ECON 162. Antitrust and Market Regulation


This seminar studies the regulation of firms operating in imperfectly competitive markets.  The course will have a strong focus on antitrust topics, such as collusion, mergers, and exclusive dealing.  Other forms of regulation, such as net neutrality, FCC wireless spectrum auctions, and energy price controls, will also be studied.  Students will learn to apply economic models and use data to understand the impact of government intervention on the strategic actions of businesses and consumer welfare.  There will be a strong emphasis on learning the realities of policy implementation, the tools government economists use to evaluate regulations, and real-world case studies.
Prerequisite:  ECON 011  and ECON 031  (or its equivalent).
Social sciences.
2 credits.
Spring 2020. Remer.
Catalog chapter: Economics  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/economics


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