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The benefits of an investment in an energy efficient durable good depend on the life of the investment. If the expected length of ownership is mis-estimated, this will bias calculations of the benefits of energy efficiency, including estimates of the energy efficiency gap. This paper...
Despite their widespread usage, little is known about the predictive accuracy of different discrete choice demand models. To evaluate their performance, we use a series of natural disasters that unexpectedly removed hospitals from consumers' choice sets.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments opposing proposed legislation in Alabama that purports to immunize “authorities” formed by any public university operating a medical school in Alabama, and their collaborative activities “with all types of health care providers,” from the...
The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics 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.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the FTC’s 2015 Annual Highlights today, featuring some of the agency’s key efforts to benefit consumers and promote competition over the past calendar year.
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment, as public testimony, to the Alaska legislature on proposed legislation that would allow licensed Alaska physicians located out-of-state to provide telehealth services in the same manner as in-state physicians. 
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment on the competitive implications of proposed legislation that would license and regulate denturists within Kentucky.  Denturists are trained to make and fit removable partial and full dentures. Currently, Kentuckians who need dentures must obtain...
“Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women. There is so much yet to be done.” – Suffragist Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) The consumer movement, trust-busting, the women’s movement, and the work of the FTC have traveled parallel (and often...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment regarding proposed legislation that would broaden the types of settings under which Georgia dental hygienists are allowed to provide preventive care without the direct supervision of a dentist. The comments are in response to a request from...
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment in the New York State Public Service Commission’s (NY PSC’s) Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding regarding that agency’s “Staff White Paper on Ratemaking and Utility Business Models” (Revenues White Paper).
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has appointed Professor Ginger Zhe Jin as Director of its Bureau of Economics, succeeding Francine Lafontaine, who is returning to the University of Michigan. She has also named Alison Oldale as the Bureau’s Deputy Director for Antitrust.
This paper analyzes factors that affect the exit and expansion of U.S. petroleum refineries using plant-level capacity data from 1947 to 2013. We find that larger refineries are less likely to close and that refineries owned by a multi-plant firm are more likely to close. If a multi-...
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments on the competitive impact of legislative proposals to modify the supervision requirements imposed on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in South Carolina. The comments are in response to a request from South Carolina State...
This paper studies Tesoro’s 2013 acquisition of British Petroleum’s Los Angeles refinery. We present a merger simulation model tailored to the gasoline market, which includes Cournot firms and a price-taking fringe. This hybrid model generates margins that are more plausible than...
Federal Trade Commission staff has submitted a comment to Pennsylvania State Representative Robert W. Godshall in response to his request for the FTC’s views on legislative proposals that would further regulate the pre-need sale of cemetery and funeral merchandise and services in Pennsylvania.
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted comments to the Virginia and Tennessee Departments of Health as the agencies promulgate proposed rules regarding hospital cooperation agreements in Virginia and Ten
The Federal Trade Commission staff submitted a comment to the New York State Public Service Commission (NY PSC) regarding that agency’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceeding.
This paper analyzes the accuracy of various prospective hospital merger screening methods used by antitrust agencies and the courts. The qualitative and quantitative predictions of the screening methods calculated with pre-merger data are compared with the actual post-merger price...
The Federal Trade Commission staff has told the Federal Communications Commission that the FCC's recently proposed modifications in radio ownership rules may result in significant cost-savings and other consumer benefits. In comments sent to the FCC, the FTC staff said the proposals may promote...

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