ICLE Letter on the Proposed T-mobile/Sprint Merger and the State of the Relevant Economic Literature

9 Pages Posted: 30 May 2019

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Geoffrey A. Manne

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Eric Fruits

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE); Portland State University; Economics International Corp.

Justin (Gus) Hurwitz

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - College of Law; International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Julian Morris

International Center for Law and Economics; Reason Foundation; IEA, Institute of Economic Affairs, U.K.

Kristian Stout

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE)

Date Written: February 28, 2019

Abstract

Nonpartisan research center whose work promotes the use of law & economics methodologies to inform public policy debates. We believe that intellectually rigorous, data-driven analysis will lead to efficient policy solutions that promote consumer welfare and global economic growth.

We write to address a crucial question relevant to your upcoming, March 12 hearing on “The State of Competition in the Wireless Market: Examining the Impact of the Proposed Merger of T-Mobile and Sprint on Consumers, Workers, and the Internet”: the likely effects on consumer welfare that a “4-to-3” merger among the largest US mobile carriers would have. We are currently working on a comprehensive literature review of economic studies looking at such mergers in other developed countries. Although that review is not yet completed, this letter shares several notable preliminary conclusions for consideration by the Subcommittee.

Keywords: Antitrust, Consumer Welfare Standard, Telecom

Suggested Citation

Manne, Geoffrey and Fruits, Eric and Hurwitz, Justin (Gus) and Morris, Julian and Stout, Kristian, ICLE Letter on the Proposed T-mobile/Sprint Merger and the State of the Relevant Economic Literature (February 28, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3384355

Geoffrey Manne (Contact Author)

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

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Eric Fruits

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

2117 NE Oregon St.
Suite 501
Portland, OR 97232
United States

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Portland State University ( email )

United States

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Economics International Corp. ( email )

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Justin (Gus) Hurwitz

University of Nebraska at Lincoln - College of Law ( email )

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International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

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Julian Morris

International Center for Law and Economics ( email )

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Portland, OR 97232
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Reason Foundation ( email )

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IEA, Institute of Economic Affairs, U.K.

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Kristian Stout

International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) ( email )

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Ste 501
Portland, OR Oregon 97232
United States
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5037700076 (Fax)

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