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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The redesign of antitrust authorities

  Here’s the sixth video of my series dealing with the article entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over here). This post discusses the invisible hand; not the one of Adam Smith, but the one protecting top officials’ personal interests through institutional flaws. I am here calling for three types of reforms to ensure that antitrust agencies work for the greatest […]

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Links of June 2019

Please find below the articles that I enjoyed during the month of June 2019. Mostly antitrust-related, but not limited to it. Learn about them on a more regular basis by following me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential. General antitrust: Remembering Regulatory Misadventures (Christine S. Wilson) Economic Analysis of Network Effects and Intellectual Property (Peter S. Menell) FTC v. Qualcomm, Antitrust, and Intellectual Property (Erik Hovenkamp) Apple […]

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State-owned enterprises and the de facto protection by antitrust agencies

  Here’s the fifth video of my mini-series dealing with the article entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over). This post discusses the independence of antitrust agencies. A lot has been written on the subject, showing that they are, maybe, not ‘so’ independent, because, among other things, they are tied to the parliaments & governments which are funding […]

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Antitrust and moral concepts: recipe for a (very) bad soup

  Here’s the fourth video of my series dealing with the article entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over here). This post discusses the use of moral concepts in antitrust law, and I’ll take fairness as an example showing that antitrust law is (1) ineffective, (2) counterproductive and (3) outside the rule of law when it does […]

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The newest trend in antitrust: focusing on the small picture

  Here’s the third video of the short mini-series dealing with my article entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over here). This post discusses a trend that is growing in antitrust circles: the demand for the creation of rules applicable to all, taken on the basis of micro-practices committed by a few. First, let’s stress the overall economic trends […]

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Populism at antitrust agencies

  Here’s the second video of the short miniseries dealing with my most recent article, “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over here). In this paper, I have studied the extent to which populism thrives within antitrust, and to this end, I have analyzed all of the speeches given by the EU commissioner for competition, the three […]

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Antitrust needs public choice

  Friends, I’m glad to introduce a series of short videos dealing with my most recent article, “Antitrust Without Romance” (to be downloaded over here). The first deals with public choice theory and explains why it’s needed in antitrust. Public choice was introduced in the late 50s and democratized by James Buchanan and Gordon Tullock […]

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Links of May 2019

Please find below the articles that I enjoyed during the month of May 2019. Mostly antitrust-related, but not limited to it. Learn about them on a more regular basis by following me on Twitter at @LeConcurrential. General antitrust: Antitrust Without Romance (Thibault Schrepel) Beware The Unfair Use Of Behavioral Insights By Antitrust Agencies (A Story Of Google And The European Commission) (Thibault Schrepel) A […]

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New article: “Antitrust Without Romance”

Dear friends, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing my newest working paper entitled “Antitrust Without Romance” in which I discuss the extent to which the romantics are taking over antitrust law. To this end, I analyzed all the speeches given by US and EU Commissioners (you’ll find numerous graphs) and showed that they are building on populist […]

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