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Economics at the FTC: Cases and Research, with a Focus on Petroleum


  • Luke Froeb


  • James Cooper
  • Mark Frankena
  • Paul Pautler
  • Louis Silvia


Economics at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) covers both the antitrust and consumer protection missions. In this year’s essay, we focus mainly on the competition-side of the agency. Drawing on a wealth of recent research, we provide descriptive and analytical information about the petroleum industry. Mergers, as always, were a major preoccupation of the FTC, and we discuss a few oil industry mergers as well as one leading litigated case – Arch Coal’s acquisition of Triton Coal. Finally, we review the empirical literature on the effects of vertical restraints, noting that the literature supporting an animus toward such restraints is surprisingly weak. Copyright Springer 2005

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  • Luke Froeb & James Cooper & Mark Frankena & Paul Pautler & Louis Silvia, 2005. "Economics at the FTC: Cases and Research, with a Focus on Petroleum," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 27(3), pages 223-252, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:27:y:2005:i:3:p:223-252
    DOI: 10.1007/s11151-005-3493-0

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    1. Abrantes-Metz, Rosa M. & Froeb, Luke M. & Geweke, John & Taylor, Christopher T., 2006. "A variance screen for collusion," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 467-486, May.
    2. Cooper, James C. & Froeb, Luke M. & O'Brien, Dan & Vita, Michael G., 2005. "Vertical antitrust policy as a problem of inference," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 23(7-8), pages 639-664, September.
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    1. Aune, Finn Roar & Mohn, Klaus & Osmundsen, Petter & Rosendahl, Knut Einar, 2010. "Financial market pressure, tacit collusion and oil price formation," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 389-398, March.


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