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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 59

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Linde, Praxair offer concessions in bid to win EU okay for merger

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German industrial gases company Linde (LING.DE) and U.S. peer Praxair (PX.N) have offered concessions in a bid to address EU antitrust concerns and secure approval for their merger. Read More.

European Commission

Commission opens investigation into restrictions to the free flow of gas sold by Qatar Petroleum in Europe

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether supply agreements between Qatar Petroleum companies exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and European importers have hindered the free flow of gas within the European Economic Area (EEA), in breach of EU antitrust rules. Read More.

Truth on the Market

Will the European Commission Reduce the Incentive to Innovate?

The EC’s Android decision is expected sometime in the next couple of weeks. Current speculation is that the EC may issue a fine exceeding last year’s huge 2.4B EU fine for Google’s alleged antitrust violations related to the display of general search results.Read More.


The EC’s Expected Decision Against Android Is an Unfortunate Attack on Open Source Software

The European Commission (“EC”) is preparing to release its decision against Android, and its framing of the issues makes clear that successful open source software will have a hard time in Europe. Read More.


Why Network Effects Matter Less Than They Used To

When we teach strategy to MBA students, our student want magic bullets, things they can do to make their companies thrive forever. For a long time we emphasized “network effects” as a potential secret sauce for business models. Read More.



Norwegian judges seek support from the EFTA court on the relevant limitation period in competition law damages actions after a district court ruled that a claim brought by a ferry operator was time-barred. Read More.

Truth on the Market

Weekend reads: Big is bad edition

Big is bad, part 1: Kafka, Coase, and Brandeis walk into a bar … There’s a quip in a well-known textbook that Nobel laureate Ronald Coase said he’d grown weary of antitrust because when prices went up, the judges said it was monopoly; when the prices went down, they said it was predatory pricing; and when they stayed the same, they said it was tacit collusion. Read More.

Economics Letters

Recapture ratios in merger analysis

Serge Moresi and Hans Zenger
Most quantitative tools for assessing competitive effects of mergers rely heavily on recapture ratios (also known as aggregate diversion ratios). Read More.

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 18-09

Common Sense About Common Ownership

Douglas H. Ginsburg and Keith Klovers
Some scholars have argued that the phenomenon known as common ownership, which refers to an investor's simultaneous ownership of small stockholdings in several competing companies, is anticompetitive and prohibited by the U.S. antitrust laws.Read More.

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