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The Year in Review: Economics at the Antitrust Division, 2009–2010

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Rev Ind Organ (2010) 37:291–307 DOI 10.1007/s11151-010-9271-7 The Year in Review: Economics at the Antitrust Division, 2009–2010 Ken Heyer · Carl Shapiro Published online: 7 December 2010 © The Author(s) 2010. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com Abstract This paper covers the activities of the Economic Analysis Group of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, during 2009–2010. It describes the economic analysis undertaken by EAG in several important investigations and other activities as an advocate for competition. Keywords Antitrust · Competition policy · Mergers 1 Introduction The past year has been an active and exciting one for economists in the Economic Analysis Group (EAG) of the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As in years past, a substantial share of their efforts were devoted to reviewing proposed mergers and acquisitions. The economic analyses that were performed in several of these are described in this article. In addition, EAG has been actively involved in a variety of competition advocacy efforts, including the presentation of the Department of Justice’s views in regulatory filings with sister agencies and in the preparation of amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court. EAG economists also continue to provide training, both domestically and in international settings, and to engage in substantial individual research, the results of which are often presented at academic conferences and/or published in academic journals and other publications. The views contained herein are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Department of Justice. K. Heyer (B) · C. Shapiro Competition Policy Section and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, USA e-mail: [email protected] 123 292 K. Heyer, C. Shapiro In this review article we describe a number of these activities, focusing especially on o

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