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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 83

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Bristol Myers and Celgene in $74bn pharmaceutical merger

Two of America's biggest drug companies have announced a blockbuster merger.Read More.

The American Conservative

Why Regulators Went Soft on Monopolies

Federal officials become economists and lawyers who help kill competition for their corporate clients. Welcome to the new Gilded Age.Read More.


Ahead of Siemens/Alstom, the competition law community should do more to defend the European Commission (and our law-based system)

Readers of the blog know that I am sometimes critical of the European Commission. Read More.


More competition law breaches by construction companies, against backdrop of declining sectoral awareness

Two construction businesses have admitted to breaching competition law and will be fined by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), in the latest example of the sector falling foul of competition rules.Read More.

Truth on the Market

Drug Prices and Distortions in the Pharmaceutical Market

Drug makers recently announced their 2019 price increases on over 250 prescription drugs. Read More.

DISCO Project

What Will Competition Policy in 2019 Look Like?

2019 is here, and it is looking like competition issues will be a big part of policy considerations for the year. It’s a good time to take a step back and look at where we are likely headed. Here are my 2019 predictions.Read More.

CorRe Blog

It’s raining Amazon probes: the Bundeskartellamt joins the Commission in investigating the tech giant’s marketplace practices

On 29 November 2018, the German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) announced an investigation into Amazon’s business terms and practices on its German marketplace.Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Media Mergers and the Critical Impact of Non-Price Considerations: A New Zealand Case Study

Mark Berry and George Spittle
Every once in a while a case will come along which tests the boundaries. NZME/Fairfax is one such case.Read More.

Review of Industrial Organization

When Multiple Merged Entities Lead in Stackelberg Oligopolies

Walter Ferrarese
I study a merger model among symmetric Cournot firms where—before a merger occurs—firms choose output simultaneously and in which a merged entity acquires the market leadership. Read More.

CESifo Working Paper No. 7226

Airline Alliances and Service Quality

Jan K. Brueckner and Ricardo Flores-Fillol
Convenient scheduling, characterized by adequate flight frequency, is the main quality attribute for airline services. Read More.

Research Paper

Buyouts Lead to Less Innovation, New Research Shows

Douglas J. Cumming, Rejo Peter and Monika Tarsalewska
We study the effect of public-to-private buyout transactions on investments in innovation using an international sample from thirty-six countries over the 1997-2017 period. Read More.

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