andrew N. Kleit and James D. Reitzes
(Penn State/The Brattle Group)
Geographic Integration, Transmission Constraints, and Electricity Restructuring
March 17
John Asker
(NYU Stern)
Diagnosing Foreclosure Due to Exclusive Dealing
March 24
Mark Duggan
(Maryland)
The Distortionary Effects Of Government Procurement: Evidence from Medicaid Prescription Drug Purchasing (with Fiona Scott Morton)
Seminar will be in NJ 4100
March 31
3pm
Eric Posner
(Chicago Law)
Holding Internet Service Providers Accountable (with Douglas Lichtman)
April 14 Carl Shapiro
(California Berkeley)
How Strong Are Weak Patents (with Joe Farrell)
April 21 Alan Mathios
(Cornell)
Regulating Advertisements: The Case of Smoking Cessation Products
April 29
Friday
Gregory Duncan
(U.C. Berkeley)
Unbiased Simulators For Analytic Functions and Maximum Unbiased Liklihood Estimation
Seminar will be in NJ 4100
May 5 Marcus Asplund
(Columbia)
Pricing for Long-Run Profits: The Swedish Tobacco Monopoly 1916-1959
May 12 Florian Zettelmeyer
(California Berkeley)
$1000 Cash Back: Asymmetric Information in Auto Manufacturer Promotions
May 20
2pm
Michael Smith
(Carnegie Mellon)
Interest-Based Self-Organizing Peer-to-Peer Networks: A Club Economics Approach
Seminar will be in NJ 4100 Conference Room B
May 26 Robert McMillan
(FTC)
Different Flavor, Same Price: The Puzzle of Uniform Pricing for Differentiated Products
June 15
12pm
Morris Kleiner
(University of Minnesota)
Regulating Occupations: Does Occupational Licensing Increase Earnings and Reduce Employment Growth?
Seminar will be in NJ 4100

Seminar Series - Fall 2004

Seminar Series - Fall 2004

Date

Speaker/Paper

Oct. 7
Jean-pierre H. Dube
(Chicago)
An Empirical Model of Advertising Dynamics. (with H.. Hitsch, P. Manchanda)
Oct. 14
Emek Basker
(Missouri)
Selling a Cheaper Mousetrap: Entry and Competition in the Retail Sector
Oct. 27
(Wed.)
Brian Knight
(Brown)
Are Policy Platforms Capitalized into Equity Prices? Evidence from the Bush/Gore 2000 Presidential Election
Nov. 4
Raphael Thomadsen
(Columbia)
The Impact of Location on Prices: An Analysis in the Fast Food Industry
Nov. 17
(Wed.)
John Yun
(FTC)
Properties of Retail Product and Promotional Distribution (with Steven Tenn)
Dec. 1
(Wed.)
Eric Johnson
(Columbia)
Defaults, Framing and Privacy: Why Opting In Opting Out
Dec. 9 Francine Lafontaine
( Michigan )
Beyond Entry: Examining McDonald's Expansion in International Markets
Dec. 16
Note New Time: 2:00pm
David Laibson
(Harvard)
Shrouded Attributes and Information Suppression in Competitive Markets (with Xavier Gabaix)
Seminar will be in NJ 4100

