New study finds mergers lead to price hikes

The mergers that are on the enforcement margin at the antitrust agencies lead, on average, to a price increase of 5 percent.

This is the core conclusion of a new book by John Kwoka, which surveys and aggregates several decades’ worth of peer-reviewed retrospective studies of the actual effects of mergers. Kwoka was formerly on the Federal Trade Commission staff and is now a professor of economics at Northeastern University.  His …

Wright pledges to push for FTC vote defining Section 5 next week

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Georgia AG slams FTC on handling of Phoebe Putney case

With the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge to Phoebe Putney Health System Inc.’s merger with its rival Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany, Georgia, on hold as the parties try to hammer …

State Attorneys General confer about drones and privacy

Each week brings another weird story about a drone popping up someplace or another. In January, a federal government employee crash-landed a “micro-drone” on the White House lawn at 3 …

FTC and DOJ told that health-care has gone ‘haywire’

In a health-care system that the keynote speaker described as having gone “haywire,” Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice officials are being asked to sort out the winners and …

FTC:WATCH book launch set for March 16

The publication of an FTC:WATCH book chronicling the history of the Federal Trade Commission to coincide with the agency’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated at a March 16 reception.

The launch …

FTC at 100: The battle over Robert Bork, and its lingering aftershocks

Editor’s Note: The Federal Trade Commission is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year; the first official meeting of the commission was held on March 16, 1915. In this series of …