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Thirteenth Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference November 5-6, 2020

Thirteenth Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference

13th Annual Federal Trade Commission Microeconomics Conference


The Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Economics and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University will virtually host the 13th Annual FTC Microeconomics Conference on November 5 and 6, 2020. This event will bring together scholars working in areas related to the FTC’s antitrust, consumer protection, and public policy missions.

The scientific committee for the conference is:

  • Andrew Caplin (New York University)
  • Philip Haile (Yale University)
  • Justine Hastings (Brown University)

Organizers: Ted Rosenbaum (FTC) and Yan Lau (FTC)

Staff Contact: Alexander Avramov (202-326-3003)

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s conference will be held virtually.


This conference is sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Economics and the Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University.


To register, please fill out the registration form with your name, email, and affiliation. You will receive a confirmation email when your registration is complete containing the Zoom conference information. We will use your email address to contact you with information about the conference and will share your name and email address with the conference co-sponsors. The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate. For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission's system for mailing lists. For more details, please see the FTC Privacy Policy.


The conference is free and open to the public. In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s conference will be held virtually. Please register using the information above.



Thursday, November 5

10:00 a.m. 


Andrew Sweeting (Federal Trade Commission) and Steven Berry (Yale University & Tobin Center for Economic Policy)

10:15 a.m.

Paper Session

Chaired by Ted Rosenbaum & Yan Lau (Federal Trade Commission)

Runshan Fu (Carnegie Melon University) with Manmohan Aseri (University of Pittsburgh), Param Vir Singh (Carnegie Melon University), and Kannan Srinivasan (Carnegie Melon University), “Un”Fair Machine Learning Algorithms

Discussant: Susan Athey (Stanford Graduate School of Business)

Brett Hollenbeck (UCLA) with Renato Zaterka Giroldo (Cornerstone Research), Winning Big: Scale and Success in Retail 

Discussant: Nancy Rose (MIT)

11:45 a.m. 


1:00 p.m. 

Keynote Address, "Fact-Based Policy: New Opportunities to Improve Policy with Data, Science and Technology"

Justine Hastings (Brown University)

1:40 p.m.


2:00 p.m. 

Paper Session

Chaired by Justine Hastings (Brown University)

Christopher M. Whaley (RAND Corporation) with Daniel R. Arnold (University of California – Berkeley), Who Pays for Health Care Costs? The Effects of Health Care Prices on Wages

Discussant: Robert Town (University of Texas at Austin)

Leemore Dafny (Harvard Business School) with David Cutler (Harvard University), David C. Grabowski (Harvard Medical School), Steven Lee (Brown University), and Christopher Ody (Analysis Group), Do Self-Referrals Help Patients or Providers? The Case of Hospital-Owned Skilled Nursing Facilities

Discussant: Benjamin Handel (University of California – Berkeley)

3:30 p.m. 

First Day of Conference Concludes


Friday, November 6

9:00 a.m. 

Keynote Address, "Identifying Demand through Quasi-Experimental Variation"

Phil Haile (Yale University)

9:40 a.m. 


10:00 a.m. 

Paper Session

Chaired by Phil Haile (Yale University)

Chenyu Yang (University of Maryland) with Ying Fan (University of Michigan), Product Repositioning and Firm Entry in the California Craft Beer Market

Discussant: Katja Seim (Yale University)

Alexander MacKay (Harvard Business School) with Zach Y. Brown (University of Michigan), Competition in Pricing Algorithms

Discussant: John Asker (UCLA)

11:30 a.m. 


1:00 p.m.

Keynote Address, "Using Choice Data to Regulate Product Presentation"

Andrew Caplin (New York University)

1:40 p.m. 


2:00 p.m.

Paper Session

Chaired by Andrew Caplin (New York University)

Megan Hunter (Boston College Carroll School of Management), Chasing Stars: Firms' Strategic Responses to Online Consumer Ratings

Discussant: Greg Lewis (Microsoft)

Patrick J. Kehoe (Stanford University) with Bradley J. Larsen (Stanford University) and Elena Pastorino (Stanford University), Dynamic Competition in the Era of Big Data

Discussant: Benjamin Shiller (Brandeis University)

3:30 p.m.

Conference Concludes

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