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Antitrust Law

Beware the unfair use of behavioral insights by antitrust agencies (a story of Google and the European Commission)

Let’s play a game: I pretend to write the script of a movie, and you tell me which movie that could be. OK, here we go: 1. The Setup In platform markets, one side (generally, advertisers) is paying while the other may not pay with the thing we call… money. This is not true for...
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Podcasts for antitrust law enthusiasts [updated in 2022]

Here is a list of all podcasts (I listen to) antitrust law enthusiasts may enjoy—whether to get new information or bold ideas to change the world. There is no particular order… unless there is a spontaneous one… 😉 *** Stanford Computational Antitrust Spotify | Apple Podcast | Stitcher | YouTube What? Why?: The podcast explores...
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Podcast: three episodes on “blockchain and antitrust”

Dear readers, I had the honor of participating in Professor Caron Beaton-Wells’ terrific podcast, Competition Lore. We talked at length about blockchain antitrust. I invite you to listen to the three dedicated episodes that have just been released: The first one is dedicated to a general presentation of the technology The second is focused on a discussion...
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BOOK: Predatory innovation in antitrust law

Dear all, I am very happy to announce that my first book is now available for sale – now in paperback and digital version. Entitled “Predatory innovation in antitrust law », it deals with predatory innovation (surprising, isn’t it ;), but also with competition on digital markets. In fact, this book is intended to all academics, lawyers,...
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NEW: “Collusion by Blockchain and Smart Contracts”

Dear readers, I am very pleased to finally introduce my second article on the subject of blockchain and antitrust/competition law: “Collusion by Blockchain and Smart Contracts”. (click here to download it) I believe that this is the first article to introduce a taxonomy of collusion on blockchain and to explore their functioning, their robustness, and their...
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The world’s most downloaded antitrust articles of 2018

As every year (see 2015, 2016, 2017), here are the 10 most downloaded antitrust articles in the world on SSRN. There is a real balance this year, at least between consumer welfare standard vs. neo-Brandeis movement and digital vs. non-digital issues. Enjoy your reading and a very happy new year 2019.
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The (coming) Amazon probe proves antitrust hipsters to be wrong

Antitrust hipsters – or Neo-Brandeisians, as self-proclaimed – have been playing on fears (“be very afraid,” OK?) for the past two years or so. Tech giants would be real monsters endangering democracy, explaining why they “lead the effort to protect democratic institutions and the liberties of citizens from concentrated corporate power and develop solutions to America’s monopoly crisis.” The...
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The Very Best of “Radical Markets”

Dear readers, Here is the second article in our series “The Very Best Of” following a first installment about The Antitrust Religion (link). As a quick reminder, this new series aims at taking the “best” extracts from books dealing with competition law so to present them in the words of the author. Written by Eric...
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BOOK: Predatory innovation in antitrust law

Dear all, I am very happy to announce that my first book is now available for sale. Entitled “Predatory innovation in antitrust law », it deals with predatory innovation (surprising, isn’t it ;), but also with competition on digital markets. In fact, this book is intended to all academics, lawyers, practitioners, judges, public authorities, business leaders...
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The European Commission is undermining R&D and innovation: here’s how to change it

Regardless of which standard you want to apply to competition law – consumer welfare, total welfare, hipster or redneck antitrust – it’s never good when competition/antitrust agencies are undermining innovation. Yet, this is precisely what the European Commission is doing. Today, the agency announced a €4.34 billion fine against Alphabet (Google). It represents more than...
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Blockchain Antitrust

LINK TO DOWNLOAD THE ARTICLE Dear Friends, We often hear that the end is near, that we’re all going to die (Keynes / Steven Spielberg’s movie) and that technology (especially robots) is leading us to our end. But what if that were to be true, at least as far as competition law is concerned? Last Friday, I...
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NEW antitrust conversations with Nobel laureates

Dear readers, Remember last summer March when I published conversations on antitrust/competition law that I’d had with three Nobel laureates… well, I do it again! I’ve questioned three other Nobel laureates – Michael Spence, Alvin Roth, and Robert Aumann – on some “hot topics” covering antitrust law, including merger control, cartels, the politicization of the law, behavioral economics, monopolization on...
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The Very Best of The Antitrust Religion

Here is the first article of a new series on Concurrentialiste Review in which I summarize books on antitrust law – not by writing an analysis myself, but by taking the “best” extracts from them. That way, you save time and I’m happy, everybody’s a winner! I start with Edwin Rockefeller’s The Antitrust Religion (2007). The author...
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Thibault Schrepel wins the “Academic Excellence Award”

Thibault Schrepel, founder of the Revue Concurrentialiste and Research Associate at the University Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), has won the “Academic Excellence Award” last week which rewards “an academic competition specialist who has made an outstanding contribution to competition policy in 2017 ». What an amazing news! Congratulations!! ***** Academic Excellence Award winners: 2018: Thibault Schrepel (Paris 1...
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Three antitrust conversations with Nobel laureates in Economics

I am delighted to introduce three conversations on antitrust law I’ve had very recently with Nobel Prize laureates in Economics: Edward C. Prescott, Angus S. Deaton & Oliver D. Hart. I have interviewed them (and others, to be published in the coming months) to understand how useful their work could be to antitrust law. Given the rigor...
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