Please join us for a dynamic discussion on the draft merger guidelines.


Public Workshop on DOJ/FTC's 2023 Draft Merger Guidelines
This hybrid workshop will feature two panel discussions with academics, economists, practitioners, and former enforcers regarding questions and issues on which public comment will be most useful.

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023, 1:30 - 4:45pm Eastern
Location: Harvard Kennedy School, Wiener Auditorium (ground floor of Taubman Building)
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Virtual: Zoom Webinar

Co-sponsored by the MIT Economics Department and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School

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Welcome and Introduction - 1:30pm (15 minutes)

  • John Haigh, Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School
  • David Lawrence, U.S. Department of Justice

Panel 1: Evidentiary and Analytical Tools for Assessing Competition in the 21st Century Economy– 1:45 pm (1.25 hours)


  • Leemore Dafny, Harvard Business School 
  • Martin Gaynor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Louis Kaplow,  Harvard Law School 
  • Dominic Vote, WilmerHale  LLP

Moderator: Aviv Nevo, Federal Trade Commission

Coffee Break – 3:00 pm (15 minutes)

Panel 2: Competition For, On and to Displace Platforms and Entrenchment– 3:15 pm (1.25 hours)


  • Daniel Francis, New York University School of Law
  • Elinor Hoffmann, New York Attorney General, Antitrust Bureau 
  • Kristen Limarzi, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Marc Rysman, Boston University

Moderator: Susan Athey, U.S. Department of Justice

Concluding Remarks/Discussion:  4:30 pm (15 minutes)

  • Kenneth Merber, Federal Trade Commission