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Competition policy uses economic analysis to enhance our understanding of how firm behavior affects social welfare. Scholars featured on this site consider how technology markets function, and the special issues raised by networks, platforms, interoperability, and bundling by firms like Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

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TAP Blog

Several TAP scholars will be sharing their insights during next week’s FTC Hearing on whether changes in the economy, new technologies, or international developments warrant adjustments to the competition and consumer protection laws and policies.
Columbia law professor Tim Wu shares expertise from his time as a Senior Advisor with the Federal Trade Commission to explain how the agency approved Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram. Professor Wu proposes unwinding that merger in order to insert competition to help ‘check’ Facebook’s power.
Among the topics discussed at this year’s Searle Center antitrust conference were the effect of acquisitions on startup projects, the potential for coordination after mergers, and competition policy and innovation.
Rotman School of Management economics professor Joshua Gans introduces his policy brief for The Hamilton Project: “Enhancing Competition with Data and Identity Portability.”
An article by George Mason University professor Joshua Wright explains the value of enabling the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to police internet service providers (ISPs).
Carl Shapiro shares his insights about how to move antitrust enforcement forward in a constructive manner during this time of growing concern over the political and economic power of large corporations in the United States.
Among the topics examined at this year’s Searle Center antitrust conference were market power in telecommunications, how price caps affect competition, minimum advertised price restrictions, and patent policy.
Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, discusses a proposal to advocate for social graph portability rather than regulation or antitrust when dealing with market power issues that arise from platforms like Facebook.
Princeton computer science expert Edward Felten explains the European Commission’s claims against Google for anti-competitive tactics.
Harvard Business School professor Shane Greenstein provides a tongue-in-cheek look at notable information technology events and people from 2016.
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Fact Sheets

Global Antitrust (Competition)

The laws that set the ground rules prohibiting firms from engaging in anti-competitive practices are usually called “antitrust laws” in the United States, and “competition laws” in Europe and other regions. These laws differ among nations, and each country enforces its laws independently.

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Justice Department Announces Broad Antitrust Review of Big Tech

"It looks like the antitrust winter is over." — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Tim Wu
The Washington Post
July 23, 2019

Featured Article

Innovation, Reallocation and Growth

The authors use a model to suggest which sorts of industrial subsidies encourage growth.

By: Daron Acemoglu, Nicholas Bloom, Ufuk Akcigit, William R. Kerr