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Economics Research at the FTC: Information, Retrospectives, and Retailing

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  • Luke Froeb

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  • Daniel Hosken
  • Janis Pappalardo

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Individual Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cases invariably raise broad questions about consumers, markets, and effective enforcement policy. Recent consumer protection cases raise questions about information regulation. Horizontal merger enforcement has recently focused on retrospective analysis of mergers and the role of the retail sector in predicting the effects of manufacturer mergers. In this paper, we describe research by the FTC’s Bureau of Economics that addresses these three areas. We argue that such research is well worth the agency’s relatively small resource investment because it demonstrably contributes to more thoughtful policy analysis and better policy outcomes. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Review of Industrial Organization.

Volume (Year): 25 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 353-374

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:25:y:2004:i:4:p:353-374

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Keywords: consumer protection; FTC; information; marketing; mergers; retailing;

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  1. Hendel, Igal & Nevo, Aviv, 2001. "Sales and Consumer Inventory," Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt11x3d68b, Department of Economics, Institute for Business and Economic Research, UC Berkeley.
  2. Tenn, Steven & Froeb, Luke & Tschantz, Steven, 2010. "Mergers when firms compete by choosing both price and promotion," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 28(6), pages 695-707, November.
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Cited by:
  1. Cotterill, Ronald W., 2006. "Antitrust analysis of supermarkets: global concerns playing out in local markets," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 50(1), March.
  2. Geoffrey Pofahl & Oral Capps & H. Alan Love, 2006. "Retail Zone Pricing and Simulated Price Effects of Upstream Mergers," International Journal of the Economics of Business, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 13(2), pages 195-215.
  3. Robert Marks, 2007. "Validating Simulation Models: A General Framework and Four Applied Examples," Computational Economics, Society for Computational Economics, vol. 30(3), pages 265-290, October.
  4. Cotterill, Ronald W., 2005. "Antitrust Analysis of Supermarket Retailing: Common Global Concerns that Play Out in Local Markets," Research Reports 25184, University of Connecticut, Food Marketing Policy Center.

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