Seminar Series - Spring 2004

Seminar Series - Spring 2004

Date

Speaker/Title

Jan. 29
Luke Froeb and Steven Tenn
(FTC)
Merger Effects when Firms Compete on Price and Advertising (with Steven Tschantz)
Feb. 5
Serge Moresi and Steve Salop
(Charles Rivers Associates/Georgetown Law)
Collusive Price Leadership by a Dominant Firm - Link to Seminar Slide Presentation
Feb. 26
Volker Nocke
(Wharton)
Do Vertical Mergers Facilitate Upstream Collusion? (with Lucy White)
March 18
Il-Horn Hann
(USC)
The Value of Online Information Privacy: An Empirical Investigation (with Kai-Lung Hui, Tom S. Lee, and I.P.L. Png)
March 25
Sean Nicholson
(Wharton)
Mergers and Acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industries (with Patricia Danzon and Andrew Epstein)
April 8
Paul Seabright
(Université de Toulouse)
A minimum of rivalry: evidence from transition economies on the importance of competition for innovation and growth
April 22
Josh Lerner
(Harvard)
Cooperative Marketing Agreements Between Competitors: Evidence from Patent Pools” (with Marcin Strojwas and Jean Tirole)
Cancelled
John Cawley
(Cornell)
Obesity as a Barrier to the Transition from Welfare to Work (with Sheldon Danziger)
May 6
Chris Adams
(FTC)
Digital Demand: Demand for Digital Cameras on eBay (with William Vogt)
May 12
(Wed.)
Patrick Bajari
(Duke)
Economic Insights from Internet Auctions: A Survey (with Ali Hortacsu)
Slides From Presentation
May 20
(Thurs.)
A. Mitchell Polinsky
(Stanford Law)
Remedies for Price Overcharges: The Deadweight Loss of Coupons and Discounts (with D. Rubinfeld)
June 10
Marshall van Alstyne
(Michigan)
Information Asymmetry and Thwarting Spam (with T.Loder and R. Wash)
June 17
Note New Time: 1:30
Cass Sunstein
(Chicago)
Debiasing Through Law (with Christine Jolls)
June 24
Haj Hadeishi and Dave Schmidt
(FTC)
"An Empirical Analysis of a Merger of Manufacturers of Complementary (?) Goods",
Note: Seminar will be in NJ 4100
July 2
Note New Time: 12:00pm
Glenn Woroch
(Berkeley)
Who Signed Up for the Do-Not-Call List? (with Hal Varian and Fredrik Wallenberg)

Seminar Series - Fall 2003

Date

Speaker/Title

Oct. 2
(Thur.)
Bart Wilson
(George Mason)
Experimental Gasoline Markets (with Cary Deck)
Oct. 30
Resnick Seminar Cancelled
Nov. 6
(Thur. at 1:30)
Nicholas Economides
(NYU)
Competition Policy In Network Industries: An Introduction
Nov. 13
(Thur. at 3:00)
Peter Grajzl and Peter Murrell
(Maryland)
Professions, Politicians, and Institutional Reforms
Nov. 20
(Thur.)
Abe Wickelgren
(FTC)
Media Mergers and the Ideological Content of Programming (with Dave Balan and Pat de Graba)
Nov. 24
(Mon.)
Kyle Bagwell
(Columbia)
Collusion with Persistent Cost Shocks (with Susan Athey)
Dec. 1
(Mon.)
Michael Whinston
Antitrust in Innovative Industries (with Ilya Segal)
Dec. 5
(Fri.)
Jeff Perloff
(Berkeley)
Welfare, Market Power, and Price Effects of Product Diversity: Canned Juices(with Michael Ward) - Presentation slides available

Seminar Series - Winter/Spring 2003

Date

Speaker/Title

Thursday,
January 9
Dan Kessler 
(Wharton)
"Is More Information Better?  The Effects of 'Report Cards' on Health Care Providers"  (with David Dranove, Mark McClellan, and Mark Satterthwaite) [PDF 278K]
Thursday,
January 16
William Vogt and Hao Xu 
(FTC/Carnegie Mellon)
"Optimal Bidding in Sequential Online Auctions" (with Ashish Arora and Rema Padman) [PDF 140K]
Thursday,
January 23
12:30 p.m.
Daniel Rubinfeld
(Berkeley)
"Aligning the Interests of Lawyers and Clients" (with A. Mitchell Polinsky)
Thursday,
February 13
Mark Manuszak
(Carnegie Mellon)
"The Impact of Upstream Mergers on Retail Gasoline Markets"
Tuesday,
March 25
M. Christopher Auld
(University of Calgary)
Causal Effect of Early Initiation on Adolescent Smoking Patterns
Wednesday,
April 2
Igal Hendel
(Wisconsin)
"Sales and Consumer Inventory" (with Avi Nevo)
Thursday,
April 10
Erik Hurst
(Chicago)
"Grasshoppers, Ants and Pre-Retirement Wealth:  A Test of Permanent Income Consumers"
Monday,
April 14
Jeremy Bulow
(Stanford)
"Matching and Price Competition" (with Jonathan Levin)
Thursday,
May 1
Dick Wittink
(Yale)
"Flexible Decompositions of Unit-sales Price Promotion Effects Based on Store Scanner Data"
Thursday,
May 22
Sofia Berto Villas-Boas
(Berkeley)
"Vertical Contracts Between Manufacturers and Retailers:  An Empirical Analysis"
Thursday,
May 29
Michelle White
(Cal-San Diego)
"Explaining the Flood of Asbestos Litigation:  Consolidation, Bifurcation, and Bouquet Trial"