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Thursday, November 26, 2009

An Introduction to Network Industries

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An Introduction to Network Industries

This three session course, to be offered on December 2, 9, and 16 will discuss Network Industries:

Networks have frequently been at the heart of the great regulated industries of the day. This was true of railroads and telegraphs and is just as true of today’s natural gas industry, the electricity industry and telecommunications. The modern treatment of network industries focuses on approaches to regulating natural monopolies. Many of these industries are organized around physical networks, while others turn on platform competition and virtual networks.

This course will serve as an introduction to the law and economics of these industries. It will be based on the full-quarter course that Prof. Picker teaches at the University of Chicago Law School

Each class will be approximately one hour with time available for questions and answers.Each class will begin at 12:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The only technology required for attending is a computer with internet access and a phone.

Recommendations for reading material for this class will be forthcoming.

Dr. Randal Picker, Leffman Professor of Commercial Law, University of Chicago Law School

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