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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 114

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

The Week in Tech: An Emerging Twist on Antitrust

If regulators and lawmakers are serious, they’re going to have to rethink a traditional approach to monopolies. Read More.


Few U.S. lawmakers hit 'like' button after Facebook CEO visits Capitol Hill

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrapped up three days of discussions with Washington movers and shakers on Friday, with few if any indications he had won new “friends” to help the top social media company deal with multiple probes by Congress, state attorneys general and federal regulators. Read More.


Watchdog threatens to refer JD Sports takeover

JD Sports' takeover of Footasylum is facing greater scrutiny after the competition watchdog warned it could result in "a worse shopping experience for customers". Read More.


Drug firms admit to colluding in order to keep prices up

Two suppliers of the antidepressant, nortriptyline, have admitted illegally sharing information in order to keep prices up. Read More.

European Commission

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigations into individual “excess profit” tax rulings granted by Belgium to 39 multinational companies

The European Commission has opened separate in-depth investigations to assess whether “excess profit” tax rulings granted by Belgium to 39 multinational companies gave those companies an unfair advantage over their competitors, in breach of EU State aid rules. Read More.

Autoridade da Concorrência – Portuguese Competition Authority

AdC imposes fine of 48 million euros on EDP Produção for abuse of dominance

The AdC (Autoridade da Concorrência – Portuguese Competition Authority) imposed a fine of 48 million euros on EDP – Gestão da Produção de Energia, S.A., (EDP Produção), for abuse of dominance in the market for secondary reserve services in mainland Portugal, over a period of five years. Read More.

The New York Times

A Challenge to Big Tech and Antitrust Thinking in a Surprising Place

Convocation speeches are usually filled with inspiring life lessons or sage advice, but this year’s graduating class at the University of Chicago heard something else: a battle cry against tech monopolies from one of the school’s leading economists. Read More.


A Modest Proposal for Antitrust Enforcement

What antitrust enforcers should do about large tech companies, if anything, has been the subject of much recent commentary. Read More.

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13821

Patterns of Competitive Interaction

Mark Armstrong and John Vickers
We explore patterns of competitive interaction by studying mixed-strategy equilibrium pricing in oligopoly settings where consumers vary in the set of suppliers they consider for their purchase. Read More.

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper

Competition Policy for Labour Markets

Herbert Hovenkamp
Competition law in many jurisdictions defines its consumer welfare goal in terms of low consumer prices. Read More.

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