Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy

Eighth Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy

Friday, September 18-Saturday, September 19, 2015

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.

The conference will feature Keynote Addresses by Nancy Rose, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Justice, Francine Lafontaine, Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission, and Massimo Motta, Chief Competition Economist, European Commission, DG Competition.

The conference will also feature a panel on Recent Proposed Transactions in the Telecom Industry, focusing on both the Proposed Comcast-TWC Transaction and the AT&T-DirecTV Transaction.

Agenda (pdf)


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


Merging Innovation into Antitrust Agency Enforcement of the Clayton Act (with Hillary Greene)
Richard J. Gilbert, Department of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Patent Privateering, Litigation, and R&D Incentives (with Emil Temnyalov)
Jorge Lemus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Economics

Mergers Facilitate Tacit Collusion: Empirical Evidence from the U.S. Brewing Industry (with Matthew Weinberg)
Nathan Miller, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

On the Relevance of Market Power
Louis Kaplow, Harvard Law School

Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership (with Jose Azar and Isabel Tecu)
Martin Schmalz, University of Michigan, Ross School of Business

Insulated Platform Competition
E. Glen Weyl, Microsoft Research, New England

Strategic Incentives When Supplying to Rivals (with Serge X. Moresi)
Marius Schwartz, Department of Economics, Georgetown University

Multiproduct-Firm Oligopoly:  An Aggregative Games Approach
Volker Nocke, University of Mannheim, Department of Economics

View past Antitrust Economics Conferences