Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy

Ninth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy

Friday, September 16-Saturday, September 17, 2016

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where leading scholars from across the country can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high quality research relevant to antitrust economics and competition policy.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth and the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization at Northwestern University.


Attendance for the conference is by invitation only and space is limited. To request an invitaiton please send a message that includes your full profesional contact information to


Property Rules vs Liability Rules for Patent Infringement
Carl Shapiro, Walter A. Haas School of Business and Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

The Rule of Reason and Loyalty Rebates
Fiona Scott Morton, Yale University School of Management

Exit, Tweets, and Loyalty (with Avi Goldfarb and Mara Lederman)
Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Vertical MFNs and the Credit Card No-Surcharge Rule
Dennis Carlton, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Ralph Winter, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Ownership Concentration and Strategic Supply Reduction (with Ulrich Doraszelski, Katja Seim and Peichun Wang)
Michael Sinkinson, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Standard Setting Organizations and Standard Essential Patents:  Voting Power vs Market Power
Daniel F. Spulber, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Maintaining Privacy in Cartels (with Takuo Sugaya)
Alexander G. Wolitzky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics

The Tragedy of the Last Mile: Congestion Externalities in Broadband Networks (with Jacob Malone and Jonathan Williams)
Aviv Nevo, The Wharton School of Business and Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania

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