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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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Comparative Antitrust

In the United States, “antitrust law” refers to the body of State and Federal laws that prohibits unlawful agreements and practices by firms with market power that harm competition. Europe, Asia and Latin America call the governance of market competition “competition law”.

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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

Using Spectrum Auctions to Enhance Competition in Wireless Services

This paper looks at how regulators can support more competition between different wireless services.

By: Gregory L. Rosston, Peter Cramton, Evan Kwerel, Andrzej (Andy) Skrzypacz