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THIS WEEK'S ARTICLES
EU Launches Antitrust Investigations Into Qualcomm
FCC Poised to Approve AT&T's Acquisition of DirecTV
Sky-High California Gas Prices Have a Green Additive
Review & Outlook. College Aid Means Higher Tuition
Work & Family. Do You Know What Your Time Is Really Worth?

EU Launches Antitrust Investigations Into Qualcomm
by: Tom Fairless and Don Clark
Jul 17, 2015
Click here to view the full article on WSJ.com

TOPICS: Antitrust

SUMMARY: Europe's competition regulator is training its sights on Qualcomm, adding to regulatory woes that have long dogged the big mobile chip maker.

CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Instructors can use the article as an antitrust case about predatory pricing and licensing. Instructors can ask the question whether pricing below marginal cost is necessarily predatory.

QUESTIONS: 
1. (Introductory) Cite examples in which a seller sets price below marginal cost, but the practice is not anticompetitive.

2. (Advanced) How would an antitrust authority determine whether a company's setting of price below marginal cost is predatory?

3. (Advanced) What are Qualcomm's licensing issues that have raised antitrust concerns in the past?

Reviewed By: James Dearden, Lehigh University


FCC Poised to Approve AT&T's Acquisition of DirecTV
by: Thomas Gryta
Jul 22, 2015
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TOPICS: Mergers

SUMMARY: Federal regulators are poised to approve AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV, clearing the way for the biggest media deal of the past year.

CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Students can evaluate AT&T's rationale for acquiring DirecTV and the conditions the FCC attached to the deal.

QUESTIONS: 
1. (Introductory) What is AT&T's rationale in acquiring DirecTV?

2. (Advanced) Why are online-video providers concerned about AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV?

3. (Advanced) What conditions is the FCC attaching to an AT&T-DirecTV deal?

Reviewed By: James Dearden, Lehigh University


Sky-High California Gas Prices Have a Green Additive
by: Allysia Finley
Jul 18, 2015
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TOPICS: Environmental Regulation

SUMMARY: The national average is $2.76 a gallon, while Golden State drivers pay $3.88. Eco-virtue is expensive.

CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Students can evaluate whether California's environmental regulation of gasoline and electricity and also gasoline taxes are driving up the state's gasoline prices. They can also discuss whether these regulations and taxes promote economic efficiency (by addressing the negative externality of gasoline).

QUESTIONS: 
1. (Introductory) What is the effect of California's gasoline tax on the price of gasoline in the state?

2. (Advanced) What is the effect of California's regulation of carbon emissions on the price of gasoline in the state? Analyze the regulation of gasoline and the regulation of electricity.

3. (Advanced) Why California gasoline prices compared to those of other states particularly hard hit when refinery disasters occur?

Reviewed By: James Dearden, Lehigh University


Review & Outlook. College Aid Means Higher Tuition
by: Editorial Staff
Jul 20, 2015
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TOPICS: Education

SUMMARY: A new Fed study shows that colleges pocket most student subsidies. The New York Fed staff paper is available at http://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/sr733.pdf.

CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Students can evaluate the effect of grants for higher education on the tuition by using supply and demand, students can evaluate the effect of subsidy on the demand for higher education and ultimately the equilibrium price. Investigating the issue in greater detail, students can examine the relationship between the price elasticities of supply and demand and the effect of federal student aid on equilibrium tuition rates.

QUESTIONS: 
1. (Advanced) In a perfectly competitive market, what is the effect of a subsidy for purchasing a good on the price of the good? How does the magnitude of the price change depend on the price elasticities of supply and demand?

2. (Advanced) What is the effect of federal subsidies to higher education on tuition?

3. (Introductory) Should the federal government subsidize higher education? Should it cap tuition increases set by colleges and universities?

Reviewed By: James Dearden, Lehigh University


Work & Family. Do You Know What Your Time Is Really Worth?
by: Sue Shellenbarger
Jul 22, 2015
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TOPICS: Opportunity Costs

SUMMARY: There are new ways to look at the value of time, allowing people to make more thoughtful choices.

CLASSROOM APPLICATION: Instructors can use this Work & Family column to introduce issues involved in determining opportunity cost of time. They can also use the column to highlight the types of mistakes people make in time-use decisions.

QUESTIONS: 
1. (Advanced) Why does putting a dollar value on your time require more than dividing your pay by hours worked?

2. (Advanced) What are examples of inconsistencies in decisions about the use of time?

3. (Introductory) Should people factor opportunity cost into their time-use decisions?

Reviewed By: James Dearden, Lehigh University


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