FTC Chairman Warns About Basing Policy On Recent Studies

By Matthew Perlman (October 9, 2020, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons on Friday pushed back against calls for major reforms to antitrust policy that have arisen after recent economic studies showing increased concentration and lax merger enforcement, including one study cited by a House report on the issue.

Simons, speaking during the virtual version of Fordham University School of Law's annual international antitrust conference, opened his remarks by praising the commission's Bureau of Economics and its contribution to the agency's casework and research.

"Needless to say, I strongly believe that economic analysis is a powerful tool for informing policymaking, and I welcome efforts by economists at...

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