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Why is Facebook in Control of Instagram?

“Isn’t antitrust law supposed to stop companies from buying off their rivals to achieve market dominance? … Our standards for assessing mergers, fixated on consumer prices, were a poor match for the tech economy and are effectively obsolete.” - Columbia law professor Tim Wu

How Important Is Innovation When Assessing Mergers?

At this year’s Searle Center Antitrust Conference, UC Berkeley professor Richard Gilbert moderated an examination of the links between competition policy and innovation. An assessment of antitrust enforcement agencies in Europe and the U.S. was included.

Susan Athey Shares her Passion for Economics and AI

“That was really why I got excited about working on AI. … All of my training was about counterfactuals, but it was applied to very simple data sets and really simple problems. With these huge new data sets, there was a possibility to learn about cause and effect in a much grander scale.” – Stanford economist Susan Athey

Could a Universal Basic Income Ameliorate the Effect of AI on Jobs?

In “Public Policy in an AI Economy,” economist Austan Goolsbee considers the importance of the speed of AI deployment, concluding that AI will have little overall effect on employment if it is deployed slowly. Some see a Universal Basic Income as a solution to widespread job losses, but Goolsbee finds that this policy is flawed, as low-wage workers would quit, and those who spent their income unwisely would be left penniless.

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Tim Wu Makes a Case for Breaking Up Facebook and Instagram

Posted on October 15, 2018
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.

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