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William Kovacic’s recent paper, “The United States and Its Future Influence on Global Competition Policy,” discusses how the United States can most effectively promote the global adoption of sound substantive competition policy principles and procedures.
In “FRAND in India,” Professor Dan Sokol and his coauthor Professor Shubha Ghosh show that the current mix of Indian institutions may not yet be well suited to address complex issues of antitrust enforcement.
Professor Matthew Gentzkow discusses competition in media, and how it is sometimes beneficial and at other times harmful.
Highlights from the 8th Annual Searle Center Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy are provided.
Professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, reports on how Google and Bing view the value of data from online user behavior.
University of Maryland law professor James Grimmelmann examines the European Commissions’ recent “Statement of Objections” alleging that Google has violated antitrust law.
Economics professor Joshua Gans, Rotman School of Management, examines the effect on competition when shareholders own shares across competing firms.
The 13th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference will cover topics as diverse as the economics of online privacy, competitive effects of regulation, patent troll litigation strategies, and competition in hospital premiums. TAP scholars Jay Pil Choi and James Rebitzer will be participating.
Glen Weyl and his co-author Alexander White challenge much of the conventional completion policy perspectives on platforms in their new paper, “Let the Right ‘One’ Win: Policy Lessons from the New Economics of Platforms.”
The FTC at 100, a George Washington Law Review symposium, examined the Agency’s challenges and successes in the areas of administrative law, competition law, and consumer protection and privacy law.
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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

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