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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 56

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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

The New York Times

How the Government Could Win the AT&T-Time Warner Case

Last year, I predicted the government’s case to block the merger of AT&T and Time Warner would most likely be the antitrust case of the decade. That may prove to be an understatement. Read More.


Australia threatens ANZ, Deutsche and Citi with criminal charges over share issue

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia is preparing criminal cartel charges against the country’s third-biggest bank and underwriters Deutsche Bank and Citigroup over a $2.3 billion share issue, in an unprecedented move with potential implications for global capital markets. Read More.

European Commission

Commission confirms approval of acquisition of Dutch cable TV operator Ziggo by Liberty Global, subject to conditions

The European Commission has reapproved with conditions, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Ziggo by Liberty Global. The merger was first approved in 2014. Following the annulment of this approval by the General Court in 2017, the Commission has reassessed the merger. Read More.


Taking Stock: Assessing Common Ownership

Noah Joshua Phillips, Commissioner
I want to end the day by returning to a topic discussed earlier – that is, the competitive effects and antitrust implications, if any, of “common ownership”. Read More.

The Israel Antitrust Authority

The Israel Antitrust Authority announced today its objection to the merger between Bank Mizrahi and Bank Igud

The disappearance of Bank Igud as a competitor likely would harm the already limited competition over private customers in the banking sector. Read More.

Disruptive Competition Project

Essential facilities in tech: A poor match

Many tech commentators have, whether they realize it or not, invoked the “essential facilities doctrine” as a foundational argument for why we need to be concerned about companies with high market share. Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

Network Structure and Consolidation in the U.S. Airline Industry, 1990–2015

Federico Ciliberto, Emily E. Cook, Jonathan W. Williams
We study the effect of consolidation on airline network connectivity using three measures of centrality from graph theory: Degree; Closeness; and Betweenness. Changes in these measures from 1990 to 2015 imply: (i) the average airport services a greater proportion of possible routes; (ii) the average origin airport is fewer stops away from any given destination; and (iii) the average hub is less often along the shortest route between two other airports. Read More.

Working Paper

The Rise of Economics in Competition Policy: A Canadian Perspective

Marcel Boyer, Thomas W. Ross, Ralph A. Winter
Competition policy in Canada and elsewhere has changed remarkably over the last fifty years – in large measure due to advances in economics. Read More.



Brian Adams and Kevin R. Williams
We quantify the welfare effects of zone pricing, or setting common prices across distinct markets, in retail oligopoly. Read More.

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