Leading economics professor to discuss the Sherman Antitrust Act at UF Law’s Heath Lecture
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Matt Walker, UF Law Communications
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joseph Harrington, professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the third annual Bayard Wickliffe Heath Memorial Lecture Friday at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Harrington will discuss “Game-Theoretic Ruminations on Section 1 of the Sherman Act,” at 10 a.m. in the Chesterfield Smith Ceremonial Classroom, HOL 180. The lecture is free and open to the public.
“Joe Harrington has been one of the most important names in antitrust for his research into cartels, which utilizes elegant game theoretic models,” said UF Law Professor Daniel Sokol. “His policy work with antitrust agencies around the world allows Joe to bridge the worlds of theory and practice. He is a star in the field and we are honored to have him as our Heath Lecturer.”
The Sherman Antitrust Act, which was passed by Congress in 1890, was one of the earliest and most important antitrust laws established in the United States and still forms the basis for much of today’s antitrust litigation.
Often used in business and economics, game theory uses applied mathematics to examine how “players” interact within certain scenarios – and the benefits or problems that could arise from how they relate to one another.
The Heath Memorial Lecture Series was made possible by a gift from Inez Heath, Ph.D., widow of Bayard “Wick” Heath. Before his death in 2008, Heath was the senior competition consultant with Info Tech, a Gainesville firm specializing in statistical and econometric consulting, expert witness testimony and antitrust law.