Economics Research at the Ftc: Information, Retrospectives, and Retailing

42 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2004

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Luke M. Froeb

Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management

Daniel S. Hosken

Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission

Janis Pappalardo

U.S. Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Economics

Abstract

Individual Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cases invariably raise broad questions about consumers, markets, and effective enforcement policy. Recent consumer protection cases raise questions about information regulation. Horizontal merger enforcement has recently focused on retrospective analysis of mergers, and the role of the retail sector in predicting the effects of manufacturer mergers. In this paper, we describe research by the FTC's Bureau of Economics that addresses these three areas. We argue that such research is well worth the agency's relatively small resource investment because it demonstrably contributes to more thoughtful policy analysis and better policy outcomes.

Keywords: FTC, Consumer Protection, Retailing, Mergers, Information, Marketing

Suggested Citation

Froeb, Luke M. and Hosken, Daniel S. and Pappalardo, Janis, Economics Research at the Ftc: Information, Retrospectives, and Retailing. Review of Industrial Organization, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=592101

Luke M. Froeb (Contact Author)

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Daniel S. Hosken

Government of the United States of America - Federal Trade Commission ( email )

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Janis Pappalardo

U.S. Federal Trade Commission - Bureau of Economics ( email )

600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580
United States

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