Thursday, November 08, 2012

[Event] FTC Microeconomics Conference Nov. 15

The Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference is held annually in November and brings together researchers from universities throughout the world, other government agencies, and other organizations to discuss antitrust, consumer protection, and policy issues that the economists in the FTC’s Bureau of Economics encounter in their work. The conference also provides an opportunity for scholars outside the FTC to gain a better understanding of the work of the FTC and the economic analysis conducted within the FTC’s Bureau of Economics.
The scientific committee for the conference is:
  • Michael Baye (University of Indiana Kelley School of Business)
  • Ginger Jin (University of Maryland)
  • Francine Lafontaine (University of Michigan Ross School of Business)
  • Michael Mazzeo (Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management)
Organizer: Chris Adams (FTC)
The conference will be held at the Federal Trade Commission New Jersey Avenue Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.


Thursday, November 15
8:30 a.m.   Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Howard Shelanski (Federal Trade Commission)
9:15 a.m. Panel Session One: Economics of Privacy
Chaired by Michael Baye (University of Indiana)
  William Kovacic (George Washington University Law School)
  Catherine Tucker (MIT, Sloan)
10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:35 a.m. Keynote Address:
Francine Lafontaine (University of Michigan)    
11:05 a.m.  Paper Session One: Search, Advertising and Product Quality
Chaired by Francine Lafontaine (University of Michigan)
  Justin Johnson (Cornell University, Johnson), MFN Clauses and the Agency and Wholesale Models in Electronic Content Markets
    Discussant: Justin Ho (Charles River Associates)
  Mitsukuni Nishida (Johns Hopkins University), Does Regulation Drive Competition? Evidence from the Spanish local TV industry
    Discussant: Mo Xiao (University of Arizona)
  Emek Basker (University of Missouri), Taken by Storm: Business survival in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
    Discussant: Jagadeesh Sivadasan (University of Michigan, Ross)
12:35 p.m. Lunch
1:10 p.m. Keynote Address
Ginger Jin (University of Maryland)
1:40 p.m. Paper Session Two: Firm Behavior and Policy
Ginger Jin (University of Maryland)
  Randall Lewis (Google), Display Advertising’s Impact on Online Branded Search
    Discussant: Patrick Bajari (University of Minnesota and Amazon)
  Andrew Ching (University of Toronto, Rotman), A Structural Analysis of Detailing, Publicity and Correlated Learning: The case of statins
    Discussant: Minjae Song (University of Rochester, Simon)
  Itai Ater (Tel Aviv University), The Effect of the Internet on Performance and Quality: Evidence from the Airline Industry
    Discussant: Silke Forbes (Case Western Reserve University)
3:10 p.m Afternoon Break
3:30 p.m. Paper Session Three: Structural Models in Applied IO
Chaired by Michael Mazzeo (Northwestern University, Kellogg)
  Ulrich Doraszelski (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton), The Economics of Predation: What drives pricing when there is learning-by-doing?
    Discussant: Andrew Sweeting (Duke University)
  Paul Grieco (Penn State University), Productivity and Quality in Health Care: Evidence from the dialysis industry
    Discussant: Matthew Grennan (University of Toronto, Rotman)
  Nathan Yang (Yale School of Management), March of the Chains: Herding in Restaurant Locations
    Discussant: Daniel Xu (Duke University) 
5:00 p.m.  Close
Friday, November 16
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address  
Michael Baye (Indiana University)
9:30 a.m. Paper Session Four: Economics of Advertising Markets
Chaired by Michael Baye (Indiana University)
  Itzhak Ben-David (Ohio State University, Fisher), Collateral Valuation and Institutional Pressures: Evidence from the residential real-estate market
    Discussant: Lawrence J. White (New York University, Stern)
  Michael Sinkinson (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton), Competition and Ideological Diversity: Historical evidence from US newspapers.
    Discussant: Lisa George (Hunter College, City University of New York)
  Michael Smith (Carnegie Mellon University), The Effect of Graduated Response Anti-Privacy Laws on Music Sales: Evidence from an event study in France
Discussant: JooHee Oh (MIT, Sloan)
    Discussant: JooHee Oh (MIT, Sloan)
11:00 a.m.   Morning Break
11:20 a.m. Keynote Address
Michael Mazzeo (Northwestern University, Kellogg)
11:50 p.m. Panel Session Two: Economics of Hospital Competition
Chaired by Christopher Garmon (Federal Trade Commission)
  David Argue (Economists Incorporated)
  Cory Capps (Bates White)
  Leemore Dafny (Federal Trade Commission)
  Robert Town (University of Pennsylvania, Wharton)
12:50 p.m.  Close
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