Bureau of Economics

The FTC’s Bureau of Economics helps the FTC evaluate the economic impact of its actions by providing economic analysis for competition and consumer protection investigations and rulemakings, and analyzing the economic impact of government regulations on businesses and consumers.


Economic Research

Economic Research

The Bureau conducts economic studies and other research related to the missions of the FTC. Visit our Economics Research page for more information on this research, including the FTC Bureau of Economics Working Paper Series.

Seminar Series

Seminar Series

The Bureau of Economics hosts a seminar series where economists present current research. See our current seminar schedule.

Additional Information

Bureau of Economics Staff

Do you want to know more about the economists, financial analysts, and research analysts working here at the FTC? Take a look at our staff bios.


Careers in the Bureau

The Bureau of Economics (BE) has a proud tradition of providing scientifically sound, data-driven economic analysis that informs antitrust, consumer protection, and business regulation policy in the US. With a staff of approximately 80 PhD-holding applied microeconomists, BE plays an essential role in virtually all aspects of the FTC’s mission. Learn more about career opportunities in the Bureau. There also are opportunities for Research Analysts within the Bureau.

Eighth Annual FTC Microeconomics Conference (November 12-13, 2015)

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics and Northwestern University’s Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth will host a two-day conference to bring together scholars working in areas related to the FTC’s antitrust, consumer protection and public policy missions.