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Your Weekly Digest | Issue 116

Valur Thrainsson
2 min read

Good morning,

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


Drug firms colluded to raise price of essential NHS medicine by 1,800%, watchdog finds

Collusion by three pharmaceutical firms has resulted in eye-watering price rises for a life-saving drug purchased by the National Health Service, according to provisional findings by the competition watchdog. Read More.


Antitrust probers in Congress ask Spotify to detail alleged Apple abuses - sources

U.S. lawmakers have requested information from Apple critic Spotify as part of an antitrust probe, according to two sources briefed on the investigation into allegations the iPhone maker engages in anti-competitive behavior to support its own apps. Read More.

European Commission

Commission opens in-depth investigation into joint ventures proposed by Boeing and Embraer

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed creation of two joint ventures by aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the transaction may reduce competition as regards commercial aircraft. Read More.


The dangers of monopolists without constraint

The Port of Newcastle is at risk of becoming a monopolist without constraint, said ACCC Chair Rod Sims. Read More.

Kluwer Competition Law Blog

Dutch competition authority ACM publishes a sector report on the impact of biosimilars on competition between TNF-alfa inhibitors

The Dutch competition authority, ACM, initiated a market study in 2018 into the effect of the introduction of biosimilars on the competition between TNF alfa inhibitors. Read More.


The postman will no longer ring twice: Minister unblocks postal merger

The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) recently blocked postal operator PostNL's acquisition of its only national competitor, Sandd, because this would create "a monopolist on the postal delivery market". Read More.

DisCo Project

Key differences between U.S. and EU merger investigations

Antitrust scholars and practitioners have long debated merger policy, and where harm to competition can come from. Read More.


Comments on Android (I): some questions for economists on market definition

Like many others, I guess, I jumped on the Android decision as soon as it became available. Read More.



Matthew Backus
The correlation between productivity and competition is an oft–observed but ill–understood result. Read More.

CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper Series

Trust, Investment and Competition: Theory and Evidence from German Car Manufacturers

Giacomo Calzolari, Leonardo Felli, Johannes Koenen, Giancarlo Spagnolo and Konrad O. Stahl
Based on data from a comprehensive benchmarking study on buyer-supplier relationships in the German automotive industry, we show that more trust in a relationship is associated with higher idiosyncratic investment by suppliers and better part quality|but also with more competition among suppliers. Read More.

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