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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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Economics professor Joshua Gans explains the antitrust concerns underlying the terms Apple Inc. set recently for media companies wanting to sell their content on its popular iPad.
While the U.S. Senate is in recess, review a few of the hearings held this past session on antitrust, patents, and intellectual property.
This edition of IP Colloquium sets out to understand the first sale doctrine, tracing its public policy justifications and comparing copyright's approach to that of antitrust.
TAP academics have explored and written on antitrust and competition issues at length. This post highlights just a few of the articles on antitrust topics that our academics have written.
Professor Joshua Wright explores the limits of antitrust in the context of patent holdup.
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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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E.U. Takes Aim at Big Tech’s Power with Landmark Digital Act

“It is possible that even the U.S. Congress will now conclude that they are done watching from the sidelines when the E.U. regulates U.S. tech companies and will move from talking about legislative reform to actually legislating.” — Anu Bradford, Professor of Law, Columbia University

Anu Bradford
The New York Times
March 24, 2022

Featured Article

Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem

Critics question the size and scope of massive firms like Amazon and Google. “Jeffersonians” and “Hamiltonians” offer complementary policy strategies to counter the failures of digital capitalism.

By: Frank Pasquale