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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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With the announcement of Apple’s iOS7, Professor Joshua Gans, with Rotman School of Management, examines Apple’s relationship with the app developer community.
Several TAP scholars are participating this weekend in the 11th Annual International Industrial Organization Conference. Hosted by the International Industrial Organization, the 3-day conference will cover topics ranging from technology and information, access regulation and net neutrality, and search behavior to vertical contracts in high-tech industries, the effects of intellectual property policy, and the economic impacts of innovation.
Economist and law professor Howard Shelanski is nominated by President Obama to a White House position charged with reviewing the regulations that are proposed by government departments. In an interview with The Antitrust Source, Professor Shelanski discusses his thoughts on patent reform, innovation and antitrust policy.
Professor Daniel Sokol has recently published a paper about merger control in China and the outcomes under China’s Anti-Monopoly Law (AML). "Merger Control Under China's Anti-Monopoly Law" explores the factors that drive merger outcomes under China's AML.
The major antitrust news from earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) announcement that it has ended a nearly two-year investigation into Google's search and mobile business practices and declined to press antitrust charges continues to garner debate in technology sectors. TAP scholars share their expertise and thoughts on this intensely debated decision.
TAP scholars James Grimmelmann, Frank Pasquale, Eric Goldman, and Geoffrey Manne share their thoughts on the Federal Trade Commission’s announcement that it has completed a nearly two-year investigation into Google's business practices.
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.
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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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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
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March 5, 2021

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One key legal question is whether data should move from A to B, or be prevented from moving from A to B. Requiring the transfer of data can be harmful in some ways and beneficial in others.

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