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Staggered Difference-in-Differences Estimation for Antitrust Analysis: A Review of New Literature and Recommendations for Practitioners

Hassan Faghani and Steven VanOmmeren

April 30, 2024

Hassan Faghani and Steven VanOmmeren discuss new literature surrounding difference-in-differences (DiD) methods for antitrust analysis with staggered treatment mechanisms. The authors explain how a popular antitrust analysis technique can be biased in common applications and how academics have provided new estimators and sensitivity tests to address its weaknesses. The authors discuss the implications of three important topics (parallel trends, the not-yet-treated group, and data with customer entry and exit), supplemented by a Monte Carlo analysis, and argue that the new tools available for DiD analysis should bring about a higher standard for robust antitrust work.

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In a previous article, the authors examined developments in DiD theory and provided guidance on what noneconomists need to know to make informed decisions with DiD in antitrust applications.

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