Links of December 2019

Please find below the articles that I enjoyed during the month of December 2019. Mostly antitrust-related, but not limited to it. Learn about them on a more regular basis by following me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential. Antitrust: Repeal Continental Can (Thibault Schrepel) Competition Policy at a Crossroad (Jean Tirole) A Rap on Competition (Philip Marsden) Competition For-The-Market (OECD) A Framework for Regulating Competition on the Internet (Ben […]

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Most data doesn’t pre-exist = it can’t be used for payment or exchange

This post is a response to John’s response to my post entitled “Why you are not paying with your data” (that’s confusing!). I am publishing it on December 27th to make sure that John is away and can’t criticize it further (< machiavellian laughter >). To be fair, John has already received these comments, and in any […]

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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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Understanding the Zero-Price Economy: We’re the Producers, Not the Consumers

Understanding zero-price markets has never been more important. With the FTC reportedly weighing whether to block Facebook’s plans to integrate its various apps, and various investigations underway across the globe, more scrutiny than ever is being paid to Silicon Valley giants. But what do we pay for these digital apps. One of my favorite things […]

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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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Links of November 2019

Please find below the articles that I enjoyed during the month of November 2019. Mostly antitrust-related, but not limited to it. Learn about them on a more regular basis by following me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential. Antitrust: Populism, Fairness and Competition: Should We Care and What Could We Do? (Frédéric Jenny) Balancing Versus Structured Decision Procedures (Louis Kaplow) Blind[ing] Me With Science: Antitrust, Data, […]

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Anarchy, State, and Blockchain Utopia

Imagine a space in which the Rule of Law does not have the same prevalence it has in the real space. Imagine a space where fundamental rights are created and enforced by the technology, a space in which your rights are absolute, meaning that you enjoy no limits on them in exchange for not being […]

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Links of October 2019

Please find below the articles that I enjoyed during the month of October 2019. Mostly antitrust-related, but not limited to it. Learn about them on a more regular basis by following me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential. Antitrust: Retooling Antitrust Law For Digital Markets (Thibault Schrepel) Promoting Sound Policies for the Next Decade (Christine S. Wilson) “Attention markets” and their consequences for antitrust […]

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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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