Panel 1: Gender and Competition Policy: What's Gender Got to do With it - 8:30am to 10:00am.
To date, competition policy has been assumed to be largely gender blind and prides itself on the reliance upon objective economic principles. However, the OECD has recently been considering whether applying a gender lens might in fact help make competition policy even more objective by identifying additional relevant features of the relevant features of the relevant market, and of the behavior of consumers and firms. How can we apply a gender lens to traditional competition law considerations? In addition, while we know that having increased female representation on a company's board of directors may improve a company's overall financial results, what is the impact on the competitiveness of the firm and competition compliance? If the "glass ceiling is just another cartel" - is antitrust another tool that can crack it?
Anita Banicevic, Davies Ward
Ellen Creighton, Competition Bureau
Chris Pike, OECD
Panel 2: Economics of Antitrust Analysis and Policy: the Relevance of Gender - 10:20am - 11:50am
It has been said that unconscious gender bias is prevalent, but has it also been built into antitrust economics? For instance, if research has shown that gender influences the price that consumers pay, should we be defining the relevant antitrust markets for men and women separately? Or is this a distinction without a substantive difference? Similarly, if a company can discriminate between the price it charges between males and females, does this mean that we should analyses the market harms differently? Similarly, if antitrust agencies are looking at labor monopsony issues raised by mergers (or otherwise), should the nature of the jobs be taken into account? Are there any other relevant and gender-specific considerations that should be taken into account when thinking about the economics of antitrust?
Liz Bailey, NERA
Vandy Howell, Cornerstone
Margaret Sanderson, CRA
Estefania Santacreu-Vasut, ESSEC Business School
Please note that this teleconference is co-sponsored by the ABA Antittust Law Section's Women's Initiative and the Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Section
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