Working Paper No. 15-03: A History of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics

Sep 07 2015
Working Papers

The Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the American Antitrust Institute (AAI) are pleased to announce the publication of the first comprehensive history of the Bureau of Economics of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Former FTC economist Dr. Paul Pautler’s A History of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics is now available on the websites of both institutes.

AAI President and economist, Dr. Diana Moss, noted “We are pleased to highlight this novel history, particularly in light of the evolution and role of economics in the antitrust issues studied by our institutes.” Professor Spencer Weber Waller, Director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies added “We are thrilled to work with Paul Pautler and the AAI to make this comprehensive and important work available to scholars and policymakers in the public domain, on a lasting basis.”

A History of the FTC’s Bureau of Economics is available for free as a 2015 Working paper at the website of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, on the AAI website as Working Paper No.  15-03, and on SSRN.com.

Dr. Pautler served at the FTC in numerous capacities from 1978 to 2014, notably as a Deputy Director of the Bureau of Economics for over 25 years. He received a number of awards, including the FTC’s Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Dr. Pautler’s other published work covers industrial organization, antitrust policy, health care economics, and regulation. He is currently working on a book on the economics of consumer protection. He lives with his wife of 37 years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia.

The American Antitrust Institute is an independent, nonprofit education, research, and advocacy organization working to increase the role of competition, assure that competition serves the interests of consumers, and challenge abuses of concentrated economic power in the American and world economy. 

The Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies is a non-partisan, independent academic center designed to explore the impact of antitrust enforcement on the individual consumer and the public.  The Institute seeks to promote a more competitive consumer friendly economy.

 

Media Contacts:
Spencer Weber Waller
Professor and Director
Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
312-915-7137
Swalle1@luc.edu
www.luc.edu/antitrust

Diana Moss
President
American Antitrust Institute
202-536-3408
dmoss@antitrustinstitute.org
www.antitrustinstitute.org