FTC Hearings on Competition & Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. Comments of the International Center for Law & Economics: Summing Up the FTC Hearings: Advocates for Increased Antitrust Intervention Failed to Make Their Case. Submitted Jun 30, 2019.
The Department should be commended for undertaking this workshop “to explore industry dynamics in media advertising and the implications for antitrust enforcement and policy.... and the competitive dynamics of media advertising in general.” The competitive dynamics of advertising markets—and digital advertising markets, in particular—are complicated and not well-understood.
It might surprise some readers to learn that we think the Court’s decision today in Apple v. Pepper reaches — superficially — the correct result. But, we hasten to add, the Court’s reasoning (and, for that matter, the dissent’s) is completely wrongheaded.
Working with a roster of more than fifty academic affiliates and research centers from around the globe, ICLE develops and disseminates academic output to build the intellectual foundation for rigorous, economically-grounded policy.
Ben Sperry is a former Associate Director of the International Center for Law & Economics, where he worked on FTC reform, competition policy, data and privacy, telecommunications, and net neutrality. He is returning to ICLE after spending three years in his hometown, first serving as a judicial law clerk and then as a public defender in western Pennsylvania.
Ben received his Bachelor’s degree in political science from Allegheny College and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University Law School, where he was a member of the George Mason Law Review. He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.