"FTC Protecting Competition and Consumers: Economics of Loyalty Pricing and Debt Collection"
The Federal Trade Commission deals with two branches of law enforcement: competition and consumer policy. The talk will reflect the work that the FTC does in those areas. In certain cases, the FTC is suspicious of dominant firms offering price discounts in return for a customer’s willingness to limit dealings with the dominant firm’s rivals. Other times, the FTC gets involved with the economics of debt collection, which is essential to capital markets but apt to be taken too far, and with some of the things that policy does about that problem.
Note: Registration is open through Wednesday, 10-19-11. Anyone desiring to attend after this date will just walk in at the door, but cannot be guaranteed the lunch will be available. (Please wait to check in until all prepaid or reserved people have checked in for seating)