From the existing market dynamics and firms’ restructuring activities, perhaps mergers and acquisitions have historically captured the greatest amount of attention and has provoked the strongest sentiments for both sides of the issue. Classic Microeconomic Theory has long supported the general assumption that market concentration yields a higher market power within the industry and thus tends to reduce consumer welfare. On the other hand, concentration itself may occur in furtherance of efficiency and increase society’s welfare. The establishment of antitrust regulation, aiming to safe guard competitive incentives within an industry without jeopardizing market dynamics, soon identifies the need of developing quantitative tools to assess the degree to which competition is being harmed by mergers and/or collusion, so that verdicts can be reached. But how good are these measures? Do they actually measure what we think they do? That’s what I’ve devoted my research to find out.

Research

  • Cost Efficiencies and Upward Pricing Pressure. Work in Progress
  • Anti-Competitive Effects of Common Ownership on Hospital Prices. (with José Azar, David Slusky and Donna Ginther) Work in Progress
  • Unilateral Effects of Mergers on Multimarket Oligopolies. Work in Progress
  • Gasoline Price Cycles in Brazil. Work in Progress

Conferences

  • Presenter, Southern Economic Association Conference, November 2018
  • Presenter, Women in Statistics and Data Sciences, American Statistical Association, October 2018
  • Participant, Searle Antitrust Conference, September 2018
  • Presenter, Midwest Economic Association Conference, March 2018
  • Presenter, Missouri Valley Economic Association Conference, October 2017
  • Presenter, Women in Statistics and Data Sciences, American Statistical Association, October 2017
  • Participant, 2017 Hal White Antitrust Conference, Bates White, June 2017
  • Observer, 2017 Kansas Workshop in Economic Theory, The University of Kansas, May 2017
  • Observer, Advanced Econometrics Workshop, The University of Kansas, April 2017
  • Presenter, KU Graduate Research Competition, The University of Kansas, April 2017
  • Observer, 2016 Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, IMPA, July 2016
  • Observer, 2016 Kansas Workshop in Economic Theory, The University of Kansas, May 2016
  • Observer, Advanced Econometrics Workshop, The University of Kansas, May 2016
  • Participant, Midwest Entrepreneurship Research Workshop, Kauffman Foundation, May 2015
  • Observer, Advanced Econometrics Workshop, The University of Kansas, April 2015
  • Observer, Midwest Economic Theory and International Trade Meetings, Center for Theoretical Economics and Department of Economics, University of Kansas, October 2014
  • Observer, Advanced Econometrics Workshop, The University of Kansas, April 2014

2017-05-19 16.05.03