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Thursday, November 3, 2022 - Friday, November 4, 2022

Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University will host the 15th Annual FTC Microeconomics Conference on November 3 and 4, 2022 in Washington, D.C. This will be a hybrid event that will bring together scholars working in areas related to the FTC’s antitrust, consumer protection, and public policy missions.
The scientific committee for the conference is:

  • Dirk Bergemann (Yale University)
  • Julie Holland Mortimer (University of Virginia)
  • Catherine Tucker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Organizers: Tom Koch (FTC) and Will Violette (FTC)
Staff Contact: Stephanie Aaron (202-326-3099)

We are continually monitoring the coronavirus situation as it pertains to our conference. If circumstances are such that an in-person conference would not be wise or feasible, we are making contingency plans to have an online event.

Sponsors

This conference is 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

The conference is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to join remotely or in-person. For those attending in-person, visitors must use the D Street entrance. Please arrive in time to go through security. The security processing will include a metal detector and X-ray screening of all hand carried items. You must have a valid government issued photo ID (government badge, license, passport, etc.). The conference will follow the AEA’s code of professional conduct

  • Agenda

    Thursday, November 3

    8:30 a.m.

    Registration

    9:00 a.m.

    Welcome

    Mike Vita (Federal Trade Commission)

    9:15 a.m.

    Paper Session

    Chaired by Dirk Bergemann (Yale University) presented by Alessandro Bonatti (M.I.T.)

    Zi Yang Kang (Stanford University) with Shoshana Vasserman (Stanford University and NBER), Robust Bounds for Welfare Analysis
         Discussant: Christopher Adams (Congressional Budget Office)


    Kevin R. Williams (Yale University and NBER) with Ali Hortaçsu (University of Chicago and NBER) and Aniko Öry (Yale University), Dynamic Price Competition:
    Theory and Evidence from Airline Markets

         Discussant: Juan Ortner (Boston University)

    10:45 a.m.

    Break

    11:15 a.m.

    Keynote Address, “Data, Competition and Digital Platforms”

    Dirk Bergemann (Yale University) presented by Alessandro Bonatti (M.I.T.)

    11:55 a.m.

    Lunch

    1:00 pm

    Paper Session

    Chaired by Thomas Koch and Will Violette (FTC)

    Michael R. Richards (Baylor University) with Haizhen Lin (Indiana University), Elizabeth L. Munnich (University of Louisville), Christopher M. Whaley (RAND Corporation) and Xiaoxi Zhao (RAND Corporation), Private Equity and Surgical Care Markets
         Discussant: Leemore Dafny (Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School)


    Zhenling Jiang (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) with Yanhao ‘Max’ Wei (Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California), Tat Chan (Olin Business School, Washington University in St Louis) and Naser Hamdi (Equifax, Inc.), Designing Dealer Compensation in the Auto Loan Market: Implications from a Policy Change
         Discussant: Pranav Jindal (UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School)

    2:30 pm

    Break

    3:00 p.m.

    Keynote Address, “Diversion and the Use of Second-Choice Data”

    Julie Holland Mortimer (University of Virginia)

    3:40 p.m.

    Break

    4:00 p.m.

    Keynote Address, “Data Accuracy, Digital Exclusion and Inequality”

    Catherine Tucker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    4:40 p.m.

    First Day of Conference Concludes

    Friday, November 4

    8:45 a.m.

    Welcome

    Steven Berry (Yale University)

    9:00 a.m.

    Paper Session 

    Chaired by Catherine Tucker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

    John D. Kepler (Stanford University, Graduate School of Business) with Valeri V. Nikolaev (Booth School of Business, University of Chicago), Nicholas Scott-Hearn (Booth School of Business, University of Chicago), and Christopher R. Stewart (Booth School of Business, University of Chicago), Quality Transparency and Healthcare
    Competition

         Discussant: Daisy W. Dai (Purdue University)


    Daniel Goetz (University of Toronto Mississauga, Rotman School of Management), Telemedicine Competition, Pricing, and Technology Adoption: Evidence from Talk Therapists
         Discussant: Sophie Calder-Wang (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

    10:30 a.m.

    Break

    11:00 a.m.

    Paper Session

    Chaired by Julie Holland Mortimer (University of Virginia)

    Mert Demirer (MIT, Sloan) with Ömer Karaduman (Stanford University, GSB), Do Mergers and Acquisitions Improve Efficiency: Evidence from Power Plants
         Discussant: Vivek Bhattacharya (Northwestern University)

    Yunan Ji (Georgetown University), Can Competitive Bidding Work in Health Care? Evidence from Medicare Durable Medical Equipment
         Discussant: Gaurab Aryal (Washington University in St. Louis)

    12:30 p.m.

    Conference Concludes

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.

This event is open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded. By participating in this event, you are agreeing that your image — and anything you say or submit — may be posted indefinitely at ftc.gov or on one of the Commission's publicly available social media sites.