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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 111

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Google job search tool under EU microscope

EU regulators are checking Google for Jobs to see if the company unfairly favors its fast-growing tool for searching job listings, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Tuesday. Read More.


Tobacco giants Philip Morris and Altria in $200bn merger talks

Tobacco giants Philip Morris International and Marlboro-maker Altria are in talks to re-unite, more than a decade after the two firms separated. Read More.


German cartel office to take Facebook case to High Court

Germany’s cartel office said on Monday it would appeal a regional court decision to suspend restrictions it had placed on Facebook’s data collection practices to the country’s highest court. Read More.


Action against BlueScope for alleged cartel conduct

The ACCC has instituted civil proceedings in the Federal Court against BlueScope Steel Limited (BlueScope) and its former general manager sales and marketing, Mr Jason Ellis, for alleged cartel conduct in relation to the supply of flat steel products. Read More.


Investment planning: factoring in UK merger control regime

The acquisition of a minority shareholding (which satisfies the jurisdictional criteria under the UK merger control regime) without obtaining clearance presents a range of legal and commercial risks for the parties, including that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) could ultimately order the acquisition to be undone. Read More.


Insurgent Grocer Aldi Shows the Brutality of Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive competition shakes up stale markets and drives a lot of consumer benefits. It can also lead to painful transitions, put long standing companies out of business, impact employment, and rock industries. Read More.

CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper Series

Challenges for EU Merger Control

Massimo Motta and Martin Peitz
The proposal to relax EU merger control to allow for anti-competitive European Champions may lead policy makers to update current merger control. Read More.

NBER Working Paper

Are Price-Cost Markups Rising in the United States? A Discussion of the Evidence

Susanto Basu
A number of recent papers have argued that US firms exert increasing market power, as measured by their markups of price over marginal cost. Read More.

Finance and Economics Discussion Series

Does Price Regulation Affect Competition? Evidence from Credit Card Solicitations

Yiwei Dou, Geng Li and Joshua Ronen
We study the unintended consequences of consumer financial regulations, focusing on the CARD Act, which restricts consumer credit card issuers’ ability to raise interest rates. Read More.

International Journal of Industrial Organization

Common Ownership, Market Power, and Innovation

Xavier Vives
I examine the effects of overlapping ownership on market power when there are external effects across firms. Read More.

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