Building a New Consensus on Antitrust Reform

When: November 14, 2018 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Where: SVC 203-2, The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, First Street Northeast, Washington, DC, USA

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Please join the Washington Center for Equitable Growth on Wednesday, November 14, at noon for a conversation on reforming federal antitrust law.

Competition protects consumers, fosters innovation, increases wages, and spurs entrepreneurship. Antitrust laws are the primary tool to prevent the accumulation and exploitation of monopoly power in the marketplace. There is substantial concern that U.S. antitrust laws and their enforcement are failing to protect competitive markets, and that the resulting increase in monopoly power is harming consumers, workers, and the dynamism of the overall economy. This event will focus on issues that policymakers should consider in assessing potential reforms to antitrust laws and enforcement.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, will deliver keynote remarks. A panel of prominent experts in antitrust law and policy will discuss areas of agreement and disagreement on the broad principles of reform.

RSVP is required by Friday, November 9.

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., and the event will begin promptly at noon. Lunch will be provided. Event is designed to meet Senate and House ethics guidelines as a widely attended event.

For any questions, please contact events@equitablegrowth.org.

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. One of our flagship programs is our work on competition policy and market concentration, which seeks to understand the causes and impact of increasing market power and to develop policy proposals that can strengthen competition.

Presenters

Featured keynote:

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

Presentation: Louis Brandeis: A Man for This Season

Jonathan Sallet, Senior Fellow, Benton Foundation, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and former General Counsel of the Federal Communications Commission

Discussants:

Renata Hesse, Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, former Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice

Michael Kades, Director for Markets and Competition Policy, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

John Kwoka, Neal F. Finnegan Distinguished Professor of Economics, Northeastern University

Sandeep Vaheesan, Legal Director, Open Markets Institute

Introductory remarks:

Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Closing remarks:

Carl Shapiro, Professor of Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Location

The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, First Street Northeast, Washington, DC, USA

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