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Competition Policy and Antitrust

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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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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Technology Economist Susan Athey Adds DOJ Role to Her Multidimensional Career

“Because technology such as artificial intelligence moves so quickly, it’s hard for the government to keep up. We have to figure out how all branches of government are going to be prepared to guide us through a different age” — Susan Athey, Professor of Economics and Technology, Stanford University

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Stanford’s Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence News
July 7, 2022

Featured Article

Standard Setting Organizations and Standard Essential Patents: Voting and Markets

Some observers are concerned that standard setting unfairly benefits the owners of standard essential patents (SEPs). However, standard setting organizations (SSOs) usually choose rules that benefit all.

By: Daniel Spulber