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Antitrust Law

Repeal Continental Can

In a world in which competition agencies would always rely on empirical evidence, I would be teaching the following to my students: when agencies investigate potential abuses of dominant positions, they are required to show (1) a dominant position, (2) an abuse and (3) a link (causation) between the alleged dominant position and the alleged abuse....
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Why you are not paying with your data

Conferences are full of buzz words and gimmicks. In 2019, two of them are trending: “data is the new oil”, and… “you are paying with your data”. The first has been debunked by my friend Alec Stapp, see here. Let me now discuss the second one by asking you a few questions. Would you say that… you...
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Dynamic Competition and Online Platforms: join us in Paris on Dec. 4, 2019

I am delighted to announce that registrations for the conference co-organized by the University of Utrecht School of Law and the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) are now open. This conference entitled Dynamic Competition and Online Platforms: Evaluating Recent Government Reports will be held in Paris on December 4 and will have for focus to examine the merits and drawbacks of the spate...
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Retooling antitrust law for digital markets

I was recently invited by Concurrences (thank you!) at the French Parliament to assess the need to retool antitrust law for digital issues. We had a very nice exchange among the panel that I would like to thank for opening up many new avenues of research. I also very much enjoyed the format – a real discussion...
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A conversation with Vernon L. Smith

I am very pleased to add one Nobel laureate to my “Antitrust Conversations”: Vernon L. Smith. Vernon has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 for “having established laboratory experiments as a tool in empirical economic analysis, especially in the study of alternative market mechanisms.” According to the Nobel Committee, he has “laid...
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Competition law academics’ favourite articles

For this article, I asked European academics and friends specializing in competition law to send me their three favourite articles ever written in the field, and to explain their choice. Not easy (at all!), but here are their contributions. I leave you with the pleasure of identifying which articles are the most cited… Thibault Schrepel (@LeConcurrential)...
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Heuristic antitrust

In Thinking, Fast and Slow (2013), Daniel Kahneman (Nobel recipient, 2002) devotes a chapter to what he calls “heuristic questions.” See for yourself: “A remarkable aspect of your mental life is that you are rarely stumped. True, you occasionally face a question such as 17 × 24 = ? to which no answer comes immediately to mind,...
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Candid impressions from a trip in the heart of the Brazilian antitrust scene

I spent last week in Brazil, where I was invited by the International Chamber of Commerce to discuss blockchain and antitrust. The event has been very informative, a great success! I warmly recommend you to go to the 2nd edition of the Brazilian Competition Day next year. I also took advantage of my stay in São Paulo...
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“Antitrust Without Romance” in videos

Friends, over the last several weeks, I’ve discussed my article entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” using videos. It has been a fun (and weird) experience. Whether you’d like to learn about the romantics, or to visit Amsterdam, you’ll find them all at the links below: Antitrust needs public choice Populism at antitrust agencies The newest trend in antitrust:...
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Antitrust law is not a statement

  Here’s the seventh and final video of the series dealing with the article entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over here). This post discusses a simple idea: antitrust law is not a statement. Antitrust law uses economic variables, but it does not mean that its application is to be fully justified by the latter, indeed, its legal roots...
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