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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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Geoffrey Manne, Lewis and Clark College, shares the news of TAP scholar Joshua Wright’s appointment to the Federal Trade Commission.
Recent works in antitrust from Professor Daniel Sokol and Professor Christopher Yoo look at the global limits of competition law and social networks and antitrust law, respectively.
Professor Randy Picker, University of Chicago School of Law, discusses the relationship between market power and advertising within the context of the Google antitrust investigations in both the U.S. and E.U.
Vertical integration, merger analysis, platform competition, standard-essential patents, pricing strategies – these are just some of the topics covered at the Searle Center’s Fifth Annual Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy. A conference write-up is provided.
Economics professor Richard Gilbert, University of California, Berkeley, has been asked by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to assist with its antitrust investigation of Google. The FTC has been investigating whether Google has impeded competition in its search and advertising businesses by the way search results are displayed and its rates for search-related advertising.
Professor Randy Picker, University of Chicago Law School, examines the enormous turmoil in the book market. With e-books, Amazon’s strong position in the book market, and the recent antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five book publishers over price-fixing allegations, the cost of books and e-books vary greatly.
Susan Athey and Hal Varian debate Internet competition and antitrust during the Technology Policy Institute Forum.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of F. Scott Kieff for Member position with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) and Joshua D. Wright for Commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The technology to pay for a latte with the tap of smartphone is here. Smartphone manufacturers, mobile network operators, credit card companies, application developers, as well as companies involved in location-based advertising are all vying for a piece of the mobile wallet action.
Professor Daniel Sokol, University of Florida’s Levin College of Law, highlights a video that illustrates price fixing.
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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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Is ‘Big Tech’ Too Big? A Look at Growing Antitrust Scrutiny

The article reports on investigations at the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission over “aggressive business practices” at Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Additionally, the report includes a look into the House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust probe. New York University antitrust law professor Eleanor Fox is quoted.

Eleanor Fox
The Washington Post
June 4, 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