The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University virtually hosted the 14th Annual FTC Microeconomics Conference on November 4 and 5, 2021. This event brought together scholars working in areas related to the FTC’s antitrust, consumer protection, and public policy missions.
The scientific committee for the conference was:
- Alessandro Bonatti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Judith A. Chevalier (Yale School of Management)
- Robin S. Lee (Harvard University)
Organizers: Yan Lau (FTC) and Tom Koch (FTC)
Staff Contact: Alexander Avramov (202-326-3003)
This conference was sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University.
ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP
Given the ongoing pandemic, this year's conference was held virtually.
Thursday, November 4
Marta E. Wosińska (Federal Trade Commission) and Steven Berry (Yale University & Tobin Center for Economic Policy)
Chaired by Yan Lau & Tom Koch (Federal Trade Commission)
Jessica Fong (University of Michigan, Ross School of Business) with Tong Guo (Duke University, Fuqua School of Business) and Anita Rao (The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business), Debunking Misinformation in Advertising
Discussant: Ginger Jin (University of Maryland)
Sarah Moshary (The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business) with Natasha Bhatia (Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management) and Anna Tuchman (Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management), Investigating the Pink Tax: Evidence against a Systematic Price Premium for Women in CPG
Discussant: Amalia R. Miller (University of Virginia)
"Gig Work and Digital Platforms"
Judith A. Chevalier (Yale School of Management)
Chaired by Judith A. Chevalier (Yale School of Management)
Nathan H. Miller (Georgetown University) with Peter Caradonna (Georgetown University) and Gloria Sheu (Federal Reserve Board), Mergers, Entry, and Consumer Welfare
Discussant: Christopher Conlon (New York University, Stern School of Business)
Ali Yurukoglu (Stanford University, Graduate School of Business) with C. Lanier Benkard (Stanford University, Graduate School of Business) and Anthony Lee Zhang (The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business), Concentration in Product Markets
Discussant: Chad Syverson (The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
First Day of Conference Concludes
Friday, November 5
Alessandro Bonatti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Chaired by Alessandro Bonatti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Garrett A. Johnson (Boston University, Questrom School of Business) with Samuel G. Goldberg (Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management) and Scott K. Shriver (University of Colorado – Boulder, Leeds School of Business), Regulating Privacy Online: an Economic Evaluation of the GDPR
Discussant: Avi Goldfarb (University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management)
Lena Song (New York University) with Hunt Allcott (Microsoft Research and NBER) and Matthew Gentzkow (Stanford University and NBER), Digital Addiction
Discussant: Ro’ee Levy (Tel Aviv University, School of Economics)
"Contracting over Rebates: Formulary Design and Pharmaceutical Spending"
Robin S. Lee (Harvard University; Joint Work with Kate Ho, Princeton University)
Chaired by Robin S. Lee (Harvard University)
Michael Rubens (University of California, Los Angeles), Market Structure, Oligopsony Power, and Productivity
Discussant: Allan Collard-Wexler (Duke University)
Kei Kawai (University of California - Berkeley) with Jun Nakabayashi (Kindai University), Juan Ortner (Boston University), and Sylvain Chassang (Princeton University), Using Bid Rotation and Incumbency to Detect Collusion: A Regression Discontinuity Approach
Discussant: Nicolas de Roos (The University of Sydney)
All times listed are in EST.