Review of Industrial Organization

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 325–344 | Cite as

Economics at the FTC: Office Supply Retailers Redux, Healthcare Quality Efficiencies Analysis, and Litigation of an Alleged Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

  • Keith Brand
  • Martin GaynorEmail author
  • Patrick McAlvanah
  • David Schmidt
  • Elizabeth Schneirov


We discuss in this essay three of the matters on which economists in the Bureau of Economics (BE) at the Federal Trade Commission have worked this past year. BE revisited familiar ground in the first matter, a proposed merger of office supply retailers. The second part of the essay considers efficiency claims in health care mergers, with focus on the acquisition of a physician group by a health care system in Idaho. The final part of the essay discusses empirical work that was undertaken by the Bureau to investigate claims made by marketers of an alleged get-rich-quick scheme.


Antitrust Consumer protection Fraud FTC  Healthcare Retailing 



We thank Michael Vita for helpful comments. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Federal Trade Commission or any of the individual Commissioners.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith Brand
    • 1
  • Martin Gaynor
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Patrick McAlvanah
    • 1
  • David Schmidt
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Schneirov
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Trade CommissionBureau of EconomicsWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.H. John Heinz III CollegeCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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