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Course for Agency Economists
June 22-26, 2009

Agenda


Monday, June 22

Morning 
Horizontal restraints:  Oligopolies/information exchanges and other facilitating practices
• information exchanges/other facilitating practices and competition in oligopolistic markets
Instructor: Norman Familant, U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division

 Afternoon Mergers
• Refresher re basics economic concepts: e.g., market definition, market power & critical loss analysis
• Empirical techniques, econometric tools,
• Theories of harm  Sean Ennis, OECD;
Instructor: Miguel de la Mano, European Commission, DG Comp
Instructor: Dave Schmidt, U.S. Federal Trade Commission


Tuesday, June 23

Morning  
Mergers (cont'd) 
Instructor: Sean Ennis, OECD;
Instructor: Miguel de la Mano, European Commission, DG Comp
Instructor: Dave Schmidt, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Afternoon 
Mergers cont'd• Non-horizontal mergers 
Instructor: Miguel de la Mano, European Commission, DG Comp


Wednesday, June 24

Morning 
Single firm conduct
• Concepts and theories of harm in single firm conduct cases;
• “Hot topics” from the Commission’s Article 82 guidance paper
• Case review
Instructor: Miguel de la Mano, European Commission, DG Comp


Afternoon  
Single firm conduct (cont’d)
• Linked pricing strategies: Discounts, tying and bundling
Instructor:  Patrick Greenlee, Department of Justice Antitrust Division


Thursday, June 25

Morning  
Single firm conduct (cont’d)
• Continued case discussion 
Instructor: Patrick Greenlee, Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Instructor: Miguel de la Mano, European Commission, DG Comp

Afternoon Interactions and working relationships at competition agencies between economists and attorneys
The Commission’s “Code of conduct” for empirical work by economists 
Instructor: Patrick Greenlee, Department of Justice Antitrust Division
Instructor: Miguel de la Mano, European Commission, DG Comp


Friday, June 26

Morning 
Network industries & two sided markets
The example of payment systems 
Instructor: Marc Rysman, Boston University

Afternoon  IPRs & standard setting
Recent cases & economic theories 
Instructor: Marc Rysman, Boston University