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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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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.
Antitrust law professor Dan Sokol offers a look at the antitrust faculty with the most downloaded articles from 2016.
The 9th Annual Antitrust Economics conference hosted by the Searle Center covered topics ranging from the design of spectrum auctions, the effects of loyalty rebates, patent policy, and market discipline from poor performance.
Stern School of Business economics professor Nicholas Economides provides an overview of the antitrust issues Google is currently facing in the EU. He offers insights from Microsoft’s antitrust challenges from a few decades ago.
This weekend, TAP scholars Michael Whinston and Shane Greenstein are participating in the “14th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference.” They will be discussing topics ranging from innovation, vertical contracting, and technology adoption.
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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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A Leading Critic of Big Tech Will Join the White House

“Extreme economic concentration yields gross inequality and material suffering, feeding the appetite for nationalistic and extremist leadership.”  — Tim Wu, Professor of Law, Columbia University
Tim Wu
The New York Times
March 5, 2021

Featured Article

Platforms and Ecosystems: Enabling the Digital Economy

Digital platforms alter the structure of markets and create complex business ecosystems. Platforms challenge traditional methods of management and regulation.

By: Marshall Van Alstyne, Arun Sundararajan, Michael G. Jacobides