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Antitrust Law

Tech Podcasts for Social Scientists

The number of lists documenting the best tech podcasts is almost infinite. This list is specifically designed for social scientists – lawyers, economists, political scientists, complexity theorists, etc. I hope it helps. Yours truly, Thibault Schrepel *** Acquired Spotify | Apple Podcast | YouTube | Website What? Why?: “Acquired tells the stories of great companies. The...
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Big Tech and Web3

The relationship between Web2 giants and Web3 projects is “complicated.” More than complicated, the relationship is complex. Web2 giants and Web3 projects cooperate and they compete. In “The Complex Relationship Between Web2 Giants and Web3 Projects”, I untangle their relationship, explore their distinct value propositions, and draw the lines of what could be one of tomorrow’s new...
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The world’s most downloaded antitrust articles of 2022

As for previous years, here are the world’s most downloaded antitrust and competition law articles posted on SSRN during the course of 2022.
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VIDEOS: Computational Antitrust, Implementing Antitrust 3.0

I am pleased to be sharing 12 videos discussing how to implement computational antitrust, the challenges, and potential the field creates. These videos present what the U.S. Department of Justice is doing in the space, question the future of due process in antitrust litigation, discuss the robustness of machine learning to detect big-rigging, show how...
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Alan J. Meese: “The Constitutional Moment That Wasn’t: 1912-1914 and the Meaning of the Sherman Act”

Dear readers, the Network Law Review is delighted to present you with this month’s guest article by Alan J. Meese, Ball Professor of Law and Dean’s Faculty Fellow and Director at the William & Mary Center for the Study of Law and Markets. **** The Curse of Bigness sketches Tim Wu’s NeoBrandeisian vision. Wu invokes Learned Hand’s assertion...
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Social Media vs. Social Network: Implications For Antitrust Law

The recently published Digital Markets Act (Regulation 2022/1925) applies to gatekeepers providing a “core platform service.” “[O]nline social networking services” are listed as one of these services (article 2); social media services are not. Chances are the Commission considers them to be the same thing—at least for the purpose of this regulation—but they are not. The difference...
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The USA’S Midterm Elections and Antitrust

Welcome to Crane’s Cartel, a trimonthly series where University of Michigan law professor Daniel Crane engages in hard-core mind-fixing. **** For those observing American politics from abroad, the headline from the 2022 midterm elections was that the predicted “red wave” did not happen. The Republicans narrowly retook the House of Representatives but failed to re-take...
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William H. Page & John E. Lopatka: “Parker v. Brown, Legislative Immunity, and Anticompetitive State Regulation”

Dear readers, the Network Law Review is delighted to present you with this month’s guest article by William H. Page, Marshall M. Criser Eminent Scholar Emeritus, University of Florida Levin College of Law, and John E. Lopatka, A. Robert Noll Distinguished Professor of Law, Penn State Law. **** In a recent article, we examine the relationship between the...
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Stanford CodeX Computational Antitrust 2nd annual conference

I am thrilled to announce the 2nd edition of the Stanford CodeX Computational Antitrust Project annual conference. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers waiting for you to discuss antitrust 3.0. Antitrust agencies from over 65 countries, top academics, and practitioners will discuss advances in the field for what promises to be a groundbreaking conversation. Join...
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The Effect of Venture Funding on Killer Acquisitions

The subject of killer acquisitions is capturing the ever-increasing attention of antitrust scholars and agencies. Several reasons explain this trend, but how frequent are killer acquisitions in practice? Prof. Schrepel waves in.
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Daniel F. Spulber: “How Do Vertical Mergers Affect Innovation? Learning from Illumina”

"How Do Vertical Mergers Affect Innovation? Learning from Illumina", this month's guest contribution by Daniel F. Spulber, Professor of International Business, Strategy, and Law at Northwestern University. Spoiler alert: there does not appear to be empirical evidence that vertical mergers diminish innovation and harm competition.
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Thomas W. Hazlett: The FTC’s Rendition of the “Cellophane Fallacy”

In the pending case of FTC v. Facebook, the Government alleges price increases for the “free” service. In this zero-price offering, the FTC argues that effective prices have been increased by Facebook by relaxing rules that protect against the use of personal information. These instances have not led to observed declines in quantities demanded (for...
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The Antitrust API

Computational antitrust promises not only to help antitrust agencies preside over increasingly complex and dynamic markets, but also to provide companies with the tools to assess and enforce compliance with antitrust laws. The Stanford Computational Antitrust project is pushing new boundaries and exploring new territories in the space. (...)
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Eleanor E. Fox: “Response to Professor Jonathan B. Baker On The Competitive Process Goal”

Competitive Process is not a standard but a descriptor I read with interest the essay of Professor Jonathan Baker, A Competitive Process Goal Won’t Strengthen Antitrust. The essay catalogues the dangers and pitfalls of using “protection of the competitive process” as the standard for antitrust violations. Professor Baker attributes this standard to me. I do indeed...
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Calling For a New Theory of Dynamic Competition

Welcome to Ph.D. Voices, a monthly series in which Ph.D. candidates share their research with the antitrust world. The first entry is by Anouk van der Veer, Ph.D. candidate at the European University Institute. **** Introduction Once upon a time, companies like Google, Apple, and Meta were praised for their success. But the fairy tale has...
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