A Critical Evaluation of the FTC's Theory of Product Hopping as a Way to Promote Competition

15 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2016

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Dennis W. Carlton

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Frederic Flyer

Compass Lexecon

Yoad Shefi

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; Compass Lexecon

Date Written: July 8, 2016

Abstract

This paper evaluates the effect on competition of adopting the FTC’s product hopping theory as an antitrust doctrine. The paper criticizes the theory and explains why it would be a mistake to adopt it as a guide to antitrust liability.

Keywords: Product Hopping, Pharmaceuticals, Antitrust, Hatch-Waxman, Regulation, Free-Riding

JEL Classification: K21, L4, L5, L40, L41, L50, I18, O34, O38

Suggested Citation

Carlton, Dennis W. and Flyer, Frederic and Shefi, Yoad, A Critical Evaluation of the FTC's Theory of Product Hopping as a Way to Promote Competition (July 8, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2808822 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2808822

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Frederic Flyer

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