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Thursday, October 2, 2008

First Annual FTC Microeconomics Conference

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

The FTC will hold its First Annual Microeconomics Conference on November 6-7, 2008.

The press release states:

The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics will host a two day conference to bring together scholars working in industrial organization, information economics, game theory, quantitative marketing, consumer behavior, and other areas related to the FTC’s antitrust and consumer policy missions. Examples of potentially relevant topics include online advertising, information disclosure, horizontal and vertical mergers, bundling, loyalty and other discounts, dynamic oligopoly, intellectual property, and behavioral and experimental economics.      

The scientific committee for the  conference is:      

  • Susan Athey (Harvard)
  • Patrick Bajari (Minnesota)
  • John List (Chicago)
  • Carl Shapiro (Berkeley)
  • Scott Stern (Northwestern-Kellogg)      

The conference will be held at the Federal Trade Commission New Jersey Avenue Conference Center, 601 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.      


Pre-registration  for this conference is not necessary, but is encouraged so that we may better  plan for the event.
          To pre-register, please email your  name and affiliation to


NOTE: When you pre-register, we will collect your name, affiliation, and your email address. This information will be used to estimate how many people will attend. We may use your email address to contact you with information about the conference.

        Additional information  will be posted as it becomes available.    


  • Alan Sorensen “The Welfare Effects of Ticket   Resale”
  • Andrew Sweeting “Equilibrium Price Dynamics in Perishable Goods Markets:  The Case of Secondary Markets for Major League Baseball Tickets”
  • Steve Puller “Testing Theories of Price Dispersion and   Scarcity Pricing in the Airline Industry”
  • Stephen Meier “Charging Myopically Ahead: Evidence on   Present-Biased Preferences and Credit Card   Borrowing”
  • James Hilger “Expert Opinion and the Demand for   Experience Goods: An Experimental Approach in the   Retail”
  • Cary Deck “Price   Discrimination with Sequential Purchasing: Theory and   Experiments”
  • Dean Karlan “Put Your Money Where Your Butt Is:  A   Commitment Savings Account for Smoking Cessation”
  • Mike Waldman “Why Tie a Product Consumers Do Not Use?    Explanations – efficiency, price discrimination, and   exclusion”
  • Claudio Lucarelli “Sleeping with the Enemy: Inter-firm   Product Combinations”
  • Christian Rojas “The Role of Information and Monitoring   on Collusion”
  • Matt Weinberg “An Evaluation of Merger   Simulations”
  • Jeremy Fox “Improving the Numerical Performance of BLP Static and Dynamic Discrete Choice Random Coefficients Demand Estimation”
  • Katja Seim “Beyond Plain Vanilla: Modeling Joint Product   Assortment and Pricing Decisions”
  • David Reiley “Retail Advertising Works!...on   Yahoo!”
  • Anindya Ghose “Modeling and Estimating the Relationship   Between Organic and Paid Search Advertising”
  • Gunter Hitsch “Tipping and Concentration in Markets with   Indirect Network Effects”

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