Avishalom Tor delivers behavioral antitrust talk to the Department of Justice antitrust division

Author: Denise Wager

Avishalom Tor, professor and director of the Research Program on Law and Market Behavior at Notre Dame Law School, delivered a virtual lecture to lawyers and economists of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division in Washington D.C. and throughout the country earlier this summer. 

The lecture was part of a series exploring new frontiers in economics and competition policy. Tor’s talk, “Behavioral Lessons for Antitrust Enforcement,” challenged attendees to think about antitrust enforcement in new ways and to consider the application of empirical behavioral findings to antitrust law and policy.

Professor Tor introduced the key findings of behavioral antitrust and explored its implications for doctrine and enforcement across the field, in areas ranging from horizontal restraints, through market power and monopolization, to vertical restraints and merger policy. The lecture concluded by showing how behavioral antitrust challenges the very foundations of antitrust law, followed by a Q&A session with the participants.  

Tor’s presentation can be viewed here, and the accompanying slides are available here