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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 40

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


AT&T merger judge says 'no big issues' in trial preparations

The U.S. judge who will decide if wireless and pay TV provider AT&T Inc may purchase Time Warner Inc said on Friday that he saw “no big issues” in pre-trial preparations. Read More.


New publication in the series of papers on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy":

The paper describes the development of online advertising from a simple banner to the diverse advertising products available today, classifies the most common types of online advertising and explains the importance of online advertising as an economic sector. Read More.

Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic

AMO SR initiated administrative proceedings relating to the imposition of a fine for submitting false information

On 29 January 2018 the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic, the Division of Concentrations, (hereafter "the Office") initiated the administrative proceedings in the matter of the imposition of a fine for a possible infringement of the Act on Protection of Competition (hereafter "the Act") grounded in submitting false information. Read More.


Workshop on cartel screening in the digital era

The OECD organised an interactive one-day workshop for competition officials in Paris on 30 January 2018 to provide an insight into the latest developments on screening methods. Read More.


Antitrust Merger Enforcement Update: One Year into the Trump Administration

Below are some of the recent developments that have impacted merger enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Antitrust Division of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as European regulators. Read More.


Helm’s Wishful Thinking on Energy Policy: Repeating Past Mistakes, Expecting Different Results

As our experts explain, Helm’s recommendations for future energy policy directly contradict his own analysis of its past failures. Most notably, Helm’s proposal to nationalise the operators of the electricity system flies in the face of his own critique of the panoply of previous government interventions in the sector. Repeating past mistakes and expecting different results is wishful thinking, and does not make good energy policy. Read More.

Working Paper

Common Ownership Does Not Have Anti-Competitive Effects in the Airline Industry

Patrick J. Dennis, Kristopher Gerardi and Carola Schenone
In many markets, institutional investors own significant equity stakes in multiple firms that compete in the same product market. A debate among legal and financial scholars has emerged on whether competitors with "common owners" have incentives to engage in anti-competitive behavior. In contrast to the findings in AST that greater common ownership leads to significantly higher average airline prices, our results suggest that there is no relationship between common ownership and prices in the airline industry. Read More.

DICE Discussion Paper

Commission Expansionism in EU Merger Control – Fact and Fiction

Philipp Werner, Serge Clerckx and Henry de la Barre
Whilst we would agree that Competition Commissioner Vestager’s arrival led to tougher enforcement, we do not believe that the Commission is currently at a pivotal merger control crossroads. Rather, the Commission has shown renewed vitality in enforcement and undertaken initiatives to adapt its enforcement policy to changing market conditions, even if these may be debatable. Read More.

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