Friday, April 22, 2016

AAI TO HOST INVITATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE NON-PRICE EFFECTS OF MERGERS

AAI TO HOST INVITATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE NON-PRICE EFFECTS OF MERGERS

Experts from law, economics, and the business schools will convene on June 15 for the AAI’s 2016 Invitational Symposium, Non-price Effects And Mergers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective.  The symposium will examine the increasing importance of and emphasis on non-price dimensions of competition in merger analysis. This includes the effects of a merger on competition involving product quality, variety, service, and innovation.

The symposium will feature two panels and a capstone roundtable discussion. The first panel will feature multidisciplinary perspectives from the economics, law, and the business schools. This panel will take up issues relating to strategic management and marketing decisions, integration decisions, R&D strategy, and product positioning as they pertain to variety, quality (including privacy concerns), service offerings, and innovation.  The second panel will gather experts from the enforcement community experienced in a variety of merger cases involving non-price effects. They will debate the substantive and evidentiary issues involving non-price effects in merger analysis, with the goal of sketching a landscape against which non-price effects can gain traction in enforcement decision-making and inform competition policy more generally.

The symposium should be of special interest to those interested in mergers and their effects for competition and consumers, including scholars, consultants, and practitioners from antitrust, economics, and business.

This event is by invitation.  If you are interested in attending, please contact aai@antitrustinstitute.org

The event will coincide with, and serve to motivate in multidisciplinary ways, AAI’s 17th Annual Conference Living with Market Concentration? New Perspectives on Merger Policy to be held the following day on June 16, 2016. 

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