Blog Symposium Announcement: Is Amazon’s Appetite Bottomless? The Whole Foods Merger After One Year

One year ago tomorrow the Amazon/Whole Foods merger closed, following its approval by the FTC. The merger was something of a flashpoint in the growing populist antitrust movement, raising some interesting questions — and a host of objections from a number of scholars, advocates, journalists, antitrust experts, and others who voiced a range of possible problematic outcomes.

The Rise of Neo-Brandeisian Competition Policy and the Threat to Evidence-Based Regulation: (FTC Hearings, ICLE Comment 1)

FTC Hearings on Competition & Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. Comments of the International Center for Law & Economics: The Rise of Neo-Brandeisian Competition Policy: Populism and Political Power and the Threat to Economically Grounded, Evidence-Based. Competition Law and Consumer Protection Regulation. Submitted August 20, 2018.

E-cigarette taxation: Lessons from “sin taxes”

The Economist takes on “sin taxes” in a recent article, “‘Sin’ taxes—eg, on tobacco—are less efficient than they look.” The article has several lessons for policy makers eyeing taxes on e-cigarettes and other vapor products. Historically, taxes had the key purpose of raising revenues. The “best” taxes would be on goods with few substitutes (i.e., inelastic demand) and on goods deemed to be luxuries.