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Event Description

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)

SPONSORS

This conference was sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University.

REGISTRATION

This year's conference is now over. We will use your email address to contact you with information about the conference and will share your name and email address with the conference co-sponsors. The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission's system for mailing lists. For more details, please see the FTC Privacy Policy.

ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP

Given the ongoing pandemic, this year's conference was held virtually.

  • Thursday, November 4

    10:00 a.m. 

    Welcome

    Marta E. Wosińska (Federal Trade Commission) and Steven Berry (Yale University & Tobin Center for Economic Policy)

    10:15 a.m.

    Paper Session

    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)

    11:45 a.m. 

    Break

    1:00 p.m. 

    "Gig Work and Digital Platforms"

    Judith A. Chevalier (Yale School of Management)

    1:40 p.m.

    Break

    2:00 p.m. 

    Paper Session

    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)

    3:30 p.m. 

    First Day of Conference Concludes


    Friday, November 5

    9:00 a.m. 

    "Data Governance"

    Alessandro Bonatti (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    9:40 a.m. 

    Break

    10:00 a.m. 

    Paper Session

    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)

    11:30 a.m. 

    Break

    1:00 p.m.

    "Contracting over Rebates: Formulary Design and Pharmaceutical Spending"

    Robin S. Lee (Harvard University; Joint Work with Kate Ho, Princeton University)

    1:40 p.m. 

    Break

    2:00 p.m.

    Paper Session

    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

    DiscussantNicolas de Roos (The University of Sydney)

    3:30 p.m.

    Conference Concludes

    All times listed are in EST.

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FTC Privacy Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s comprehensive Privacy Policy.

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