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An institution with a long history should pause from time to time to take stock. This serves several important purposes. It helps the agency review where it has been, discern the general trajectory of thought over the years, identify the issues of enduring importance, and refine its strategy for pursuing those goals more effectively in the future.

With these things in mind the FTC convened a two-day Symposium on the occasion of its 90th birthday. The event featured over 50 participants, including current Commissioners and other agency officials, as well as prominent academics and practitioners, many of whom are FTC alumnae. The papers presented looked well back into the past for the roots of the agency's policies, and well ahead in their recommendations for future actions.

  • Wednesday, September 22, 2004

    9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


    • Judith Bailey
    • Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras

    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    "The First 90 Years: Promise and Performance"

    • Ernest Gellhorn (moderator)
    • William E. Kovacic
    • Marc Winerman
    • Edward Cox
    • Jesse Markham

    11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

    "Kids, Calls, and Cigarettes: Successful - and Not So Successful - Consumer Protection Initiatives"

    • Lydia B. Parnes and C. Lee Peeler (moderators)
    • Teresa Schwartz
    • William MacLeod
    • Sidney Milkis
    • Jodie Bernstein
    • Commissioner Orson Swindle

    12:45p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

    Lunch Program: "A Conversation with Tim Muris and Bob Pitofsky"

    • Calvin J. Collier (moderator)
    • Robert Pitofsky
    • Timothy J. Muris

    2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    "Price Discrimination, Professions, Joint Ventures, and Exclusionary Conduct: From Protecting Competitors to Protecting Competition"

    • Alden F. Abbott (moderator)
    • John L. Peterman
    • Kathryn M. Fenton
    • John Kwoka
    • Kenneth G. Elzinga
    • Jonathan B. Baker
    • Susan A. Creighton

    3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    "Under One Umbrella: Integrating the Competition and Consumer Protection Missions"

    • Neil Averitt (moderator)
    • Caswell O. Hobbs
    • Robert H. Lande
    • Robert Skitol
    • Mary Lou Steptoe
    • Commissioner Thomas B. Leary

    6:00 p.m.

    Reception and Dinner (7:00 p.m.) In Honor of the FTC's 90th Anniversary

    Thursday, September 23, 2004

    9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    "Injunctions, Divestiture, and Disgorgement: The Evolution of FTC Remedies"

    • Judith Bailey (Welcome)
    • John D. Graubert (moderator)
    • David M. FitzGerald
    • Claudia R. Higgins
    • David Balto
    • Ann B. Malester
    • Melvin H. Orlans

    10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

    "Beyond Litigation: Studies, Guidelines, and Policy Statements"

    • Maureen K. Ohlhausen (moderator)
    • Robert Atkinson
    • Howard Beales
    • Hillary Greene
    • William J. Baer
    • Commissioner Jon Leibowitz

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Lunch Program: "Economics Comes of Age at the FTC"

    • Paul A. Pautler (moderator)
    • Luke Froeb
    • Jonathan B. Baker
    • David Scheffman

    1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    "The FTC and Other Government Agencies: Conflict and Cooperation"

    • Paul A. Pautler (moderator)
    • Todd J. Zywicki
    • John Delacourt
    • Thomas Krattenmaker
    • Pauline M. Ippolito
    • Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour

    2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    "Competition and Consumer Protection in the World Economy: Conflict, Cooperation and Convergence"

    • Hugh G. Stevenson and Randolph W. Tritell (moderators)
    • Terry Calvani
    • Allan Fels
    • David Gerber
    • Mozelle W. Thompson

    4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    Symposium Wrap-Up: "90 Years and Two Days in 45 Minutes: What Did We Learn?"

    • Stephen Calkins

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