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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 131

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

Here below you find the most relevant articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


Vestager’s next big fight will be with Europe

Margrethe Vestager was running late. Read More.


State AGs, Justice Department discuss Google antitrust probe

State attorneys general investigating Alphabet Inc’s Google unit (GOOGL.O) met on Tuesday with U.S. Justice Department officials to coordinate efforts to probe the search and advertising giant, officials told Reuters. Read More.


EU probes maker of Toblerone and Milka for anticompetitive behavior

The Commission has concerns that Mondelēz may have restricted cross-border sales in single market. Read More.


Qualcomm’s alleged anti-competitive behavior is facing EU scrutiny once again

This time, its radio frequency front-end chips are to blame. Read More.


CMA provisionally finds competition concerns in airline booking merger

An in-depth investigation has provisionally found that Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix raises competition concerns. Read More.



In December 2019, the CAK approved the merger between two Kenyan telecom firms, Airtel and Telkom Kenya, subject to a number of wide ranging conditions. Read More.

Truth on the Market

Rybnicek: The Draft Vertical Merger Guidelines Would Do More Harm Than Good

In an area where it may seem that agreement is rare, there is near universal agreement on the benefits of withdrawing the DOJ’s 1984 Non-Horizontal Merger Guidelines. Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

Is the Whole Greater than the Sum of Its Parts? Pricing Pressure Indices for Mergers of Vertically Integrated Firms

Michael Trost
The paper analyzes gross upward pricing pressure indices—iGUPPI—to assess the anti-competitive effects of mergers between vertically integrated firms where independent rivals are active in the downstream market. Such indices could be used, for example, to screen mergers between mobile network operators that compete with mobile virtual network operators in the downstream retail market. Read More.

Working Paper

Capping Bundle Discounts: Two Regulatory Rationales

Martin C. Byford and Stephen P. King
Mixed-bundling of groceries and gasoline is common in a range of countries including Australia, the US, the UK, and parts of Europe. Read More.

Working Paper

Dario Cestau

Dario Cestau
Lack of competition among the underwriters of municipal bonds increases the borrowing costs of local municipalities. Read More.

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Valur Þráinsson
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